If you go by the "baking" aisles in the grocery stores - it seems that a lot of us are baking right now. Our baking aisle has expanded into the concourse and kiosks of the grocery store. There is sweet, doughy stuff all over the place. In my attempt to get into the mood of the season I started baking this week. I made these Meyer Lemon Breakfast Rolls a few days ago. Basically they are much like cinnamon rolls, but instead of cinnamon, there is lemon zest liberally rolled into the dough. The sugar icing is moistened with Meyer lemon juice. When I saw a picture of these online, I thought they were genius. Who doesn't like cinnamon rolls? We are big fans of lemon here and I thought it was meant to be that I make them. "Why didn't I think of these before?" Well, probably for a good reason. While they LOOK delicious. These were an epic flop. If you see the recipe online - DO NOT MAKE. Don't waste 3 precious hours of your life laboring over them and don't, for a minute, waste a calorie on eating one.
If they were a good idea, they would have been made long ago. What was wrong?? I don't know, except they tasted of lemon and yeast. Lots of yeast. Lemon seems to bring out the worst in yeast. I had one. Bill had two (because he is a good sport), and after they sat around a few days, they were tossed. We couldn't even give them away. We wouldn't do that to anyone we know. Bill took the philosophical route and said "If you don't try anything new, you would never experience anything new." Me - I'm still a little resentful about my Sunday morning wasted for naught. I'll get over it.
I shook that bad baking experience off my back and jumped back in today. Polly sent me a precious bag of white chocolate/peppermint Hershey Kisses. They seem to be hard to come by. I know I haven't seen them locally. I vowed not to waste the precious kisses and broke out the mixing bowls.
I went with a basic, tried and true sugar cookie. Victory.
The evening will now be spent serenely quilting while watching holiday movies. Hope you all have a serene holiday experience too.