Sometimes, I tuck my sweatpants into my fuzzy socks.
Sometimes, I bury my face into my warm laundry.
Sometimes, I listen to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack on Loop.
Sometimes, I bake bread just so my house smells like it.
This Monday was one of those times when i did all of these things at once. Goodness for the insides…
Start with 1 oz. dried yeast. Fill a measuring cup with 1 c. tepid water straight from the tap. You can test the temperature like you would a baby’s bottle. Drop a little on the inside of your wrist, it should be warm, not hot.
Pour in Yeast and stir in 1 T. honey until dissolved. Set aside. The yeast will begin to bubble and foam after several minutes. If it does not, the yeast is dead. But give it a chance before you make this judgement. Sometimes it takes a while to activate.
In a bowl, mix 3 cups of bread flour and 2 tsp. of salt. Make a little well in the flour and pour the yeast into the center and combine with your fingers.
Knead and fold and pound the dough until it forms into a soft doughy ball. It will be a little sticky. But the best thing is that you can add more water and more flour as necessary. You want the dough to be malleable and squishy, not hard and flaky.
Mold it into a ball and lightly cover with a damp cloth. Then let it rise for 30-45 minutes until the ball doubles in size. Repeat Kneading process. Be sure to “flour” your hands so it doesn’t stick. The dough should feel…doughy-y. (sorry, that’s the best i got)
Let it rest again. Let it double again. And again, begin the kneading process.
This time, mold dough into little balls and stick in greased muffin tins. let rise a third and final time.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place a oven-safe dish with water on the bottom rack of the oven. Beat one egg with a little cream, and brush rolls lightly. Put in middle rack and let bake for 10-15 mins. before rotating to ensure even baking. As soon as they are golden brown, remove from oven and muffin tins and let cool on a rack for 5 minutes.
Bury your face in warm bread and butter and homemade rhubarb jam.
Sometimes, Rolls Rock. Because you can eat more of them easily.