Monday, August 11, 2014

Morning Rolls, Right Out of the Oven

For at least thirty years I have been trying to make home made bread.  My family stood by my efforts, but I'm sure it was difficult for them.  I recall during one dinner I had to go to the kitchen for something.  When I came back to the dinner table, my entire family was making 'walls' with the biscuits, using mashed potatoes as the concrete that held them together.  This included dad.  He was probably the master mind behind the wall building.  What could I do.  I laughed.  I laughed and got the message.  Bread making was not one of my skills.

I have a bucket list.  Simple things are on it.  Nothing grand like traveling to the Far East.  (I would love to see Italy, though)  Learning how to make good bread at home is on that list, along with pie crust.  Neither of these skills come easy to me.  My current quest is learning to make bread.  About two months age I made French bread.  It was OK and my family ate it.  A couple months before that, I made white bread.  I didn't care for the recipe, it was too heavy.  There lies my problem.  Heavy bread.  I think I took care of that problem today.

I got a recipe from a blogger in Australia, Down to Earth. (link below)  She is my age and has been making bread for many years.  The recipe is for a bread maker, but I don't have one, so I kneaded the dough by hand.  I'm glad to do that because it helps maintain muscle tone in my upper body.  After she gave the recipe, she added a tip.  To be gentle with the risen dough.  That seemed to be the tip I needed.  I made the rolls she wrote about in her post.  They are so good it's difficult to keep away from them.  I did it.  I can now scratch off an item from my bucket list.

The dough is simple - made with flour, salt, yeast, and milk.

This is what the dough looked like after I kneaded it for 10 minutes.  If you have a bread maker, this , the rising, and the punch down is done by the machine.

After the dough is shaped like a large sausage, it's cut into 8 sections.

The finished product.  If you're counting the rolls, yes, I did snatch one up and slathered it with home made jam - right out of the oven.  Someone had to test them.