I should have let the bread machine do the work but I really wanted to shape the dough myself. The dough was fine in the machine. The minute I touched it, it became an unholy glop of dry and difficult to mold crap. So I beat the hell out of it on my kitchen counter and when I was sweating profusely, I said TO HELL WITH THIS BREAD and i cut it with scissors, set it to rise and the damn thing never rised. I beleive my rising spot wasnt warm enough. And when i saw those deformed strips of unrisen bread I threw them in the oven anyway to show the bread I was in charge. when they were done they were certified weapons. Hard as a rock. The dog wouldnt even eat it. And I had to eat my pesto without crusty bread (blasphemy)
I served this on a small plate- looks like one helluva pasta portion, eh???
New Rule: DIVA is NOT ALLOWED TO BAKE BREAD. That is what the BREAD MACHINE is for.
If anyone wants to teach me how to make a decent loaf of bread, I am ready to learn!