So much of cooking contains truths that must be obeyed. Who utters these truths? Do we really know what happens if we disobey? What happens if I put my bread cubes too close? Do they really steam rather than dehydrate? The experiment is not worth the time in a day full of cooking. But is the admonition truth or canon?
My bread cubes were spaced out so they would just get DONE. Two parts white bread (challah) to one part whole wheat bread.
And then, of course, after coming home from work, Mr. Etherknitter improvises a pecan pie after my pastry sucks up most of the light corn syrup. It is on the porch, cooling.