Fact of the matter is - I would be a lot better off if this one would actually stick in my brain.
When one is cooking or baking a fraction of a recipe - it is a whole lot simpler to sit down and write out the directions, with the amounts for the ingredients adjusted.
Take this 4-seed Soda Bread (that I've been meaning to bake for ages.) I decided to make a small loaf (1/2 a recipe) and against my better judgement I didn't pre-determine all of the calculations.
So I made up 1 cup of buttermilk (even though the original recipe called for 1&3/4 cups, which meant that really I only needed 1+1/4+1/8 cups.)
Then because I got flustered in trying to get the stuff into the oven as quickly as possible (because soda bread rises from the baking soda action - which starts when it gets wet) I poured in the little whole cup of milk - and was confused when the dough was so sticky that there was no way to knead it as the instructions directed.
I plopped it into a lined pan (which I forgot to flour - so the paper was stuck to the bottom of the loaf.) It looked like the saddest little blob I've ever made. Then I realized my mistake - but wasn't about to scrape it back into the bowl to try and add more flour. So I just put it into the oven.
Somehow it actually grew a bit and baked. I haven't tasted it yet - but my hopes aren't too high.
I kind of looks nice. Ish. Right?
Next time - I'll take a couple of minutes beforehand and will try to add the right amount of liquid.
Ah well - next time.