Originally Posted by seans_potato_business
I found the bread part to be bland :( Disappointing after a lot of hassle :'(
I'll consider using a computer program to help me document my culinary discoveries :)
The only program you need is a word processing program like Word or a simple text program. You can even just write down your ingredients then transfer them to a document and store them in a file just for bread recipes. I do that and it makes it easy to share recipes with people by e-mail by attaching it to the e-mail. Send me a PM with your e-mail and I'll e-mail you a couple of my recipes as examples of how I set them up.
I found an explanation for you about stiffness of dough using the baker's percentages at Bakers Percentages - Revised
. Go all the way to the bottom of the page and it explains it in Chart 1.
Good luck, and keep experimenting. BTW, I'm surprised the olive oil and sugar gave you a bland bread. If you try it again, replace the white granulated sugar with brown sugar or dark brown sugar. I use that in my Italian bread recipe from Emeril
on the Food network, and everyone raves about it. Very simple and very tasty.