These exceeded my high hopes-- really, I'm in trouble. There has been a series of testers through here today that all agree these are very, very close to the rolls at the actual bakery. There will be some minor tweaking next time-- I undercooked them slightly (the bakery ones are quite crispy on the outside) and I feel like they need more goo. Beth and I have decided to start baking our way through the cookie pages and I'm pretty sure she's going to make jammers tomorrow. I am considering hand pies for the weekend. I've made them before, but that was child's play. The book is everywhere (Beth got hers at Costco!), including at a discount at Powell's (where you can also ordered signed editions) and here.
A couple of years ago I got smart and requested a small kitchen scale for Christmas. It has made a big difference in the way stuff comes out of my oven. I was finding that my cakes were a little dry or my cooking times way off-- but I think it all had to do with the way I was measuring my dry ingredients. Now I just pop a small bowl on the scale and dump in the flour, etc. according to weight. It has also come in very handy when trying to decide whether to ship boxes or envelopes using the flat rate or not. I need to be making those decisions before I get to the flipping post office with my *helpers*.
If I could justify click and ship and grocery delivery I might never have to leave the house. Also helping: Tiny Desk Concerts on NPR. We are living large.