Let’s start off with no baked goods were harmed in the making of this post. Along with no humans or animals or property. Okay, good, let’s move on to the story.
This took place about 2 years ago. We (boyfriend and I) had decided to try and make a beer bread recipe. I recall that it included a lot of butter so that when placed in the oven liquid was just sitting on top of the dough. Everything was going just fine. We were excited to try a new type of bread. We set the oven, waited, and out came beer bread.
Now that weekend we were headed up to see his family and decided we wanted to share the bread and get additional opinions on how good beer bread was. So off we went on our Saturday plans. If memory serves me correct the bread was received well.
Come Sunday morning, I woke up early and decided to make cinnamon rolls. Preheat the oven, walk away let it get up to temp and start to ready for the day. Beep… oven ready! Walk over to the oven and start to open it up to notice:
Is that a flame.. In my oven
What no… no… there aren’t fires in ovens…
Oh.. Oh there IS a FIRE in my oven.
I then proceed to quickly shut the oven door, look around and think fast. I call out to my boyfriend get him to get up and continue to repeat “There’s a fire in the oven”. It ends up the vacuum of shutting the oven snuffed out the flame but I still needed to get the smoke out. So we quickly open up the main door and the patio door and get a nice wind tunnel going through the apartment. Then slowing easing the oven door open to let the smoke out little by little all while the alarm is alerting us and several neighbors to our mishap.
It turns out that some of the butter from the beer bread recipe pooled in the bottom of the oven and I did not notice it. So unknowingly I started the oven up the next morning not realizing it needed to be cleaned.
Take Away: If making beer bread always check and clean oven afterward. A general rule of thumb should be to periodically clean your oven, because it’s a good thing to do anyway, but especially after beer bread!
I hope you never experience a kitchen fire.
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