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Pie Crust...I will not be defeated!

This post has been SO HELPFUL to me! Nickblesch's dough problems were exactly the same issues I was having. I was doing everything by the book, but i couldn't get the water amount right, and as a result, the crusts had to be cut with a knife. From all the replies, I discovered 3 things I've been doing wrong: I was using King Arthur AP flour, I wasn't letting the dough warm up enough (I would put it back in the fridge every few minutes while working it) and I was afraid to get my hands in there for fear of overworking the dough. Tonight, I finally made my first flaky crust.

Dec 04, 2011
sweetandsavory75 in Home Cooking

Dissolving Yeast in Milk

Thank you for the info :) Water isn't added anywhere else in the recipe but I could change the fat content of the milk by using skim or 1%.

Jan 27, 2011
sweetandsavory75 in Home Cooking

The 5 best EVER dessert cookbooks?

Yes, I used a thermometer so I made sure it was at 110F. I think it might have been bad yeast even though it was new and not expired b/c I let it dissolve for 15 minutes so that should have been enough time.

Jan 27, 2011
sweetandsavory75 in Home Cooking

Dissolving Yeast in Milk

Thank you both for your suggestions. I did warm the temperature to 110F, so I'm wondering if the yeast wasn't good, despite the expiration date being fine b/c it definitely didn't bubble up and I waited 15 minutes. I was worried that whisking it was a problem but since that isn't the case, it must be bad yeast.

Jan 27, 2011
sweetandsavory75 in Home Cooking

Dissolving Yeast in Milk

I'm new to baking and just tried making a Cinnamon Rolls recipe from Emily Luchetti's "Stars Cafe" cookbook. The recipe calls for dissolving dry yeast in 3 T of lukewarm milk, but it wouldn't dissolve completely and became clumpy. I whisked the clumps out (I'm not sure if this is recommended). After going online, I found that 1) water is the preferred method to dissolve, and 2) the yeast should bubble up which it didn't (the yeast was not expired). Any suggestions or advice on what to do or what I'm doing wrong?

Jan 26, 2011
sweetandsavory75 in Home Cooking

The 5 best EVER dessert cookbooks?

Sugarbuzz - I just bought Emily Luchetti's "Stars Cafe" cookbook. I'm new to baking but I wanted to try her Cinnamon Rolls Recipe (which probably isn't for a beginner). I had a hard time with the dry yeast dissolving in the milk. Is there a secret to this? I had to whisk the clumps out and it didn't bubble up so I'm sure I did something wrong.

Jan 26, 2011
sweetandsavory75 in Home Cooking