I used to have better time to do creative things. I wrote random pieces of short story. I crocheted. I tried to sew big projects, but ended up with little projects.
Now I am trying to use making food as a creative outlet- but it’s hard to do all the things I want to do while feeding a family and cleaning up after two little boys all day long.
Last year I had given myself a challenge of finding the best local cinnamon roll. The winner of my informal taste testing was Sugarbird Desserts.
I grabbed a couple on occasion at my favorite Saturday farmers market, and got my family hooked on the cupcake- like treats right before she stopped selling them at the market. That last half-dozen I got were like gold. And yum.
So when the owner started offering classes, I was sent by the family to learn the secret of the roll.
It had been a while since I had created something other than a quick dinner or a box of brownies as comfort food, so i was eager to take the time and try something new without dirtying up my already-messy kitchen.
I’d never worked with yeast before, but had a couple packets in my kitchen with a winter goal of learning how to make bread.
Since it is now April I obviously never achieved that goal, but smelling the fermenting yeast and hearing the conversations of the bakers around me made me realize I was going to learn a lot that night.
We went over each step, with me scribbling notes on my recipe handout and smearing butter on it. My apron was quickly covered in flour and sticky dough, but I was having fun.
The class was small enough everyone got some attention but had just enough people to make you feel you weren’t on display all of the time.
And the result, after mixing and rolling and a just a little more flour?
Breakfast the next morning.
The joy on his face is hidden because he was scarfing it down that fast.
Of course, mine are NOT the same as Heather’s, but they were amazingly delicious. She also gave an orange roll variation I am dying to make to the attendees.
Lean closer ad I’ll let you in on the secret behind the amazing rolls.
Click on over to the Mom, Can I Have a Bite? blog and sign up for one of her classes. Because you need to learn from the master herself.
She also has private classes and pie-making class – something else I’d like to learn how to do.
And if you’re not sure yours came out right? I’d love to taste one for you.
Note: I paid for the class and was in no way compensated for this post. Full disclosure just in case, y’all.