Baking from Scratch
1. Make cinnamon rolls
This Saturday I made my first attempt at homemade from-scratch cinnamon rolls. This goal represents a few different things for me:
- I’ve never really successfully gotten bread to rise.
- I have an alternate life fantasy where I end up running a bed & breakfast. Primarily so I can cook rich, fattening breakfasts every single day.
- I love big breakfasts! (see previous)
- I like the idea of being able to cook a thing or two really well.
I selected this recipe – Overnight Cinnamon Rolls – because most of the prep work could be done the night before. After all, what b&b owner wants to get up at 3am everyday? Not this one. My cheery hostess smile would be all melted before the guests even made it to the table.
And they turned out… just OK. I’d give ’em 3.5 stars. Not awesome exactly but pretty good. Kinda looked pretty:
#1 downside: Time intensive! The Friday evening portion took from from 7pm to 11pm (with a big long break for the yeast to rise). Then I got up at 6:30am Saturday morning, and they were on the table around 8am. Is there some kind of Girl Scout badge I could get for this? For all that work, uhm yeah, these better be literally the best cinnamon roll I ever put in my mouth.
#2 downside: They weren’t. I mean, not the best cinnamon roll ever. Likely culprit is that pesky yeast which did not, in fact, rise. Even though I waited. And at 10:30pm this mama was done waiting. If someone who knows how to bake would like to weigh on why this might’ve happened, PLEASE do.
The recipe said the dough should rise to double its original size. Guessing what I got there is not exactly “double”.
So in the end, I’m not scratching this one off my list. yet. Because what I really meant was more like:
1. Make the best cinnamon rolls you ever tasted.
Other updates: Book checked out. Really enjoying it. Also, I’m really enjoying this blog/hobby/process.
Questions for our faithful followers: Did I over-knead? Under-knead?? Any recipes I need to try?