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Practice Makes Perfect

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So after my redo on dinner buns went so well, I wanted to re try my hand at making plain white bread in hopes that I could improve it as well!  First of all, I chose a recipe that was for a simple butter crust bread.  I mean, ‘butter crust’ bread – what could be better?!  After choosing this as my recipe, I decided I needed to research a bit about making the perfect loaf of white bread.  I found some helpful tips for baking on Epicure’s website.  I also found a tip that said to cook on the lowest rack of your oven.  So I set off on the challenge of beating myself for the first time.

After mixing, proofing, shaping, and proofing my dough I put it in the oven to bake.  I liked the recipes tips for covering with tin foil halfway through so the top does not brown to much – this was a great tip and something I certainly needed.  After baking, I brushed the tops of the loaves with butter.

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The bread came out of the oven looking much more ‘loafy’ than the first ones I created.  I’m not sure if this has to do with the recipe I used, or if I’ve gotten better with working with yeast.  One thing I did learn, after brushing the tops with butter and letting them cool, the tops deflated in spots.  After reading a bit, this is due to over-rising.  So I am now aware that I need to watch my bread as it rises to stop it when it is ready, instead of just leaving it and walking away.

Thanks for reading, its been a slice!

Just Gotta Roll With the Punches

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Welcome to round two!!!  When I first attempted to make homemade dinner rolls the end result was OK, but not what I had expected.

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As you can see, my rolls varied in size and they were not rolled into uniform balls.  When they were baked, they were a dense bread and got slightly dry even after the first day.  I decided for my learning this week, I needed to try again.

I started by searching for a recipe.  Recipe searching is not an easy process for me; on average, it takes me about 3 hours to find a recipe to make.  So after all my searching I came right back to the recipe that I used to make the crescent rolls.  If your interested, you can check out the past blog post here.  I used the same recipe, but I found it on a different site.  You can find the recipe I used here.  However, I didn’t want to make the crescent shape again.  Since I have gained a bit of confidence in my bread making, I decided to make the same recipe, but into a round bun shape instead.  So I reviewed this youtube video, to assist me in the shaping.  I used a few pieces of dough to practice my technique and I discovered I needed to keep my hand closed up tighter in order to get the balls into the right shape.  After working away at this for a bit, I got the product I was looking for!

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I got round, uniform balls of dough.  The recipe suggested a baking time of 13-17 minutes for the crescent rolls.  I started out with the rolls being in the oven for 15 and then rotated my pan and cooked for another 3 minutes, for a total time of 18 minutes.

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The rolls ended up as light and fluffy as I could have ever wanted.  I am very happy with my rolls the second time around!  I couldn’t be happier with the improvement I have made!

Thanks for reading; It’s been a slice!