I like to cook and to bake. I know it’s healthier for my family, and it makes me feel like a ‘real’ mom and housewife. But I have a fear… A fear of yeast. Something about the process, having to wait for it to rise, knead it just the right amount of time, etc etc etc, frightens me and intimidates me, and for that reason I’ve avoided it like the plague. It is really a shame, since carbs are my absolute favorite and I could eat bread for every meal and be happy. Give me a soft pretzel, iced cinnamon roll, or buttery yeast roll and I’m in absolute heaven. But alas, my fear kept me from indulging in those treats unless someone else made them for me, which also meant my family didn’t get to enjoy those treats at home either.
I decided it was high time I conquer that fear (with a little nudging), and made a yummy recipe tonight using Fleischmann’s Yeast. Upon taking the Polish Dogs out of the oven, however, I was reminded why yeast is my nemesis:
Yep. I followed the directions to a tee (or so I thought). After searching the internet for reasons why my dough didn’t rise, I discovered that it was, in fact, my fault. How could it not be? Fleischmann’s Yeast has been around for over 140 years with mega success, so it had to be me- Duh. So what did I do wrong? I should have made sure the temperature of the liquid I added to the yeast mixture was at the exact temperature specified. Too hot or too cold and the yeast and it’s function can be compromised.
I wanted to give up. As a matter of fact, I was ready to. But my husband insisted I try again. What better way to be sure it was my fail than to try again and follow the directions? (Plus, I think he wanted to be able to enjoy a tasty, delicious looking meal, not a botched one.) So very very reluctantly (and with a pouty face and attitude) I tried again, this time making sure when the temperature of the liquid was too high that I let it cool first. I won’t lie… I was disgruntled the whole time and yelled at that dough in my head while I kneaded it, and then my heart was pounding while I waited anxiously to see how they would come out of the oven. And…?
Ta-da! It worked! Amazing what happens when you follow the directions, right?! The only thing that bugs me is that I used the Costco polish sausages which are way longer than others you can buy. I wasn’t able to wrap them as much, thus the lesser amount of bread covering the sausage. Less bread is not good, at least to me. Next time I’ll either roll out the dough a bit longer, or buy different sausages.
Here’s the recipe, from Fleischmann’s Yeast’s Bread World
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ¾ cup cottage cheese
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 1 egg
- 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 12 polish sausages, fully cooked
- 12 popsicle sticks
- Dipping Sauce:
- ? cup yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish, lightly drained
- Mix whole wheat flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a mixer bowl.
- Combine cottage cheese, water and oil; heat to very warm, between 120° to 130°F. Add to flour mixture along with the egg. Beat for 3 minutes on medium speed. Add ½ cup all-purpose flour; beat 1 minute. Gradually add enough remaining all-purpose flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 6 to 8 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover and let dough rest for 10 minutes.
- Roll dough into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle. Cut twelve 1-inch strips (each 10 inches in length). Wrap a strip around each Polish sausage, tucking ends under sausage. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise 20 minutes, until puffy (dough will not double). Place in preheated 350°F oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove and insert stick in one end. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
- Dipping Sauce: Combine mustard and relish in a small bowl.
The Super Bowl is this weekend, and this recipe would be a fantastic addition to your Super Bowl party food line-up. Not only do they taste amazing, but they’re a great meal to grab and eat at the couch without missing a second of the big game!! Plus, leftovers can be frozen and reheated later, making a quick, easy and delicious lunch!
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