Yeast is not. my. thing. I know that there is a skill, a knowledge bestowed upon those who work with yeast that comes from practice, finely honed skills, a sense for when it’s perfect, and the eye of newt or some such other witchcraft because yeast is like heck no all up in my kitchen. First, it doesn’t froth, it never froths. Second, it doesn’t rise. Nope. Even if I use the no frothing required yeast, it takes double the time to even make the dough burp from a wee bit of gas. Yeah, yeast and I need to have a heart to heart. And only for bread baking. Going to be very specific here. Because otherwise, it’s kind of an awkward post to put on the interwebs.
That being said, since I founded the Pass the Cook Book Club to challenge myself to trying out new recipes from those wonderful mountains of cookbooks collecting dust in my ever expanding collection – I picked 3 very inspiring recipes for the month of March. Fresh pasta, Scotch Eggs, and these Hot Cross Buns. I am going back for the other two, promise.
My buns were far from perfect. This was actually like the 4th or 5th attempt. (So yeah, there’s a lot of misfires in the PtS kitchen). There was one morning where Bill Nye stopped by and schooled me on keeping a control as I tested different types of yeast at different temps in my kitchen. All of which sat there and laughed at me. Purchased fresh yeast, just in case the yeast I had was bad, still nothing. Threw TONs of ingredients in the waste can. Mostly yeast. There was even a day when it smelled like yeast… gross. But, I tried. And was inspired to try some more. Ruling out everything, I think my kitchen was just too darned cold (even with the oven on!) to make a happy environment for the little yeastlings. But, oh well. Roll with the punches…
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