Yes, I am taking this seriously.
Because of my personality I need some structure, especially if I want to succeed at this little challenge I have given myself. The rules are fairly simple.
- I must follow my chosen recipe to the letter. This means no substitutions or changes.
- Each recipe that I report on must be a recipe I have never made before. This doesn’t mean I can’t make whole wheat sandwich loaves as part of the challenge, only that I try a new recipe instead of an old favorite.
- I must share my honest opinion of each recipe with you. I like successes but if or when there are failures, they will be shared too.
Since I also want to help take some of the scariness out of bread baking I think there should be a little more to my reports about each recipe than “It was good. We liked it” or “Nope we aren’t big fans of this.” So in each weeks bread report will be a recipe report card or sorts.
The hope for the recipe report card is to help keep track of all the recipes we will be trying this year and to, more importantly, keep track of how worthy each recipe is of making again. I will be scoring each recipe based on several different categories and assigning a total score to each new bread we make.
Here are the categories and each categories scoring break down:
Senses: (1 point for each)
- flavor and taste
This category will be scored based solely on our opinions of the flavor, texture, small, look and size of each loaf. If a loaf has a nice flavor, texture, smell and look to it as well as a size fit for serving my family at least a meal than the recipe will score a 5 in this category.
Required hands on time: (5 points)
- 0-15 minutes (5 points)
- 15-30 minutes (4 points)
- 30-45 minutes (3 points)
- 45 minutes-1 hour (2 points)
- 1 hour or more (1 points)
The less hands on time a recipe requires the more points it receives in this.
Total time from start to finish: (5 points)
- 1 hour or less (5 points)
- 1 hour- 2 hours (4 points)
- 2 hours- 3 hours (3 points)
- 3 hours-4hours (2 points)
- 4 or more hours (1 points)
The less time a recipe takes from start to finish the more points it receives in this category.
Recipe: (1 point for each)
- Instructions are clearly written
- Recipe is easy to follow
- Recipe uses common household ingredients
- Gives additional information about the bread in question
- Recipe could be modified if needed.
Versatility: (5 points)
- Is the loaf a one-trick-pony or can the recipe be used or served in different ways.
Likelihood of making it again: (5 points)
- How likely are we to make the recipe again on scale of 1-5 (5 is definitely, 3 is maybe, 1 is no)
Individual Seals of Approval: (3 points total)
- Each Family member can give, or withhold, 1 point to the recipe based solely on their opinion.
Total Possible Score For Each Weeks Recipe: 33
Let the baking, eating, and scoring begin!