This morning feels like a cinnamon roll sunrise. It's the type of morning when you wake up too early and cannot go back to sleep so you decide to be productive. (Frankly, most of my mornings begin this way, at least the waking up too early bit.) I subscribe to a variety of recipe-focused websites and one of these websites, kingarthurflour.com shared a recipe for "Soft Cinnamon Rolls" today. The recipe and directions are not difficult but the technique is interesting. I made one little tweak to the recipe, I added 1/4 cup sugar to the dough for two reasons; 1. My family prefers a slightly sweet base dough for cinnamon rolls and 2. see reason 1.
The technique is interesting because it calls for a Japanese-style starter (Tangzhong) to be added, that is cooked and then cooled before using. The recipe also calls for the dough to be hydrated 20 minutes so I am posting this blog while I wait; remember, I am being productive today. If you do not know, Dear Readers, hydrating the dough is an important step in most bread making and allows for a fluffier end product. Hydrating is the amount of water weight to the flour weight in a dough and affects the dough's texture, that's why it's important. (Try it sometime and share your results in the comments section.) Anyway, after I knead the dough, I will workout while it is rising and then work on my cookbook during the second rise and baking process. Our daughter, Mia, is interested in doing some sort of hiking-type activity, so, snow and all, we plan to satisfy her craving for the outdoors. (I'm trying to stay with the "productive" theme I started with when I began posting this morning.)
Soon, our home will be filled with the delectable aroma of freshly baked goods and our teenaged daughter will come skipping from her room, the creases of her pillowcase still on her cheeks, her curly hair adorably rumpled and exclaim, 'Oh Mother, dear Mother, you are WONDERFUL! I am SO lucky to have you for a mother!' Then she will massage my neck, paint my nails and tell me again how happy she is to be my daughter... Wait! What just happened? Forget everything you just read, I am obviously in some sort of delusional trance from sleep deprivation and need to go back to bed! Lets just go with the part about cinnamon rolls and sunrises.
If you wish to try the recipe I am making this morning, here is the link:
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