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The WRONG time to Quadruple the Batch

I have learned that there is a right time to quadruple the batch when baking.

I have also learned that there is a very wrong time to quadruple the batch when baking.

The right time to quadruple the batch is when I know what I am doing, I have made it before, and I will actually be able to use/freeze the extras of whatever I’m baking.

The wrong time to quadruple the batch is when I don’t know what I am doing, I haven’t ever made it before, and there is no way I will be able to use or freeze whatever I’m baking. Oh yeah, also when I am “experimenting.”

Case in point: while trying to perfect a clone of Mimi’s carrot raisin bread recipe, I found a recipe online to start from. I made a loaf. It was okay, but all it needed was an extra pinch of this and an extra dash of that.

Completely certain of my added steps, I quadrupled the batch with plans to freeze the extra loaves.

And I made four loaves.

The finished product was more or less the equivalent of a lump of clay. Just not quite as tasty.

I smacked myself in the head. DOI DAN! Of course it is going to turn out like crap. Instead of replacing this ingredient, you should have replaced this one.

Completely certain of my added steps, I quadrupled the batch with plans to freeze the extra loaves.

And I made four loaves.

And the finished product was more or less the equivalent of gooey pitas with bits of deformed raisins mixed in.

I smacked myself in the head. DOI DAN! And I told myself what I did wrong, and not wanting to not have my four loaves, and so certain of what I needed to do to fix it, I made four more loaves. All of which tasted and looked like garbage.

I finally gave up after making 12 horrible, inedible loaves, and went back to the original recipe. I measured everything precisely. I made one loaf.

And it came out perfectly.

I tasted it.

Close enough, I thought. Close enough.

By that time, I didn’t have enough ingredients to try again, and so I finished off that loaf and never did get my three backups.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. Later on, I finally did come pretty close to perfecting it.

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