Friday, June 28, 2013

An Adventure in Bread Baking!

We've decided to have a short "moratorium" on spending and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to use what we already have in the house instead of food shopping.  How's that for homesteading?

This is where baking comes in handy.

I've found that once I've gone to all the effort of pulling out the mixer, huge jar of flour and all the measuring cups, I might as well bake more than one recipe. So today I made Ree Drummond's Strawberry Oatmeal Bars, Sunday Morning muffins from Sunny Anderson and these sandwich rolls.

*Note:  I am not a (good) food photographer!  And I'm using my iPhone camera today.  So there's two strikes against me.  But how about that ikat table runner? Nice, right? Got it yesterday at the best store ever, Homegoods.

I will say for the record that one reason why I am not an excellent baker is because I rarely follow a recipe exactly.  In my household this is know as "going rogue" and my husband always rolls his eyes and sighs before eating "rogue" food.  Sometimes it pays off (in that the result is still edible and fairly good-tasting) and other times I really wish I had just stuck to the recipe.  Usually I do it because I don't have all the ingredients for something that I really want to make, not because I have delusions that I can take a well-tested recipe and make it better.  For example, the muffin's I made today used strawberry jam instead of fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries instead of fresh and I threw in some oatmeal because it was sitting out on the counter.

Now, how did that work out for me?

Well, they are technically still muffins.  But they are hard.  Really hard.  But they taste good-ish!  But I probably won't make them again.

Anyway, here's how it went with the rolls:

Bread in a giant ball rising in a bowl.  So far, so good!

Roll-sized dough balls rising yet again.  I have very high hopes for these!

Spreading melted butter on the rolls and then giving them another hour to rise...

Buns in the oven! Tee Hee.



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