bear - ingn.1 the manner in which one comports oneself; 2 the act, power, or time of bringing forth offspring or fruit; 3 a machine part in which another part turns [a journal ~]; 4pl. comprehension of one's position, environment, or situation; 5 the act of moving while supporting the weight of something [the ~ of the cross].
Last time I left the sugar out of my low-yeast, long-soak-and-rise bread machine bread. The results were pretty good. This time I kept the sugar and left out the added gluten.
Both loaves --- the one without sugar and the one without gluten --- baked up to a similar texture, with a similar flavor. They're both a little short, but they still have a wonderfully soft texture --- I guess that's the soaking.
I think I will continue to put sugar in my bread, because we are all very fond of honey-oatmeal bread and molasses-rye bread. If I always put some kind of sugar in the bread, then I'll get more-or-less consistent results, I guess. But I think I will perhaps stop putting gluten in soaked bread recipes.
I wonder, now, if I can get the loaf to rise a little higher (even without added gluten) if I add just a bit more yeast. I think that will be the next experimental bread.