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A Sticky Situation 
Feb. 15, 2010 9:19 pm 
Updated: Feb. 23, 2010 7:27 am
I have a confession to make: I've had fear of yeast. Sure, I've tried to get past it. I've brought home little packets of yeast, vowing to coax the darlings into life and fill my house with the loving aroma of freshly baked bread. But in my pantry the yeast languished until well past its shelf life, another 2 1/4 teaspoons of dormant organisms not allowed to fulfill their destiny.

Then my dear friend J. offered to show me how to bake a simple loaf of bread. (She probably got tired of hearing me hopelessly declare, This is the year that I learn how to bake. No really!) Lucky me, though. My friend is a fearless cook and a generous teacher. In fact, she was so successful, that I went home and baked another loaf of bread right away. And another the next day. And a few more after that.

Then with Valentine's Day coming right up, I decided I'd use my new-found friendship with yeast to bake a batch of sticky buns for my family. I mean, what says  I Love You  like sweet, warm, yeasty bread rolls wrapped around cinnamon and topped with a molten mass of butter and brown sugar?

Nice thought. Too bad the yeast and I were not such good friends yet that we could read each other's minds.

I had this vision of prepping the dough, letting it rise overnight in the fridge, and sneaking downstairs early in the morning to shape the rolls, let them rise, and pop them in the oven. I imagined my family waking up to a pan full of hot sticky love buns.

I had no idea how long the process would actually take. Turns out, it takes for-freaking-ever for sweet, buttery dough to rise. Maybe the weather slowed it down--it's been rainy in Seattle, and I read that it might be a factor. Guess it was. Sigh, tap foot, check clock, check dough, sigh. Repeat.

Bottom line: buns didn't hit the table until well past noon. Until then, I fretted myself sick.

But oh my! It was all worth it--the time, the labor, the frustration, the doubt. It all melted away with the first forkful. And the next. And my family ate up all the love I'd put into my very first batch of homemade sticky buns.

So yes, I'll gladly get into this sticky situation again. Wouldn't you?

Happy February to you, and happy cooking!
My first attempt at sticky buns.
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Feb. 16, 2010 7:12 am
Great blog regarding yeast as I also had the same "fear" of it as you. I had my boyfriend make some bread for us so that I would overcome this irrational fear. I can cook just about anything else you can name!! He's done it twice now and the second time took sooooo long (weather, etc?) that I too was clock watching and tapping my foot. It was worth it when it was all over. But I cannot say I have attempted it yet. Kudos to you for overcoming your "fear" and providing a sweet treat for Valentine's Day.
Feb. 16, 2010 7:15 am
Congratulations! Lots of fretting for nothing. They look fabulous! Now I want some too...
Feb. 16, 2010 7:45 am
Those look great! I have no fear of yeast but have been afraid to try anything like sticky buns! Good heads-up on the long rise time!
Feb. 16, 2010 7:58 am
great blog. i found if you kitchen is real warm your dough rises faster. or turn on oven for couple minutes then turn it off put your dough in oven covered with damp towel to prevent drying that really raises good. one other trick i found by accident really is the dishwasher. dishwasher? you ask. yes the dishwasher not inside but above it where the steam comes out. i set my bowl there all the time. you get all the heat need to help your bread raise and its not to much. sometimes i turn the bowl but fo rthe most part it doesnt matter. and yeast and the new truvia not so good together. i couldnt get my yeast to work with it. so i used combination of both regular and truvia. laundry change gotta go but happy baking till next time.
Feb. 16, 2010 10:47 am
Absolutely GORGEOUS picture! Looks good enough to eat! LOL!
Feb. 17, 2010 8:13 am
Yay!! Congratualtions!! I felt the fear too and I too conquered my fear with the "Clone of a Cinnabon" Recipe!! The next problem you face is the never ending begging for said Yeat tasties..... if its not one thing its another LOL!!!!
Feb. 23, 2010 7:27 am
Thank you all for the support and encouragement. Just about everything worthwhile I've learned to do has been taught to me by a friend. I hope I can give back in my way. Hugs to you all.
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