The Eco Dad is labouring at the moment on a small housing construction site over at Mount Irvine. He is up very early, working hard and has long days.
Previously he was buying 3 crappy sandwiches from the local 7 / 11 which were awful white bread and just ick. He's not meant to have wheat and I knew if I didn't make him a lovely, enticing alternative we'd have a battle on our hands.
So I did use our Tiffany Breadmaker to mix the dough and help a little bit with the kneading.
*insert sheepish smile here*
That being said though I DID do most of the kneading by hand! Its WAY harder on your wrists than you'd think - mine were quite sore by the end of 10 minutes of kneading let me tell you.
So when I got the dough to the right consistency, which took a bit of time because I stuffed up and didn't add the first dough ball to the second one as it says to in the recipe. OOPS!
They come in handy those little bitty jars, they do! ;-)
The little circles were supposed to double in size from when you cut them, if you leave them for 15 - 30 minutes to rise.
I did that thinking they'd expand SIDEWAYS and UPWAYS but... no. They didn't do that.
They just poofed up a a bit - doubled in height but not in width. My first inkling that this may not work how I wanted it to.
After 15 minutes of bouncing around on my chair outside telling The Eco Dad proudly about how much I had enjoyed my culinary journey into breadmaking today and how clever I felt making my own bread for the very first time (almost) by hand the time rang on the oven.
I practically knocked The Eco Dad off his chair as I flew past him back into the kitchen to reveal to him my amazing hand made spelt bread rolls for his lunch tomorrow.
I peer in the oven. Hmmm... that's not right.
I open the door and have a peak in, hoping the oven glass is just playing tricks with my eyes.
Nope. That's definitely not right.
The Eco Dad sashays into the kitchen smiling "So, how did they go?"
I turn to him with my tray of merely mini-rolls and sigh.
"I think I made them too small" I say disappointed. "I thought they expanded sideways AND upways... not just upways! No one told me that...!"
We both shrug and break open one of the freshly baked spelt "Dinner Rolls". Melted butter on fresh hot spelt bread - it was still an amazing treat even if it was miniature sized!
Next try will be tomorrow and I will double the size and hopefully we'll have a half dozen of good size lunch rolls.
Wish me luck! And if you're a proficient breadmaker, PLEASE share your wisdom below here for me to learn from!! There's only so many dinner rolls one can have... and we now have 36 of them!
Love and dinner rolls,
The Eco Mum xo