One of my biggest challenges has been baking bread. I know, some of you are thinking, “what’s so difficult about that?” but it seems even with my scientist brain, all the right, clean tools, the yeast didn’t activate or the kneading was too much (by hand!) I made it a goal in 2021 to be able to bake bread. So why start with something basic like a loaf?
Instead, I opted for cinnamon rolls.
I gathered all of my supplies and ingredients. I washed all of my bowls and utensils and dried them, just to be safe. And I checked the date on the yeast we had. I was disappointed to see some we had bought April 2020 had actually expires October 2019 (eventually I will learn to check dates.) Luckily, I had several back-ups, all expiring in 2022.
And I started. I went through four batches of yeast as it would not activate. The temp of the warm milk was 112° so that wasn’t it. I was about to give up when I said, “no…I can do this.” And I did.
After using almost every dish and utensil in our home…success…
Yeah, I should have trimmed my dough first so I had nice, neat, 12 rolls, but I’m a realist. I called my two ends “rustic rolls.”
Needless to say, they turned out great. However, a lesson was learned: I have the skill TO bake bread, but if just doesn’t bring me the joy I get from baking other things. I’ll gladly barter for home-baked bread though.
One goal down! Let’s move onto another.