This is a “What NOT to Do” kind of post. When I was in college to be a teacher, the professors always told us to only write on the board what you wanted the students to remember. If you wrote what not to do, invariably, that’s all they are going to remember.
I’m not heeding my professors’ advice on this post.
It’s too funny not to share.
So I’ve been experimenting with a new way to make bread, right?
What I failed to mention in the previous post is that you have a pan with 1 cup of water in the oven along with the bread. The steam from the water helps make that luscious crust I was raving about.
Here’s the method: Warm up the oven with a baking stone (for the bread) and broiler pan (for the water) in it. Scoot the dough onto the stone and pour a cup of water into the broiler pan then quickly shut the oven door to trap in as much steam as possible.
Ok, after baking my first loaf I noticed that the evaporated water left a residue in the bottom of my broiler pan. That’s no fun. Not entirely difficult to clean, BUT
***enter GREAT idea***
a GLASS pan would be so much easier to clean after baking my bread!
Stop laughing. I can hear you. I did not foresee what was to come. Obviously.
Everything was going beautifully. My loaf has risen marvelously. It slid onto the stone perfectly. Then along came the water…
Pyrex 8×8 pan has gone to be with Jesus. I loved you little pan!
Now that was a reaction I was not expecting. I jumped away from the oven so fast! I spilled water everywhere in the kitchen, but thankfully, the oven contained the explosion quite well.
Hot glass pan + mildly hot water = explosion
Notes from this experience:
1. Yes, I did continue baking the loaf to perfection. I was in such shock that I just shut the oven door to contain any further chain-reaction explosions, set the timer, and let the bread bake.
2. No, we did not eat the loaf. Although it looked soooo yummy. I figured it would not be good to possibly ingest shards of glass.
3. Dan asked me why I continued to bake the loaf, and I did not have a good reason.
4. I became intimately acquainted with the inside of my oven as I worked to clean the glass out once it cooled. I did not touch the oven for hours and hours though because I was afraid of aforementioned chain-reaction explosions.
5. I obviously do not know how heat, water, and different materials react to each other. I’m an actuary, not a scientist.
That’s the end of my tale. Please tell me you’ve done something this stupid too. Or you can laugh and say it’s only me! 🙂