I bake alot of yeast breads - white, oatmeal, whole wheat, I love it all. I have a recipe from my Nana's Hood's Cookbook dated 1949 that I use to make rolls and I've adjusted most of my older recipes for my bread maker. I can hear those GASPS coming from all over. Yup, I use my trusty, old Hitachi Bread Maker to knead the dough and go through the first rising. Then I take out the dough, shape it however I want it, let it rise again and then bake it in the oven.
I am sure the baker purists out there are horrified (much like the hand quilters are horrified at the machine quilters!) Let me just say that I used to knead by hand, just like I USED to hand quilt but tendonitis in the elbow puts a damper on the kneading & my hands just go numb - I'm sure that's the Carpal Tunnel . . . The spirit is willing but the body is having some problems!
Let me also say, that this is not actually my Hitachi, it's the same model but mine is about 20 years old and it hasn't looked this good in at least 18 of those years . . . It's a hardworker and it shows! Just like I won't show you my sewing room - I won't show you my breadmaker!
So my machine does the hard part and I do the easy part, knead a little before the second rising, shape the dough, bake it and then EAT IT. The eating part I have down pat!
One of our holiday traditions is homemade cinnamon rolls. The kids are now old enough that the rolls come BEFORE the presents and then if there's any left, they come after too! My cinnamon roll recipe is out of Nana's cookbook. Somehow I have to scheme how I am going to get that out of my Mom's kitchen and into mine . . . .
Until next time.