I love baking things in my cast iron skillet. It took me a while to realize you could just pop these (or stainless steel pans) right into the oven. How fun! It’s sort of like when you find crayons in your refrigerator.
Well. Actually no. It’s not really like that.
It’s just sort of fun when things have dual purposes. I feel like my skillet can do double duty since she can both sauté and bake (and yeah, mine’s totally a she). And that’s sort of cool. Plus I like having a handle for pulling it out of the oven.
The main draw back to baking with cast iron is that the pan is very, very heavy. I’m not a strong lady. I go to the gym, yeah. But I don’t lift much, and it’s real hard. I’m just not strong. So pulling a heavy and super hot pan out of the oven is dangerous. Not to mention that every time I open the oven with my glass on they fog up like crazy.
So I can’t see.
And I’m not strong.
But dang it, I still get that pan out of the oven. Because that’s how I do.
I like trying something sweet and savory with all my new flour adventures to start. I made teff cookies so now I’ve added teff dinner rolls to my list of breads I’ve baked this year (we’re up to 16 so far!). Both of these turned out pretty good. I think I like teff. We are friends now.
Teff Dinner Rolls, makes 16, adapted from this recipe.
Needed: 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup teff flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons active dry yeast, 2 tablespoons sugar, 3/4 cup warm water and 2/3 cup milk. Melted butter and coarse sea salt for the topping.
In a small bowl dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Add the yeast allow this to bubble. In the bowl of mixer combine the flours and salt. Now pour in the yeasty water and milk. With the dough hook attachment mix/knead the bread until the dough is smooth. You could also do this by hand.
Oil and bowl, set the dough ball inside and cover with plastic wrap. Allow this to rise for 1 hour.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 16 pieces. Roll each into a bowl and lay in your baking… uh… vessel. Cover and allow to rise for another hour.
Bake at 350 F for 22-25 minutes. Remove from oven, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt. xo. Emma