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Using up slightly out of date food
I haven't made bread by hand for some years. I haven't even made any in the bread machine for quite a while. Anyway, I realised that a) there was no bread left in the freezer for lunch because I'd eaten the last crust as toast for breakfast and b) there was a bag of white bread flour in the cupboard with a use by date of October 2018, also a packet of dried yeast with the same expiry date.

I therefore whipped up a batch of rolls, using Mrs Beeton's Scottish Breakfast Rolls recipe. Somewhat to my surprise, they seem to have come out OK!

Scottish Breakfast rolls
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halfmoon_mollie From: halfmoon_mollie Date: December 15th, 2018 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have used yeast with a use by date two years previous. I always hold my breath, of course, but I've never had a problem.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 15th, 2018 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have had disappointing result with very out of date flour and yeast, but two months is obviously fine.

I'd forgotten how easy these rolls are to make, so I'll try to use the rest of the flour up over Christmas.
halfmoon_mollie From: halfmoon_mollie Date: December 15th, 2018 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
do you have a recipe you could share?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 17th, 2018 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Scottish Breakfast Rolls

1 lb plain flour (the kind for making bread not cakes)
1 teaspoon salt
½ pint of warm water
½ teaspoon of sugar
½ ounce of yeast (I actually use the instant dried yeast and 1½ teaspoons is about right)

Mix salt and flour well together and mix as per any bread dough. I just made a well in the flour, poured in the warm water, sprinkled on the dried powdered yeast and sugar and then mixed in the flour from the edges to make a dough.

Knead until the dough leaves the bowl clean and leave to rise in a warm place until it has doubled in size.

Divide the risen dough into 12 pieces, knead them lightly and shape into rounds. Pat down slightly and put to prove on a lightly greased (or floured) baking sheet for 20 minutes.

Brush with milk or water and dredge with flour (I never bother with this step). Bake in a hot oven 450-425 degrees F, Gas 8-7, 200 degrees C. The recipe says it takes 15-20 minutes, but I test after 10 and they're usually done. But my oven tends to run hot and is a bit fierce.

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halfmoon_mollie From: halfmoon_mollie Date: December 17th, 2018 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much. I appreciate it and will keep you posted!
sartorias From: sartorias Date: December 15th, 2018 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those look yummy!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: December 17th, 2018 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
They were. There are only two left now in the freezer. I'll have to make some more later in the week.
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