I’ve been making bread this year, and there is something good and noble about doing so……BUT….the mess drives me (and H______) crazy! Everything is fine and theraputic until it gets to the kneading stage. Is there anything that sticks to a sideboard quite like wheat and water? How do get to the phone if it rings?Why does someone knock on the door at this stage?Why do you wear your floppy jumper with sleeves that flop into the bowl?
And how annoying are the clumps of dough that stick to your arm hair? It is a nightmare for a man with hairy fingers as well. You think you have it washed off but a hour or so later you will look down to see a shrivelled, hardened ball of dried dough stuck to the back of your finger and up your arm. Bits of dough will have hardened to the sideboard.
If it wasn’t for the stickiness it would be a lovely job. Tonight I tried a new tactic of adding a few sheets of baking paper on the sideboard. Part of me didn’t like the idea as it was killing the environment and wasting paper but I was happy if it prevented it sticking to the sideboard. But as I kneaded the mixture in a bowl on the paper, the bowl slide about. And the olive oil I rubbed on my hands didn’t mean that the dough didn’t stop sticking (though it did seem to come off easier). Sourdough tribulations.