Friday, December 16, 2011

Confessions of a Sometimes Baker


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.

Laurie

10 comments:

badlandsquilts said...

Love the cookies...will have to try them! (my son is allergic to peanuts to we don't do the regular version)

I don't know that it had much to do with your flop, but I am very particular about yeast and use only Oetker, very forgiving heat range and works beautifully and never yeasty tastes.

Wendy said...

Cookies look wonderful, yes I agree, nothing is more frustrating than wasting time and money on something awful. Stick with fabric, even if we don't use it, it makes us happy just to fold and refold it and then happily put it back on the shelf......Pioneer Woman has a WONDERFUL recipe for cinnamon rolls that are to die for, it makes 8 round pans of the gooey delicious stuff.

Anonymous said...

I hate when you work for hours on something that doesn't meet your expectations. I agree with Wendy. Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls are awesome! BTW, I just saw the kisses at our local Target and Kroger. So good!
~Joyce in MI

SandyG said...

Your rolls remind me of when I tried to make bread and a guest for dinner said "this pound bread is good" I've just never had the knack for making good bread, I quit wasting the time and dough.

atthelighthousequilting said...

OH It looks so good !!I can smell them !!

Michele P said...

It is refreshing to know that someone else has frustrating cooking moments as well.

Thanks for sharing. I am sticking with traditional chocolate chip cookies.

Ter'e said...

A cookie for me.
A cookie for you.
A cookie for me...........
Oh yeh, a cookie for Polly........

MMMMMMM Look divine. I'll look for these kisses for sure. I think Santa would likey.

Ter'e said...

What would happen if you took a graham cracker, put a couple kisses on it, lightly nuked it and then swirled chocolate over the top? Does that ring your bell???? MMMMMMM I gotta find some of these kisses today!

Anonymous said...

I did experiments with lemons and thickeners at University (Home Ec. degree) I think that the lemon zest
interacted with the yeast. Probably would be good to make the buns without lemon and put the lemon icing on top.always enjoy your website
Marilyn

Audrey said...

The best thing to do with those peppermint kisses is to drop one or two into a cup of hot chocolate. Trust me! It will not be a flop

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