Bread Dough Dilemma

I'M an avid cook and have been for almost 50 years, so I'm very experienced in the kitchen…or so I thought. Although I cook everything from scratch, a few years ago I bought a bread machine.

I was having my friends over for dinner and wanted to make a loaf of bread to accompany the meal. I added my ingredients as always, but when I checked the bread machine, the dough was not forming a ball as it usually did. So I started adding more flour.

I must have put in about 6 cups before I gave up. I simply couldn't figure out what I had done wrong…until I looked at my ingredients again. What I thought was my container of whole wheat flour was actually my homemade hot chocolate mix. —Betty Gardels, Arlington, Texas