Search This Blog

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Soft Butter Rolls - Mellow Bakers

I have been a neglectful baker. All of my starters need attention. My cook books are lonely. My instant yeast is in the back of the refrigerator!

The summer months were whirlwinds of activity. I took my girl scouts to New England, we came back, unpacked and then my family was back on a plane to Europe. The day after we came back, I went back to work. I work as a school nurse in a middle and high school that has a large number of kids with health issues. I like to have everything organized, a complete mis en place shall we say, for the school environment. Until that is accomplished, I feel unsettled.

I started another 8week, 3 credit grad school class on Monday and was instantly overwhelmed. The first week is the roughest and then I find some kind of rhythm. I think hip hop...

The good news is, things are getting organized. At home and school. All of my starters got some attention. They all still smelled quite delicious when I took them out of storage. I love the way starters smell.

My liquid starter is quite perky. My stiff starter may need a little more tlc. My desk at work is organized. We have a three day weekend.

Lets do some baking.

Mellow bakers has three breads posted for September; cheese bread, soft butter rolls and sourdough rye with walnuts. The cheese bread and the sourdough rye need starters that haven't been languishing in the refrigerator.

The butter rolls seemed perfect. My husband was making white chili and was willing to use the butter rolls instead of corned bread as an accompaniment.

The dough came together quickly, flour, salt, sugar, yeast, egg, water, butter and dry milk. I use King Arthur's Baker's Special Dry Milk. It really think that it is better than my supermarket variety.

I made the dough in my stand mixer. It fermented for a little more than an hour. I divided the dough into 24 and formed two pans full of rolls, they proofed for only a half an hour. I cut the baking time in half because Abby's were overcooked when she checked hers and I have been finding that my oven cooks faster than Mr. Hamelman's. After 15 minutes they were done.

We enjoyed them. I have a favorite dinner roll recipe, that I got from Mags who got them from Frieda...Maybe some day I will have a bake off.


  1. My goodness, you have been busy!

  2. So glad you liked them! We were hopeful that they would've been better if I'd just checked them earlier. Maybe I'll have to try them again. Good luck with the start of the school year! My students come back Tuesday, too. =)

  3. Well shoot...if you'd quit hob-knobbing with the big wigs like Rod Stewart, maybe you could get some baking done!

    Frieda's recipe is still my favorite too. It's just too easy and quick that it can't be beat for those two reasons alone!