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Mesh Ball Tea Infuser Repurposed

SNAP TEA DIFFUSERA number of you attempted to make a roux (fat+flour sauce base) this weekend. Some of you started to add flour to the warm milk and butter and it clumped up like gummy balls.  Others experienced grittiness.  Most of us have a snap style mesh ball tea infuser rattling around inside a drawer.  Try adding the flour using the mesh ball infuser.  For instance, if you are making mac-n-cheese with a Béchamel (milk+butter+flour)fill the infuser with flour and gently tap the infuser against the side of the pan to disperse a gentle dusting.  No clumps.  Need an even sprinkle of  powdered sugar on cookies?  Try administering the sweet sugarfrost with the infuser.  Sifters can be unwieldy, with an infuser you better control the mess.   Making a meringue or angel food cake?  This is a great technique for adding sugar without collapsing your eggy fluff.  SIFT

spices, girl

Cumin imbues deeply warm flavor to beans and soup.

Auspicious Turmeric possesses major health benefits and is currently the subject of a number of studies.  Sprinkle the yellow spice on almost anything for pleasing color and miraculous anti-inflammatory properties.

Paprika spikes dishes with antioxidants and color.  Try it on homemade mac-n-cheese to create a mysterious smokiness.

Pair Black Pepper with all the aforementioned spices.  It dramatically increases the bio-availability and absorption of other nutrients and minerals like selenium, vitamin B, beta-carotene and curcumin and also amplifies serotonin and beta-endorphin production in the brain.

warm buns

Until very recently, I found baking with yeast really intimidating.  As the astute among you have noticed, precision isn’t my thing, so I was daunted by yeast’s narrow activation temperature window.  Lately, I’ve been on a “from scratch” kick, and so why not bake classic yeast rolls to overcome my irrational rising-dough baking anxiety?  I found a highly-rated quick yeast roll recipe off allrecipes.com, and hoped for warm fluffy buns.

2 tablespoons shortening

3 tablespoons white sugar

1 cup hot water

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease 8 muffin cups.

In a large bowl, mix the shortening, sugar, and hot water. Allow to cool until lukewarm. Mix in the yeast until dissolved. Mix in the egg, salt, and flour. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size.  Divide the dough into the prepared muffin cups, and allow to rise again until doubled in size.  Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center of a bun comes out clean.

Since this recipe doesn’t require kneading, it is surprisingly easy.  It doesn’t take forever for the dough to rise either which I appreciate since I get impatient with lengthy rising times.  These rolls arrived from the oven comforting,  soft, and fluffy.  A true crowd-pleasing delight.