I love trying new recipes and then sharing them with you. However, sometimes things don’t turn out. In honor of April Fool’s Day, I thought I’d let you know about a recent bread machine mishap.
Soda Pop Bread Recipe
I found a recipe for bread made with soda pop. The recipe used cola but stated that any type of soda could be used. Imagine the possibilities! Would grape soda make purple bread? Could I find pineapple soda and make Hawaiian soda pop bread? I was very excited!
For my first experiment, I selected root beer. I was hoping for a darkish bread with maybe a hint of sassafras. As the bread was baking it looked wonderful! However, the aroma was a little off-putting. I sniffed and tried to put my finger on exactly what it smelled like. It wasn’t a food smell, but it was familiar. I realized with horror that the bread smelled like a wet dog. I kid you not!
When the timer chimed, the loaf looked beautiful! However, the smell was still there. I let the bread cool and then sliced it. You can see where this is going, can’t you? Yes, my friends, I tasted it. While I have never actually tasted a wet dog, I can now imagine what it would be like. I threw the whole loaf away. Yuck!
However, I just couldn’t get over how perfect the loaf of bread looked. After thinking about it, I decided that my problem might have been in using root beer. I got a liter of lemon-lime soda and tried the recipe again.
Just like the first time, the bread looked great. The smell was definitely better. OK, it was still a little strange, but much better. The Man of The House (he hates it when I call him Mr. Diva) helped me with the taste test. He took a bite of the bread and said, “It’s OK, but I notice . . . . an aftertaste.”
That loaf of bread went into the garbage as well. The soda pop bread experiment was at an end.