and we have tried many, trust me. Because Sam loves bread, and I love to use that as an excuse to make/buy/serve it way more often than would be reasonable.
This recipe uses the dough setting on a bread machine. I tried making them without one but something about the lack of warmth when rising or letting the yeast develop or I don’t know. They just turned out really dense.
I got this recipe from a book that came with the old bread machine Sam bought at a garage sale for $10 when we were dating. I don’t know why it’s important to tell you that he bought it when we were dating, but the point is, it’s old. The machine has since died and was a brand I haven’t seen in stores, but it doesn’t matter and the recipe is great.
The caption above the recipe says, “Cottage cheese, adds protein!” That comma has always bothered me.
So all you do is put in these ingredients, in this order:
3-6 tsp. water (depending on how wet the cottage cheese is)
1 large egg
3 tblsp. honey
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 cups whole wheat flour (I use white flour)
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (1 packet)
and then let the dough setting do its thing, and when it is done, pour out the dough onto a lightly floured piece of waxed paper, let it rest for a few minutes, and then divide it into 12-16 pieces. The book says to do 12 and shape them into balls. I usually do 16, and I just use a sharp knife with a bit of flour to cut it into quarters and then cut the quarters into quarters.
Then put them on a lightly greased pan. If you want them to come together so that you can pull them apart and see the insides, put them in a 9-inch square pan. If you want them to brown on the sides, put them on a cookie sheet. Creative license. Cover them with a cloth and let them rise for 30-45 minutes, then bake them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or so. The recipe says to glaze the tops with egg white before baking but I prefer to glaze them with butter after baking.
When I make these, it doesn’t matter what else I’m serving for dinner. Sam will still say, “Oh, that sounds delicious!”
I don’t want to plagiarize! So this recipe is for the Welbilt Easy Baking Recipes and Instruction Manual Model ABM2100-1.