I’m not sure what’s come over me, but suddenly, I want to bake. It might just be the New Year, or I’ve been watching too many episodes of “The Great British Bake Off” lately.
I haven’t baked in years. It is something I did only out of necessity, and only then if backed into a corner. But . . . I’ve decided to ride this New Year’s wave as long as it lasts . . . and today when the urge came to bake, I made Blackberry Sweet Rolls.
I’m actually trying recipes to see if I can find a sweet dough that I could use to make poppy seed rolls that I loved as a child. My parents used to drive to the neighboring town to buy them from a German bakery and they were “to die for”.
I didn’t have enough poppy seed on hand to experiment with, so I used blackberries for the filler, since I was really just testing the dough recipe. I used to make pastries with yeast when I was a teenager living at home, and I was amazed at how nice it was to feel the dough in my hands again.
I’ve always been a person driven by how much I could accomplish, and working with yeast dough really took more time and patience than I had to spare. Waiting for the dough to rise, punching it down, and letting it rise again always seemed to be such a waste of precious time.
Now that I’m older, I think I’m more willing to slow down and enjoy the simple things of life. And I found, there is something very rewarding in watching the dough swell with life, and rise to the top of the bowl.
Then came rolling out the dough and adding a blackberry filling.
Only to roll it up again and cut into slices for baking.
Let’s just say, it came out very tasty. A top coating of frosting, and it was perfect with a glass of milk.
One big mistake though . . . I should have waited until Sunday afternoon to make it so I could take it to work to share. I didn’t think this through very well. I cut the recipe in half, but I’m still not sure who is going to eat it all. Any local ladies . . . please feel free to stop by to try it out.
The original recipe can be found at Two Peas and a Pod and is called “Raspberry Sweet Rolls”.