Thinking out loud…
Initially, there was a plan. I wanted pizza. But we only had old yeast. Then we discovered that most of America was apparently in bread baking mode—no yeast left in the stores! I began a search on line and after a couple disappointments and a few weeks, I scored a pound of yeast. We would survive.
Then it arrived. A pound of yeast. A brick’s worth in size.
I haven’t made serious bread in years, and I have been in the mood for home baked bread. I want to whack bread dough on the counter just like they do in The Great British Baking Show. English Muffins, Hamburger Buns, Bannocks (not sure what those are, but I wants ‘em).
But…I admit it, a brick’s worth of yeast intimidated me. Time passed.
I finally mustered my forces (?) and found a recipe for easy Hamburger Buns. So here goes! (You know, whenever anyone says easy, they don’t necessarily mean for anyone else….)
Mise en place! I am big on mise en place….(I like to say it, a lot).
This mixer hasn’t been out of the appliance barn in a long time, a loooong time. It knew what to do with bread dough.
Just how long does one need to knead bread? There is a mystery here. What happens if you over knead it?
There is also a trick to making dough into little balls. It eluded me….
But here they are!
And they worked just fine, even if the burger kinda hung out the sides, and the buns were a bit on the tall side.
Next baking with yeast adventure is going to be English Muffins! Because I have a whole pound of yeast to use! (Minus 1 tablespoon)