JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING

I thought I would make up a batch of the Coolrise dough today, to make cinnamon rolls. I put the stick of butter and 2 eggs out on the counter, to come to room temperature. I got out the Kitchen Aide mixer and put that on the counter, along with sugar and flour and dry yeast. Then I went off to do some other things until the eggs and butter came to room temperature.

Later, I put together the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar and mixed it together in the mixer bowl. Then I added the softened butter and hot water- before realizing that the mixer wasn’t plugged in. So I quickly plugged it in—and flour/water/yeast mixture splattered all over me, the counter, the coffee cups hanging on the cupboards—the on/off switch was turned to medium speed(I have no idea how that happened). I turned it off and surveyed the damage. How much yeast did I lose? I couldn’t be sure – but I had to change my clothing which was covered with splatter. I turned the mixer on low and then, for good measure, mixed some dry yeast with warm water…and added it a little at a time to the dough in the bowl, to make up for what I lost. I continued adding flour, until I reached 5 cups and it looked pretty thick, so I switched to the dough hook and turned the mixer on for 10 minutes of kneading…while that was going on, I tried to clean up some of the splatter (on the floor, me, the kitchen cupboards.)

Finally the timer went off so I removed the bowl and put it on top of the stove and covered it with a towel. Then I returned to cleaning up splatter. That’s when I noticed…the two eggs on the kitchen counter. I had forgotten to add the eggs. So, I put the dough back on the mixer—and put the two eggs in with the dough…this was with a wish and a prayer—I turned it on and it blended but now looked too wet – so I added the 6th cup of flour (which the recipe calls for anyway) – I mixed it for a few minutes and then put the bowl of dough back on top of the stove (the warmest spot in my kitchen & two fluorescent lights over the stove help keep it warm) – now the dough had to rest for 20 minutes so I used this time to clean up everything, including myself.

The dough rose like it’s supposed to – so after 20 minutes I divided it into two balls at which time I noticed..some little bits of green in the dough. (*I keep bay leaves in my flour, cornmeal, any kind of grain. This is a trick I learned from my mother. You will never get bugs or weevils in your flour if you keep a bay leaf in it). Well, you aren’t supposed to add the bay leaf to whatever you are making—somehow some got into the measuring cup). I managed to extract 4 or 5 bits of bay leaf. Told Bob – it won’t hurt, just remove any bay leaf bits you may find in your cinnamon roll. Well, I went on to roll out the dough and was almost finished when I realized I left out raisins. So I unrolled the second roll and added some raisins. How many years have I been making these cinnamon rolls?

Bob says watch, they will turn out to be the best you’ve ever made. I said if they are – I’ll never have that recipe again.

Ps while typing this, I burned a pot of potatoes. Yikes! (Maybe I need a vacation!)

Happy Cooking and cookbook collecting!

PPS – wrote this yesterday; baked the cinnamon rolls today and they were just fine.

February, 2011

33 responses to “JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING

  1. things like that happen to me all the time. usually i will get everything out to make something and then forget about it tho. :)
    and the tea ring i made was a HUGE hit at church tonight!! they love this recipe. wanted to ask if u have ever tried freezing this recipe. i was wondering about making the rolls and then flash freeze them and then divide into baggies then when u want some thaw in fridge overnight then bake as usual.
    have u tried it? do u think it would work?

  2. figured it would be an easy way to have em more often and to not have to bake a whole tray, maybe just enuf so that we dont feel the need to eat em all. lol

  3. if freezing, Stephanie, I think I would leave off the icing or glaze–then add it after you have defrosted them. Right now I DO have 4 cinnamon rolls with frosting in my freezer…doing a test run on them…so I will let you know how they thaw. xo Sandychatter.

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