I really like experimenting with breads, rolls and dough. It took me awhile to build the confidence to try bread baking at home and it showed in my work.
I seconded guessed myself every single time and was too literal with my recipes, when I should have been using my eyes and hands to guide me.
What resulted was deflated, under-proofed or over-proofed dough. Rolls and breads that were overworked and hard. It was so frustrating.
I gave up for a long time, even though I really had an interest and desire to make my own breads at home.
One day, I decided that baking bread was something I was going to do. No one was going to be able to teach me, other than myself, and this was going to be the time I learned how to do it.
I knew it would take time and I would have mixed results, but I was determined. When I made this choice, I felt a change within myself. It was as if the smallest bit of confidence and bravado was awakened and I was excited and ready to try again.
After I started trusting my instincts, my baking improved dramatically.
I would feel the dough in my hands to determine if it was ready to rest or needing to be worked longer. I depended on my eyes to tell me if the texture was correct or not. I started getting positive results pretty much immediately and I was beyond excited.
Homemade burger rolls were high on my home baking list. My husband and I don’t live near a bakery and the rolls in the markets I go to, do not impress me.
I started looked for a good roll recipe and found one in my Artisan Breads At Home book.
These rolls are simple to make, there are only three steps. You just need to carve out some time to allow the yeast to work, they take about 3 hours with proofing time.
A great thing is that you can wrap any leftover rolls in plastic wrap and freeze them for later use. When you are ready to use, simply remove from freezer and allow to come to room temperature. I like toasting them slightly for added texture and taste.
These rolls are light and fluffy but still sturdy enough to hold up against a thick burger. I also really love the slightly sweet taste the honey gives to the dough. It’s natural and not overly sweet the way sugar can be at times. These rolls are a definite winner.