Yes, the title is true! These rolls are full of excitement and adventure. A few days a go I was given the notice that my job this Thanksgiving would be creating rolls for the family dinner. Now, we usually have a family friend that handles this task for us and she just so happens to get her rolls from heaven's bakery where the bakers are nothing short of angels in aprons blessing each individual ball of dough(are you getting that I have big shoes to fill?) So this morning I decided in the early hours of the morning that I had to come up with something that would not disappoint this annual celebration. I wanted my rolls to be the very factor that people had a reason to be Thankful this year! I started with my research, digging deep into the depths of bread and all things bakery (scrolling pinterest) until I laid eyes on this god sent recipe. It may not be Heaven's bakery, but it appeared to be the next best thing!
So I gathered all of the ingredients and began the recipe. Today I learned a few things about myself, such as I never really have made bread rolls before, so maybe it was just me, but it was such an exciting, heart wrenching, but overall dough-tastic experience.
Follow me through my adventure!
My heart wrenching moment: Mixing the active yeast with the liquid ingredients, staring at it for the 2 minutes it was supposed to be "activating" and started to panick because it appeared as if my yeast was dead, it wasn't bubbling as we all know it was supposed to. It was like I killed all of them! I had to make a split decision to either hope and pray they would come through and maybe they were just slow starters or try again using different yeast. After a small grieving ceremony, I threw that batch out and started over. This time I made sure that I used warm enough liquid to wake them up! (honestly I dont think anything was different this time) but I went with it, mainly being that I had no yeast left for a third try.
The pain: I also do not have a kitchen aid or mixer so I came up with my own human levels of low and medium speed of mixing. Want to make time stop? Try mixing bread dough on human speed "medium" for 2 minutes. Not only was I sweating, but my forearm almost fell off. Twice. Anyway, that was just to let you know that you don't HAVE to have a mixer to complete this recipe, if you are tough.
After I made the dough, the recipe called to let it rise in a warm place so I put it in a bowl, covered it with a hand towel and brought it next to the heater with me while I studied for almost an hour (we had a good time)
Before I was even through a full chapter of biochemistry, the dough was ready to go! So I rolled it out into a large rectangle and cut small rectangles. Then I flipped them into the roll shapes. Let me tell you, this was so much fun!! I literally had a blast throwing these things around and the best part is it actually worked! Watch the video by pressing the button to learn how to do it. The video is 4 minutes long, but due to my chronic impatience, I skipped through it, watching about 30 seconds total and had the technique down in no time!
I was so excited about my dough flips at this point that I just had to take a picture! I really thought that this was the highlight of my roll making experience, but little did I know what was coming....
I then read the next step in the ingredients and it was "let rise AGAIN for an hour and a half! Good thing I didnt want to eat today... jk so I cover them and come back to look after about 30 minutes and all I could say was WOW!!
The yeast really made their star appearance here! Pilsburry dough-worthy these things became! I was just so awestruck by their size and fluff, I started to move some of them over and just FYI don't do that. The three that I touched instantly wilted. Alright, alright note taken, I stopped touching them and just threw them in the oven!
They really turned out amazing as you could tell in the very first picture.
Give your family something to be Thankful for!