Sunday, May 31, 2009

SMS: Bee Stings!



This week’s Sweet Melissa Sunday treat was Bee Stings, which Melissa says in the recipe notes were created out of her love for doughnuts, only in a brioche dough form. This is certainly one of the most eye-catching recipes (with a rare photo, to boot) in the book and I was delighted it was chosen only two months into our group’s adventure. In addition to being one the most intriguing recipes, I think it’s safe to say it’s also one of the more time-consuming ones in the book, as thus far, every other one has been fairly easy. I intended to start my dough on Friday evening so we could have the buns for breakfast on Saturday, but that didn’t happen. I then spent most of Saturday doing practical things like cleaning my house and exercising, so I didn’t start the dough until Saturday night at 9:45 PM.



The good news about starting this project so late was that I was able to benefit from the other bakers’ experiences by reading the Problems and Questions section of the Sweet Melissa site, which was definitely helpful, as I’m a novice when it comes to yeast breads. I knew going in that I would need to add extra flour (I ended up adding about two and a half extra tablespoons to my third of a recipe) to the dough and not bake the buns as long as the recipe specified (twenty minutes was perfect). The recipe said that the dough should form into a ball within ten to fifteen minutes; mine took twenty-five. Since I started so late, I used rapid-rise yeast and let them rise for about an hour, though I probably could have gotten away with a little less time. When I did the second rise this morning, I had to add a second round of warm water to the oven and it took about an hour for them to rise. Luckily I had no trouble with the vanilla pastry cream filling – yummy – or the honey caramel glaze – also yummy! Oh, a did have a little trouble getting the pastry cream into the buns; I was scared I would overdo it and they'd ooze, but I ended up not filling them enough.


I think my expectations were a little bit too high. I thought these buns were pretty good, but probably not something I would make again. I am always happy when a SMS or TWD recipe gets me to try new things, though, and I’m glad I got a little more experience working with yeast bread. The honey caramel glaze was delicious and super-simple, so I will definitely be topping other treats with it! I gave this recipe a 7.5 for Deliciousness and a 5 for Effort, giving it an EDR of 1.5. Many thanks to Jaime of Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats for selecting one of my bookmarked recipes. You can find the recipe for Bee Stings on Jaime’s site and see how the other bakers fared via the SMS blogroll.

14 comments:

Jaime said...

thanks for baking along w/me this week! I think I had grander ideas about this one too, but it was good nonetheless. The chopstick I used allowed me to hollow out quite a bit of the buns to add a lot of pastry cream!! :)

Tracey said...

Looks like your bee stings turned out pretty great Margot! These were definitely a lot of effort though, like you said, so I'm not sure I'd make them again either.

JoAnn Freda said...

Great picture of these adorable little buns. They look like just the sort of thing I would love. If school was out I would drive up to Marin and beg for the leftovers.

Cristine said...

I completely agree with you. These were good, but I'm not sure I will make them again. Yours look great!

spike. said...

Yours look perfectly round! Nice work

karen said...

Your bee stings look so puffy & scrumptious!

Elyse said...

Your buns look absolutely beautiful. I'm sorry they let you down a bit in the flavor department. But, yay, you did a great job with the yeast and the caramel sauce and the pastry cream. That's quite a feat!!

PheMom said...

They are very pretty!

Hornedfroggy said...

Those are perfect, Margot!! :) They look exactly like the ones in the book - how pretty!

Megan said...

Glad you had such success - but I agree with your assessment on these: good, but probably not on the repeat list.

pinkstripes said...

Your bee stings look wonderful! I'm so glad you were able to be successful on your first attempt.

Fit Chick said...

At least you tried and they came out! They look great, nice job.

Hanaâ said...

Sorry this wasn't a favorite. They look really nice though!

Katiecakes said...

Awh, they're uber cute! I under filled my buns too :D

Katie xox