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Old 01-11-2013, 11:39 AM   #1
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Too Much Salt for Recipe. Help Needed.

I need help, badly... I'm not a great cook, and I just tried my hand for the first time at baking bread. I followed the recipe calling to place 2 cups flour (used bread flour) 2 envelopes of rapid rise yeast and 2 teaspoons salt in a bowl

except- instead of 2 teaspoons I accidentally put 2 tablespoons salt

is there ANYTHING I can still do with this or should I just throw the whole thing away?


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Old 01-11-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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You can make a whole lot more bread.

Salt controls the growth of yeast, hardens the gluten and flavors the bread.

You should probably start over, you aren't overly invested in this one.

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Old 01-11-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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I'd start over.

Bread can be fussy.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:07 PM   #4
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I guess we can't use the cut up potato advice here...
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:10 PM   #5
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Salt is also a preservative. That bread should last a looooong time.
I'd start over, too. I added too much salt before and the results are not edible, even for a salt lover.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:33 PM   #6
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Give it to Ina Garten. She likes it that way!
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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I guess we can't use the cut up potato advice here...
But what about potato bread? You mean the smashed spuds won't absorb the excess salt!

Teh only thing you could do would be to triple your recipe and not add any more salt. Then you would have to knead it a long time to completely mix the dough. Like the others said, that's a lot of work. Go ahead and start over.

Maybe, if you live in a woodsy area, you could bake that bread and break it up for the critters. They may appreciate the extra salt in the winter. You might also be able to use that salty bread in a poultry dressing, using unsalted broth, more bread, onions, celery, giblets, etc., to dilute the salt content into something palatable. Good luck.

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Old 01-12-2013, 08:04 AM   #8
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It is probably too late, but I might roll it out really thin, top it with some olive oil and herbs, and call it crackers.

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