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’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
I’ve never used active yeast before, so I had to put my reservations aside. The myths behind it are enough to deter even the most enthusiastic amateur baker, or so I’m told. “Don’t let the warm liquids get too hot! You’ll kill the yeast!” “If the liquids are too cold, you’ll kill it!” “Knead it before you let it rise!” “Don’t knead it too much, it’ll get tough!” Oh, the warnings are endless.
I’ll add this recipe shortly.
Somehow, I managed to keep the yeast alive and I watched it rise successfully over the course of 2 hours. Though the recipe called for 1.5 hours, I felt as though the first half hour or so the bowl was too cold. A little extra time by the wood stove and bam, twice the size I started with. Continue reading
Welcome to my silly little baking blog. Figured my hobby should have a home.
Like most beginner bakers, I’ve been baking out of boxes (and Easy Bake Ovens) since I was a child. Now that I’m engaged I think it’s time to widen my horizons, and start getting good at making things from scratch.
Today I start my baking with yeast adventures. Pictures and gory details to follow.