I made this with FourLoko Cranberry Lemonade for a party; I was kinda dubious about using that drink, but I promise it won't affect the rating! I wanted to bring something fun and different, and I love baking a good loaf of bread.
Making the starter was easy-peasy; I put it to "rise" in the microwave after I boiled some water to give it a nice warm, moist environment. I added in the FourLoko and watched as it all turned pink while I mixed everything else together! I had just a bit too MUCH flour (and I used 16 oz of liquid), but it was easy to get the dough exactly as described. I used my new kitchenaid with the dough hook. I raised the dough in the same conditions as the starter. The dough seemed really flat and kinda diminutive, though. I was worried that there wouldn't be enough!
HOLY OMG! It grew a lot on the rise. That made me happy. But what's weird is that the consistency changed. It was difficult to hold, let alone work into a loaf, so I popped it into a loaf pan. Dunno if I did something wrong or not to make it change so much. After the second rise, I didn't score the bread (I wanted it to be crustier) and just popped it in the oven with a pan on the bottom with water in it like the directions said.
Other than the fact I wish I'd scored it, it turned out wonderfully; the tang that was there when I tried the dough was gone, the texture is AWESOME (light, fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the out) and it's pink! I'm saving this recipe for sure!
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I made this with FourLoko Cranberry Lemonade for a party; I was kinda dubious about using that...