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
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
Last week I tried, for the first time, making Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Ganache as the filling/frosting for my first four layer cake. This required me to cut two 9′ round cakes in half, which I’d never done before. Surprisingly, it went very well.
You may or may not find it entertaining to know that until recently I was afraid of melting chocolate. Continue reading