I’ve always been a cook. I like to cook. I like it when the food I make tastes good. I can also bake, I make good cakes, frosting, brownies, and what have you. But there is an area in my baking that I have always lacked. Dough.
My dough’s suck.
If it’s a batter, a sauce, or souffle, I can do it. But for some reason anything that is a dough I can’t do it. So, I’ve been striving to figure it out.
Thanksgiving I decided I needed to figure out pie crust. I did a lot of reading about what goes on to make a good pie crust. After that I found a recipe that looked promising and I followed it VERY carefully (with other types of cooking I can just kind of throw it together and it works out great, as that had not EVER worked for dough I thought I would try the normal method) and what do you know, I made the BEST pie crust I have ever tasted. I made pecan pie, my favorite.
Next on my list was rolls. I can make a passable loaf of bread, if you go for the dense and heavy loaf, but that never flies with rolls. I applied my same method. Lots of reading on the internet and then carefully following the directions. They came out good. Not great, but good. I tried again last night and I got what I wanted. They are not the best rolls I’ve ever had, I think Shanan’s rolls hold that title, or maybe Bri’s, but they are good. Quite good.
Today is pizza dough. I have the dough shaped and pre-cooked. I tasted a little bit to get an idea if was going to turn out. It tastes promising.
Up next, pasta, or maybe biscuits…
Do you have a area of cooking that is a challenge for you? Do you have any dough recipes I should try?