When our daughters were younger, they always loved the flavor of the traditional Hawaiian bread rolls. I think it was because of the sweetness…the bread and our girls! It was always a bit too sweet for me though. Hard to imagine enjoying it with something savory. When given the task of bread for Anna & Vince’s Shipwrecked theme Great 8 Dinner, I knew exactly what I wanted to bring! A version of the Hawaiian bread, but a tad less sweet. Give me the duty of bread, and I am one happy gal! Yay! One more recipe to have fun with! Let’s play!!
After playing with the ingredients, pineapple juice was what gave it the “island” like flavor and brown sugar, instead of the typical white, was the perfect added sweetner. Of course when trying new combinations, especially when baking bread (or baking anything)! I’m always eager and anxious to see what the final outcome will be! With bread, its patience! Will it rise?! I can’t help but peek mid way!!
When the rising time is up, I can’t wait to see the result…Puffed and happy or flat and sad! Hooray! Puffed and happy for the win! So far so good!
I’m always surprised when dough has risen for so long, that the heat is still evident when it’s deflated…pillowy soft and warm! Kinda like a comforter!
For me, the fun part of bread making is what comes after the initial rise. Whether you’re making buns, loaves, rolls or braiding it, getting it ready for the last rise before oven time is what gives it its “personality.”
Yes, bread has a personality! Airy, dense, puffy, etc. Kinda like us! 😉
Puffed and happy and ready for the oven…another test of my patience was about to take place! Almost time!
Lucky for Phil, my oven tends to be a bit warmer in one area. The reason I say he’s lucky, is because when it comes to baked goods, he’s always chosen the darker ones! Cookies, rolls, muffins, you name it. When he saw that there were a few over-done rolls, and knowing I wouldn’t bring them to the party, he grabbed a jar of preserves and marked his territory!
Here’s a funny tidbit! Although the ingredients for these Hawaiian bread rolls are SO different, our girls thought that these rolls tasted “just like my Challah Bread, but as rolls not loaves.” Now they’ve got me thinking…the next time I make my Challah, instead of braiding one of the loaves, I might make rolls! Stay tuned!