Once in a while, I find a recipe so incredible that I use it without any modification, or my modification doesn’t justify trying to distinguish it from the famous person who made it first. In this case, I had a mini-retreat, and have two recipes that fit the title: Kaiser rolls, and Martha Stewart’s Cranberry Scones. Making bread is my new favorite hobby in the kitchen, so it makes sense that I would use my mini retreat to practice. I’m happy to say that I nailed the Kaiser Rolls on the first try.
I used Fleischmann’s BreadWorld Kaiser Rolls recipe, even though I didn’t use Fleischmann’s yeast. I used Kroger brand quick-rise yeast. It works as good as any other quick-rise yeast, and costs half as much. I didn’t use a mixer, because I forgot to bring mine, so I mixed it all by hand. It didn’t take 30 minutes. I ended up using almost 4 cups of flour, but I’m in Colorado, so I recommend starting where this recipe says, and adding by the tablespoon-full until you get a dough that doesn’t coat your hands and pulls away from the bowl. Just don’t use too much. I used an egg wash on the tops and sprinkled both sesame and poppy seeds. One other thing: I don’t have a Kaiser Roll stamp, so I tied knots. I figured out that 18-inches (45.7 cm) works better than 12-inches (30.5 cm).
Martha Stewart’s Cranberry Scones
When I made Martha’s Cranberry Scones the first time, back in December, they were a gift for my dad. The only modification I made was to use fresh, whole cranberries. Shortly after he finished those, he put in another order, and I made a double-batch in the same way. I just made these last weekend, at his request, but this time I used about half as much baking powder and dried cranberries instead of fresh or frozen. I used a lot more half-and-half than was remaining, probably another 2 tablespoons, and the sugar I used was unbleached.
So, that’s it. I give both of these recipes a stellar review. It’s worth standing in the heat for the dough to proof and the breads to bake. Let me know how you like them when you make them!