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Well, I got ONE thing done

Monday, September 16, 2013

Almost nothing I planned on got done this weekend. I did at least get the tub scrubbed. But what I'm most happy about is that I actually got my bulgur rolls baked today. My stand mixer "lost its virginity" after more than a year as a pretty counter decoration. I think I waited so long because of the old demon of not thinking I deserved to have it. But hey, I earned the money I paid for it honestly.

I was worried going in because the yeast has been in my cabinet for a long time and was a year past its "best before" date. However, when I put it into the warm milk and sugar the little beasties perked right up and went to work. And oh, how nice was it to have the stand mixer do the fifteen minutes of kneading for me! I don't know abut anybody else, but I really love the smell of yeast dough rising. (As a devout Alton Brown fan, I can't shake the hilarious image of the gleefully rude little sock puppets that used to represent yeast on Good Eats.) I discovered that my first two batches of these weren't supposed to spread to the diameter of hamburger buns. When properly kneaded, they rise instead of spreading. However, they're still VERY large. The recipe says one dozen, but I think you could easily make two dozen.

When they finished baking, of course I let them cool before I tried to cut and butter a couple of them, right? Yeah, right. I scorched my fingers cutting them. Delicious! And the photo below looks a lot like the rolls I just made (although mine weren't quite as nicely shaped).

Well, the stand mixer's life of leisure is over. I've got plenty of single-loaf recipes, so I've decided to stop buying bread and make my own from now on. Now I know that my round loaves used to look like big flat amoebas because they weren't kneaded enough and would spread out instead of rising. You can only use the words "artisan" and "rustic" as excuses for so long. I know I still need practice shaping loaves, but I'm looking forward to it. There are very few things that beat homemade bread.

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CHEFSOPHIE 9/16/2013 9:37PM

    I am really proud of you for using the stand mixer. I know that using it took you a long time. The rolls sound wonderful. Smaller rolls does lead to portion control so look on the bright side.

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/16/2013 9:32PM

    Oh my...wish I had one of those right now!! Great job!! emoticon

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JILL313 9/16/2013 9:25PM

    Good for You Mary for making those delicious sounding rolls. That's a wonderful way to spending an evening and I bet they smelled "Heavenly" while baking also. Take good care. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BECKYSRN 9/16/2013 9:19PM

    Yum.

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PMFISH 9/16/2013 8:26PM

    They look great!

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MONETRUBY 9/16/2013 7:12PM

    Those look sooooo delicious! Wish I could have one right now.

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MASTERPIECE8 9/16/2013 4:07PM

    Wonderful! They look delicious.



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CATLADY52 9/16/2013 2:33PM

    The smell of freshly baked bread is like heaven to me. Your rolls look delicious. I'll bet that mixer doesn't know what it is in for. emoticon


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/16/2013 12:00PM

    Neat, I love making bread. I have a new recipe to try today for English Muffin bread. It is a no knead bread. emoticon

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LIS193 9/16/2013 11:54AM

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2013 11:33AM

    LOL! Loved those little sock puppets too! He has such a humorous way of educating you about the science of cooking/baking!

Enjoy that mixer! You DO deserve it! HUGS

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CINCYDORA 9/16/2013 10:29AM

    Baked bread and a scrubbed tub sound like a productive weekend to me! Congrats on the yummy rolls.

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NASFKAB 9/16/2013 9:42AM

  wish lived near you

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NUTRON3 9/16/2013 8:48AM

    They look awesome!

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BLUEROSE73 9/16/2013 7:20AM

    They look yummy. I'm glad they turned out so good for you. Sounds like a productive weekend.

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SONGBIRDPAULA 9/16/2013 7:15AM

    emoticon emoticon Howdy! from the DFW area of Texas!

Yum! Yum!.....those rolls look good. Keep up the good work!

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

Paula emoticon

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TERRY0217 9/16/2013 6:40AM

    Anymore...I don't plan on anything! Something always comes up....Just go with the flow of life and you won't get frustrated with that to do list!

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XTRACATE 9/16/2013 6:40AM

    Fantastic, nothing like fresh baked bread! way to go breaking in that mixer

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NEW-CAZ 9/16/2013 2:33AM

    YUM! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/16/2013 1:53AM

    Good job on using your mixer. Now that you have used it you can start using it more and more.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/16/2013 1:00AM

    Your buns look fabulous !
I bet they were delicious .
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COOKWITHME65 9/16/2013 12:34AM

    I think scrubbing the tub, blogging, using the mixer for the first time and making rolls that you will use all week are all great accomplishments. Plus it has put you on a path to a few more things Mary. Breaking from the norm as in using that mixer finally (of course you deserve it) and starting up a new hobby of bread making. It will keep your mind and hands busy , be healthy for you and give you something to look forward to. My last loaf of yeast bread other than beer bread that I make was as hard as a ROCK!!! But it is on my bucket list to learn it once in for all. I too have a mixer that hasn't seen daylight in years. It's packed away right now but maybe I'll pull it out and practice this winter. I have been waiting to get the King Arthur cookbook but have not seen it at a yardsale or at my local goodwill store yet. It's the only way I buy books.

Wishing you a great week! ~ K

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