The raisin bread was tasty, but the machine didn't get all the raisins mixed in and many were clinging to the outside.
I tried again, but instead of letting the machine mix the raisins in I tried to do that step by hand. I rolled out the dough, sprinkled more cinnamon on, and tried to evenly distribute the raisins. Then I rolled up the loaf, let it rise and baked that sucker.
Can you see the cinnamon swirl pattern in the bread? This method didn't really work--not enough raisins. I'm going to keep trying, though, because we have some true raisin bread fans in this house.
Then I got really crazy and decided to make dinner rolls. Again, I let the bread machine do the majority of the work. The recipe instructions called for rolling the dough into special "dinner roll" shapes, but that sounded like a lot of extra time and effort to me, so instead I just plopped balls of dough on the cookie sheet and called it a day.
My laziness paid off though--the rolls were fine in their blobby shapes and tasted delicious! Making the leap from bread to rolls was a cinch. A tad messier, perhaps, but completely a cinch!
With the help of the bread machine, I can see myself making rolls at least once a week. Each recipe yielded 16-18 rolls, and that is enough to get us through the week.
No more dough out of a tube for me! Now that I've mastered bread baking, I really feel so Martha-ish. Martha-like? Marthalicious?
Yes, that's it...I feel Marthalicious! Happy Friday, everyone!