Want to avoid my French Bread roll mistakes? Read the recipe! Use “bread” flour… and maybe slightly warmer water when dissolving the yeast. Not to mention, I didn’t add any salt because I thought it would only hurt the yeast- only to learn later that it actually would have helped it to a degree.
Also, maybe let the dough rise, oh, three times as long as it says instead of double. Finally, make sure the rolls are on the MIDDLE rack in the oven! Otherwise, you’ll have a nice brown color on the bottom, and a nice pale white-ish look on top (they were on the second from the bottom rack…).
In other words, I didn’t do so well. These came out more like English Muffins. I think using all purpose flour is a big reason why. They were definitely in the oven too long- so whatever softness there may have been was robbed by a crunchy bottom. Continue reading
I don’t have much time to describe the weekend feast I created with my fiancé for the football game, but I had to show you all how much better I got at cutting the 9′ round cakes in half! I learned from my mistakes last time with the Ganache cake– and made sure I put the smooth sides on the top so I didn’t have to ice the crumbly part.
I used the same cream cheese frosting recipe I had used for the Cinnamon buns last week because oh my god, it was so good. I also felt more confident using the butter knife to cut through the cake, keeping an eye on the size of each layer. The process of slicing, removing, picking up and flipping the piece over to the right spot on the cake is scarrrryyyy but somehow I was cool, calm and collected. It was a breeze. I’m really starting to get a knack for that part. I managed to avoid a lopsided cake!!
When it was time to actually eat the cake I was the happiest lady on the planet. Unlike the ganache cake, the layers were basically perfect. There was a little more frosting on the bottom layer but it was fitting as there wasn’t as much again until the very top. I signed up for a cake decorating class, so eventually I’ll have something more impressive to show for my cakes than just a spackle pattern on top.
As per usual, I had Ellie by my side the entire time. She was avid in trying to steal a bite but I had to keep it all to myself! I at least let her lick the plate when I was done 😉
I’ll update later today… A “French Roll followup” along with a few recipes! We made homemade marinara sauce for meatballs, as well as a Spinach Artichoke dip from scratch and oh my goodness! I know this is a baking blog but I’ll have to make an exception!
Oh let me count the ways I think I screwed this up. Yeast is such a pain!
I would have bet money that I put warm enough water together with the yeast and sugar. But after I mixed them together and let stand, it didn’t really get ‘creamy’ as I read it should. Maybe too much water, but I don’t know. When I felt it, cold. Not warm.
Naturally this concerned me so I held the bowl over a warm burner for a little while… and then for maybe a little while longer, until I just became completely insecure. I just don’t know what ‘creamy’ means, especially given the fact that maybe the water was not as warm as I thought it should be. I’m afraid I may have ‘activated’ the yeast too quickly in this process. Sucks! (Image taken on cold burner, by the way!). Continue reading
I’m looking at a recipe that seems pretty easy. Thinking I’m going to get this started and hope for the best! Will post the progress, or lack thereof…
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups bread flour
Every December my family hosts a Yankee Swap / Pot Luck Dinner. I made Creme de Menthe brownies this year. And yes, I am not ashamed to say I did “box” the brownies, but there’s more to these than that!
You have to make the frosting (which is your standard milk, confectionary sugar and creme de Menthe mixture) – and then melt chocolate with butter and pour it overtop and let harden. As you can see I didn’t exactly accomplish an even layer of either, but remember this is a beginner’s blog! Continue reading
Left the last batch of cinnamon rolls out overnight, in the same room as the wood stove but across the way a bit. I’d say these rose the best out of all 4 attempts. So I think at least as far as ‘overnight’ baking goes, I’d prefer to leave the dough out all night- covered (with a little crisco on top just in case)- so they’re ready to go in the morning. Rather than take them out of the fridge and hope I have enough time to get the results I want. Continue reading
Those who have tuned into my rants about the homemade cinnamon rolls may have noticed a trend. Yeast. I’m told I’m lucky to have even seen the dough rise on my first try- but I’m still stuck on what I have done to prevent it from really popping up. At this point I have tried/am in the process of 3 “proofing” methods:
-A warm oven and 20 pitiful minutes… Turned out dense and hardened up upon cooling.
-A slightly warm oven for 2.5 hours … Turned out almost dry on the outside but relatively fluffy inside- still not “perfect cinnamon roll” status though (left to right, beginning to end of 2.5 hour period)
Why didn’t I read the recipe with more care? The fiancé has to be out of the house at 7, and here I am at 6:20am trying to proof the buns in what, 20 minutes? I didn’t realize they needed a whole hour on top of all the time the dough took to rise yesterday.
Because of this I just took a few out of the batch to make this morning, I’ll get the rest right tomorrow/this week. I figure if I let them proof til 6:25am, it’s not ideal but it’s something. Continue reading
The ‘baking bug’ really first hit me back in October. It just took me a few months to realize I was really developing a passion for this, enough of one to motivate this blog 🙂
These Devils Food Cupcakes with Fudge frosting were out of the box…But I’m still proud of them because it was genuinely difficult to make sure the batter was even. There are special scoops for that stuff right? I used the ladle that always makes the best pancakes… Continue reading