[Photographs: Carrie Vasios]

I think everyone has one annoying task that they actually enjoy doing. My grammy likes folding laundry (or at least my laundry when she visits, bless her soul), I have friends who get zen as they dry their dishes, and let's not forget all those lumberjacks who get out their aggression by chopping wood. For me, I actually enjoy kneading bread.

Most of the time. But there are times when I'm down with this whole no-knead trend started by the popularity of Jim Lahey's No Knead Pizza Dough* because I want homemade bread but I'm just too busy.

*you might want to click through just to see Kenji in dire need (har har) of a hair cut.


Enter a great recipe from The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham. The recipe is for extra crispy rolls, which you attain by sprinkling cold water on the dough before and during baking. Personally, I don't care so much about crisp but I do care about sweet, so I skipped the water but did pair them with some homemade honey butter. A sprinkling of fleur de sel over the butter, which is preferably applied while the bun is hot, gives the whole thing a flavor boast and makes you think gee, I'm really glad I took time out of my day to knead that dough let that dough rise while I watch TV.

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

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