DISCLAIMER ALERT: I've not yet made any of the recipes in the cookbook.
HOWEVER: I'm at least 4th generation bread baker, although these days I'm lazy and use the breadmaker machine.
But when I was married to husband #1 (not because he is still #1 but because he's now the Ex.), we used to make the German Mennonite bread called Zwieback - basically "double rolls". It would be a larger roll and then a smaller roll on top. Looked for all in the world like miniature snowmen on the pan while rising. (but it was only baked once. This wasn't the "double baked" form of bread that has a slightly different name but I'm not German, I flunked it royally Big Fat F, but is what many in USA think is "Zwieback", used like really crispy melba toast type of bread for babies to teeth on or whatever, so the old maid German Mennonite aunties told me. )(I like the term "hockey pucks" myself.).
So my rolls would be gloppy (they used the white flour - this was in the days before the white whole wheat was "invented')... but I discovered after a few pans of hockey-pucks that I was using too much flour between first and second rising, and so the second rising just made into hockey pucks. It's really kind of an acquired skill and I am by no means an expert. I do know that the weather will affect and so if it's a lower pressure kind of day high humidity, the dough will be wetter etc. Eventually I just had to learn by feel that at some point, the bread was still going to feel "sticky" and I just had to stop, and let it rise, and trust that it would work. And then it would work.
I later got to where I could make challah fairly decently (I've always been good at braiding hair, so braiding bread was as much fun, although a bit tricky doing 4 strand so I usually just cheated and did 3 strand.), but even so I'd think for sure it was "too wet" and just had to make my self leave it alone and the 2nd rising would be fine, light, edible, maybe not yet prize winning ribbon, but at least I didn't break a tooth trying to eat it!
Sooo don't know if any of that will help... just don't smother it to death with flour trying to get all the sticky off your hands.
And don't wash the sticky down the drain, bad mojo for the plumbing. Just rub it off into the trash can with paper towels or napkins or newspapers SOMETHING just don't wash it into the sink... the yeast will EXPAND in the warm heat of water in the pipes and you will have more serious issues to worry about than hockey puck rolls, with the cost of plumbing repair bills far exceeding the cost of ingredients for 2 or 3 or 4 extra batches of rolls to practice with.
So anyway... 2 pieces of advice for one, don't know what made me segue into the 2nd thought but oh well.
Edited by: PROVERBS31JULIA at: 10/10/2011 (02:31)
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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