She was wrong.
Two pregnancies and two children later, I still have no patience. I work hard to make things happen when I want them to happen. Which is usually ... right now!
And then, there is bread. (recipe here)
I have tried to make these rolls while rushing the process. I ended up with small, hard rolls. They tasted fine but not fantastic. The texture, ah, that is where patience is required in bread making. My rushed rolls were little, chewy bricks of cooked dough.
Not the light, fluffy, airy, pillowy goodness I seek in a soft dinner roll.
So I take a deep breath and practice patience in my breadmaking. Patience in the form of other time filling tasks during the proofing stages, so a form of forced patience, but well worth it in the final bread results.
In the first proofing step, I set the bowl on the counter and went and folded a load of clothes, forcing me to wait the ten necessary minutes for the mixture of warm milk, yeast, flour and honey to be bubbly and alive.
After kneading the dough to silky smoothness, I placed it back in the bowl, under a damp tea towel, to rise.
I walked away. I pushed the dough to the back of my mind and forgot about it.
Only later, when I went to the kitchen for a cup of tea, when I saw the dough pushing up the tea towel, did I know this step was a patient success. I punched down the dough, portioned it into 60 gram balls, set the rolls on a silpat lined baking sheet, covered it again with the damp tea towel ... and walked away.
At this point, I had started the oven to pre-heat. This warming up of the kitchen was a great aid to my patience and my bread dough. When I went back to the kitchen, about 45 minutes later, the rolls were proofed. Large, fluffy, swollen with airy pockets of goodness waiting to be baked.
After a quick 20 minutes of baking, I had the beautiful, light, wonderful, flavorful rolls pictured. Taking the time to let the yeast develop the flavors in the dough, as well as lighten the texture, resulted in perfect dinner rolls. Homemade dinner rolls without chemical additives or dough conditioners.
Time. Patience. Lessons learned. Thank you bread.