Advice for a lightweight homemaker, please!

So I am a lightweight homemaker… I try to make meals that take less than 30 minutes from start to finish to prepare.  I use a bread machine to make my bread instead of kneading the dough with my bare hands.  And yeast rolls I did make, for the first time in my life a couple of days ago… once again employing the bread machine.


See how the individual bread didn’t turn out perfectly round like the yeast rolls one gets at the store?  I couldn’t get my dough to form into nice round balls like the recipe said to do.  I have no idea why… do you?  Experienced homemakers or bread makers, what is your take?

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope we have a slightly cooler weekend…. I will be finishing up my Starry Pursuit quilt.  Pictures will come next week.  Meanwhile, have a lovely weekend.

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22 thoughts on “Advice for a lightweight homemaker, please!

  1. When I take the dough out of the bread maker, I always have some bread flour on my cutting board, so I can tear off a piece of dough and roll it around on it. They seem to come out better like this, then when I just tried to form them in my hand. Hope this helps.

  2. I make rolls all of the time but I have never used a bread maker. With Yeast rolls, you must let the bread rise twice. I warm the oven to about 200 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Turn the heat off, place the dough in a pre-greased oven safe bowl with a clean towel over the dough. It normally takes about 1 hour for the dough to double. With your fingers punch down the dough, sprinkle flour on a counter and you can roll the dough out with a rolling pen that has been lightly floured; proceed and cut rolls with a round biscuit cutter and place on a greased baking sheet..I use a baking pan that I make or cook sheet cakes. Put back in the warm oven and the dough will rise again for about one hour. I brush my rolls with melted butter or you can use milk. the rolls should rise smooth. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Each oven is different!

  3. When you take the dough out of the breadmaker, pinch off a piece about the size of a walnut. You’ll want to have lightly floured hands for the next part. As my grandmother explained to me, place the dough in the palm of one hand, cup your other hand over your other hand, like you’re covering and cradling something in your hand that you don’t want to lose. Gently rotate your top hand to smooth the ball into a smooth round ball. Place in pan. It takes some practice, but they’ll be worth it. When they come out of the oven, gently brush with melted butter. Good luck.

  4. In our house, fresh-baked bread is a delicacy not taken lightly….even if the rolls are a bit misshapen! Looks yummy to me & sounds like good advice already received!

  5. Your rolls look pretty gosh darn good to me! I use my bread maker all the time and never takie the time to make individual rolls but love them when someone else makes them. I think bread is my comfort food. Love it! Your emails are like a surprise package, Never know what pretty thing we’ll see next. Dottie

  6. They look good enough to eat to me! I use my machine all the time when I make bread or rolls, What I do however is I take the dough out to rise in my kitchen instead of the machine the reason why is its easier to handle and form into the rolls or bread.(for me anyways) So, I let it rise for about an hour and a half and punch it down let it rise again for an hour then on a floured surface I work it into whatever I’m preparing. It might take a little longer but it is worth every second of it. You don’t have to do much and it won’t take long to work the dough at all….. My bread machine has to be at least 15 yrs old now! And its still going strong! Let us know how your rolls turned out tonight!

  7. Yeah! I’m not the only one. I figure any more than 30 min. in the kitchen is just way to much time spent when I could be doing something more enjoyable. I try to make healthy meals but I certainly am not a gourmet cook. My bread machine no longer works so any bread I make is done the old way. Your rolls look yummy! Have a great weekend!

  8. I don’t have a bread-maker, and my first attempts at breads did not turn out well at all. Looks like you’ve got some good advice. Maybe I’ll give it a whirl again when the weather turns cool enough to turn the oven on. I have to confess, cooking isn’t my favorite thing and I look for quick, simple meals, too, with every now and then getting into something taking more work. There are many other things I’d rather be doing than cooking yet I do want to have good meals for the family.

  9. I agree with Marty and Deb W. A little flour on the hands helps alot. It wouldn’t hurt to let the dough rest on a flour covered board for a few minutes before shaping the rolls. For 30 minute meals, catch Rachel Ray–show or magazine.

  10. You don’t have to roll them in balls. PInch off a good amount for a roll – roll in
    and then in the middle, push the bottom towards the top and then pull those sides down and continue until you have a smooth top. Drop them in a well greased pan, leave about 3 inches between the rolls and then when they raise,
    they will fill all of those empty places and by yummy.
    I made oatmeal bread yesterday and then wrapped it and put it refrig for the first bacon and tomato sandwiches, on homemade yeast bread. WoW

  11. Hi Wendy- I don’t make bread – I go to the bakers. I’m lucky because we have fantastic bakers in Scotland lol. I’d rather be qulting. Looking forward to seeing Starry Pursuit nexy week. Have a good weekend. :)

  12. Well, for a first timer your rolls don’t look that bad. My mother taught me to take a wad of dough. Making sure it was smooth, then force it between a circle you make with your thumb and pointer finger. Squeeze and twist off. Perfect round ball of dough. Its simple, its easy, and they are perfect everytime. Hope that helps.

  13. I generally make bread in the breadmaker but have made buns a few times. Two risings, then shape and final rising produces an excellent texture. I am going to try some of the good advice above though. You should be happy with your first attempt, if they taste good that is what counts.

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