Yesterday I made NOT 1, but TWO bread products! Are you guys as proud of me as I am of myself? No? Well clearly you don’t recognize when something is kind of a big deal!
So here’s what I did to get my English Muffins and my homemade Rolls:
yeast – the scariest part of the whole experience
mix of white and wheat flour
unsweetened almond milk.
For the English muffins I made muffin rings out of aluminum foil a la Chelsey style
+ my one little creative heart-shaped ring. Tip: If you have metal cookie cutters, you could make these in practically any shape…..all of my cookie cutters are cheap plastic, which does not work.
Wasn’t sure how it would all work out!
Not sure which I was more nervous about – the muffins or the rolls!
I caught Rocky digging in the trash for some scraps. When I yelled “Bad!”, he ran into the room to sulk. Here’s his “Sorry!” face.
See the ears folded back all submissively? That’s how you know he’s for real sorry
The rolls took way longer than the muffins. Like, forever! I was working on a bunch of other things while doing the rolls (they take over an hour to rise), so it ended up working out. But this is definitely NOT something I would have time to do on a regular work day!
I scoured the internet for recipes that did NOT include shortening (read: LARD). I’m also biased against recipes that use eggs (remember my irrational phobia-esque fear of eggs?) I finally found one I was content with, but unfortunately, firefox crashed before I had bookmarked the page. It didn’t happen until after I made the rolls (thankfully!), but I tried to find it again today so I could link to it and I can’t find it anywhere! I think it was from Cooks.com but I have no idea. Sorry, guys!
At any rate, the finished product was a SUCCESS!!! Check it out!
So thick and delicious!
Maybe some sandwiches on homemade rolls are in my future?? And definitely more English muffins, too!
So what’s my final review of cooking with yeast?
Well, I won’t do it on a regular basis just because I’m not always home to deal with it and I don’t have time to do it after work most evenings. I LOVED the finished product and now I’m super excited to try a “real” loaf of bread and maybe start experimenting with other flavors (like Cinnamon Raisin bread???). I also love having complete control of everything I’m eating (rather than having lots of preservatives and other crap). However, the down-side is that the stuff won’t last more than a few days before it spoils & – again – it took FOREVER!
But, I want to put out a challenge for anyone else reading who has never tried baking with yeast. Give it a try! It’s not so bad!
And now I’m off to start the day! I’ve got some errand-running, several meetings, and some work to get done today. And, FYI, the bro-in-law did, indeed, make it back in town safely last night after the 14 hour drive from Austin. One might think that he would still be sleeping, resting, or just chilling after such a grueling drive. Nope – Chris, like a slave-driver, insisted they get up at 6:30 so they could be at a job by 8:00am. No one around is sleeping but little Rocky boy.
Aww, if only I could cuddle up with him too! It got COLD again here, y’all! What’s up with that!? It froze last night and there were even some snow flurries yesterday (which NEVER happens in Tucson!)
Is it still freezing where you live? (Will Spring ever be here?)
Have you ever cooked with yeast? (If not and you take my challenge – you’ll have to let me know if you end up giving it a try!)
What are your plans for the day/week?