Here’s a fun fact about me: I am scared of yeast.
That’s right, I said it. Yeast is one of those ingredients that spooks me. Am I alone or are some of you with me on this one?
Let me tell you how I developed a fear of yeast. When I was about 12-13 years old and I started baking, my favorite things to make were cakes. But then, as I got more experienced with them and grew more comfortable with making cakes, I needed new challenges.
I always loved cinnamon rolls, but the ones you buy in stores are so processed and so sweet that I wanted to try and make some myself that were a little healthier. I found a recipe online and got my mom to help me execute them. The first time, everything went well, the dough rose and the buns were tasty. I started trusting in my ability to work with yeast.
Then, I tried making them again and… total flop. The dough did not rise. I was so so disappointed that it turned me off from making anything with yeast for years!
When I attempted making another recipe with yeast a few years later, I got unlucky again… all that hard work of measuring, mixing, kneading, letting rise… for nothing! And this happened to me 3-4 times in the past 13 years – enough times for me to just give up on yeast, as sad as that sounds.
Then, come 2019. I started following so many incredible bakers, cooks, food bloggers and food photographers who tackle yeast without problems and who create the most epic baked goods. I choose to add to my 2020 goals: CONQUER MY FEAR OF YEAST!
First step: making pretzel buns. I followed the recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction and SUCCESS! It worked. My buns rose and were fluffy and delicious. I slowly started to gain my confidence back. So much so that I made the recipe 3 times, all with success.
I realized I am ready for a bigger challenge.
Once the quarantine hit and everyone on the internet transformed into baking gurus, I started seeing so many baked goods, rolls, buns, breads, pizzas, etc.
Fast forward to this weekend. I made these Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls and you know what, they surpassed ALL my expectations!
These rolls are so soft, so doughy, sweetened to perfection, so so so good!
I am honestly so excited about bringing to you guys a brand new recipe that not only is delicious, a little decadent and plant based, but also that reflects one of the goals I managed to accomplish in 2020: conquering my fear of yeast.
Well you guys, I really hope you try these Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls. They truly taste like the rolls you would have at a bakery.
Since most of us have to stay home, now is the perfect time to take on new culinary challenges and try new recipes. I really think that if you will try these, you will absolutely love them!
If you do end up making them, make sure to share your creations on IG and tag me (@muriellebanackissa).
Have a lovely week and stay safe!
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