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My Love Affair with Bread 
Oct. 23, 2011 4:32 pm 
Updated: Oct. 25, 2011 8:00 am
     I love bread, any kind, but mostly Fresh Baked Bread.  Dinner rolls, crescent rolls, French bread. You name it, I love bread. Give me a salad and bread and I'm happy. I tried to turn a recipe for  fluffy cinnamon rolls into dinner rolls. You can find this delicious recipe at<
      By the way the cinnamon rolls were soooooo good. I made them last week and my family gobbled them up. I did freeze some. My husband took one of the fluffy cinnamon rolls out yesterday and he was in love. I was a bit jealous. So I thought to myself, I could  just tweak the recipe and make dinner rolls and the rolls will be fluffy, too. Simple, I thought. I don't have a bread machine so I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer and I kneaded the dough by hand.  I have to say I wanted them to turn out picture perfect. One of my faults--- wanting to be the best at what I do. The yeast was perfect-foamy. The kneaded dough was so smooth and felt like it was going to be the best rolls ever.  The aroma of bread baking was in the air. 
     And then it happened, the rolls left me flat. So I am out of love with bread again. (That is bread making.) On a scale of 1-10, I give the rolls a 4. The rolls tasted good, but a bit flat. My family loved the dinner rolls. I think they were distracted by the lasagna. Besides, they eat any kind of homemade bread.   My test of a tender soft roll is to eat it cold the next day to see if it still has the same soft tender taste. I know, I could microwave it.
     Anyway, I fell out of love with bread/roll making once again. Anyone have any tips or maybe a story that this love of bread  has happened to someone besides me?
Fluffy, Soft, and Yummy Cinnamon Rolls! I am in love.
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I was in love.
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I am out of love with this flat roll.
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Oct. 23, 2011 10:07 pm
I dunno, that roll looks pretty good to me, how did it taste on the fluffy-o-meter?
Oct. 23, 2011 10:46 pm
Photos are deceiving. It was around 1 and 1/2 inch high.
Oct. 23, 2011 11:44 pm
Yummy Cinnamon Rolls, I have not had one in like 15 years.
Oct. 24, 2011 5:16 am
Lela - a couple of things here - one is the shaping of the rolls, you need to form a tight tension around the dough, sealing the bottom well. Also, on the second rise, don't let them over rise or they will fall. Try again. There are videos on UTube showing how to shape buns.
Oct. 24, 2011 5:19 am
Another thought - try rolling out the dough just like cinnamon rolls - spread melted butter and parmesan on the dough and roll up and cut like cinnamon rolls. Then use cupcake pans sprayed with cooking spray to hold each roll. Let rise and bake.
Oct. 24, 2011 6:12 am
Oct. 24, 2011 8:26 am
KingSparta, if you really start craving a cinnamon roll you won't be sorry with the above fluffy recipe.
Oct. 24, 2011 8:33 am
Baking Nana, thanks for all the tips. I appreciate your help. Perhaps, you can help me out with the recipe I found from my grandma. I don't know how to post it here, so I will put it in a new blog. TIA
Oct. 24, 2011 9:38 pm
Lela... I feel totally INEPT when it comes to bread making! I can crank out almost anything... that does NOT require yeast! I refuse to give up... but then I'm almost always disappointed with the end result... I will attempt once again... seems I may have figured out a couple of "mistakes" made during the process! Be well, and keep trying!
Oct. 25, 2011 6:40 am
Lela - If I can help with your grandmothers recipe I will be glad to try it and let you know what I think. You can do another blog with the recipe and you can write it up as a personal recipe in your recipe box. I find yeast addictive.
Oct. 25, 2011 8:00 am
Thanks Baking Nana will do.
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
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I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
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My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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