perhaps more sleep…?

Thursday afternoon I was in the mood to try out my new bread pans.  I didn’t have a lot of time before leaving to take kids to swim lessons.  But I figured if I hustled and the bread rose fast, I should be able to pull the loaves out just as we were leaving.

When it was time to leave, the bread was almost done.  I decided to turn off the oven and leave the bread in. Hopefully the oven would stay hot just long enough to finish the baking.

When we got home from swim lessons a couple hours later, the kids were ravenous.  I handed a loaf of bread — perfectly baked, hooray! — to my 15 year old son to slice and hand out to hungry kids.  That way they wouldn’t die of hunger before I could get dinner on the table in 20 minutes. There was happy munching all around and I was allowed to cook in peace.

The next day at lunch time I remembered that I still had two loaves of bread.  One loaf would be a perfect addition to the leftovers I was warming up for lunch.    I scanned the counter.  Peeked in the freezer.   Asked blank-faced children.  Looked in the fridge.  No one knew where the missing loaves had gone.

Suddenly I had a thought. With a sinking feeling I opened the oven.  Sure enough, there were my two lovely loaves, still in the oven 16 hours after they’d been baked.

It turned out they were still in good shape, not even dried out or shriveled up.

Unlike my brain.

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  1. Hehe. I hate it when I do things like that! But it always makes for a good story. I’m glad they are still fresh!

  2. Oooh, that is a relief they were still ok! lol I’ve done that before, but mostly on the grill. I’ve found very, very, um, crusty chicken legs the next day that I’d forgotten about (I did remember to turn the grill off, though!).

  3. Wow – very good bread recipe huh? I have recently had days where I put things into the pantry rather than the fridge – thank goodness I check in the pantry often! Good story -and yes – sleep cures MANY issues

  4. I did that once with a pan of wonderful, beautiful, enchiladas. We had a crowd of friends over and lots of food. The extra pan was for leftovers. I think my husband even shed a few tears over that one! Unlike the loaves of bread, they had to be tossed.

    • Joann, I totally understand the psychic pain that must have caused. The only thing worse than wasting food is wasting completely cooked, lovely food that would have made your life easier a different day!

  5. What kind of bread are you baking these days? I am giving it a go in our house and next week I am getting serious an not buying our normal sandwich bread – I will bake it instead. I have gotten good at a french bread, an oatmeal bread, and bagels….but I would REALLY like to get good at some whole grain recipes 🙂

    Your post made me smile!

  6. Wait, you mean it’s not ok to leave them in the oven? That’s what i normally do. I leave them in their pans in the oven, covered with foil.

  7. Lucky you could salvage them.

  8. Just as long as you don’t turn the oven again to preheat for the next meal! I’ve done that before after forgetting something in the oven. It was not pretty.

  9. Ohh, that’s funny it was my bread that you left in the oven! lol I had no idea when I first commented. =P

  10. I know the feeling! I like to let my bread rise in the oven, covered in plastic wrap. I’m famous for ruining the bread because I turned the oven on, forgetting it’s in there, melting the plastic onto the loaves! So frustrating!