Discover how simple and easy it is to make your own quick-rise dough!
Master this quick-rise dough recipe and you'll be serving delicious breads for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
1 In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve 1 teaspoon of the sugar in the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast overtop and let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes.
2 Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, stir together the remaining sugar, milk, butter and salt over medium-low heat until the butter is melted; remove from the heat and let cool until lukewarm.
3 Add the milk mixture to the yeast mixture in the bowl of the stand mixer; add the eggs and stir until combined. With the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, gradually beat in 1 1/2 cups of the flour; beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft, sticky dough that comes away from the sides of the bowl.
4 Change the attachment on the stand mixer to the dough hook and knead until smooth, about 6 minutes, adding more flour if the dough begins to stick to the sides of the bowl.
5 Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead with your hands until the dough forms a smooth ball, about 1 minute.
6 Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning the ball to grease it all over.
7 Cover and let the dough rise in a warm draft-free place until soft, airy and almost doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Prep & cook time: 1 1/2 hours
Makes: 1 batch
Serve this festive pull-apart bread at your next holiday dinner party.
Serve these holiday-ready rolls to your guests with two types of festive-flavoured butter.
Festive pull-apart dinner rolls
Sumac lime butter
Festive pull-apart bread
1 On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a long 2 1/2"-thick rope.
2 Place the rope on a large parchment paper-lined rimless baking sheet and bring the ends together to create a circle, pinching to seal and brushing with a bit of water to help the ends adhere if necessary.
3 Preheat the oven to 375°F.
4 Using sharp scissors, make cuts 1" apart around the edge of the dough, without cutting all the way through. Gently separate the slices, pulling them apart, one toward the outer side of the circle and the next toward the centre.
5 Cover the dough with a clean tea towel and let rise for 15 minutes.
6 Sprinkle the top lightly with flour. Bake until the rolls are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped, about 25 minutes.
7 Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Prep & cook time: 1 1/2 hours
Makes: 1 batch
1 In a small bowl, stir together all the ingredients until well combined.
2 Serve with festive pull-apart dinner rolls.
Prep & cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 1 cup
Learn the tips & tricks to make the most of your small space.
Make your small space work harder with smart solutions for making it look and feel larger than it actually is.
“Every room has eight corners. Don’t forget that.”
I first heard that from my mom when I was a kid. Whenever we moved, about every other year, I’d hear her mutter those words when she thought she was alone. Standing with hands on hips, she’d stare into the ceiling of our latest apartment, surrounded by boxes and wondering how we’d organize all the books and plants and knick-knacks this time around.
My mom had a point (and she made our space look cosy and organized and funky no matter the size), but she was no design expert. So I found two pros to provide some insight on how to make the most of tight spots in your home.
Meet the experts
Lynda Felton is stylist in Toronto who’s created living spaces for magazines and books.
Kyla Rozman, along with her business partner Pamela Ferrari, runs Vancouver-based In Order To Succeed Professional Organizing.
THE FUNDAMENTALS FOR ANY SMALL SPACE
1 Remember: A tiny room doesn’t have to hold only tiny furniture.
Sometimes with a small space, people avoid large furniture thinking it will dominate the room. Not true. A large sectional can often be better than a small sofa and chair. Lynda
2 Combine like objects and purge.
Don’t purchase any organizing supplies until you know precisely what needs to be stored. Kyla
3 Use mirrors and glass to create reflections and bounce light around.
Making a small space seem grand depends on maximizing light. You can do that with a glass coffee table, rather than a wood or opaque one. You can do it by tucking mirrors into corners, and by hanging art in glass frames, which create reflections. Lynda
4 Ensure that window coverings don’t cut off light when they’re open.
Hang curtains so that when they’re open, the entire pane is clear; open curtains should fall beside the window and not obscure any of it. Don’t hang curtains inside the window frame. Consider hanging curtains from the ceiling, rather than from the top of the window, which will add height (and some drama) to the space. Lynda
5 Think vertically.
Whether you’re hanging art or shelves, or placing furniture, don’t let vertical space go to waste. Using it is practical, providing a display space for art, for example, and it also draws the eye up, making a space feel more expansive than it actually is. LyndaROOM-BY-ROOM SPECIFICS
In the kitchen
6 Install to-the-ceiling cabinets.
Light-coloured cabinets, open shelves and glass-front doors will help to lighten a space. Too many cabinets, especially made of dark materials, will give the impression that the room is much smaller than it actually is. Lynda
7 Increase accessibility and capacity.
You can do this by adding pullout shelves, rotating inserts and tilt-out bins. Kyla
8 Use cork and magnetic boards.
If new or more cabinets aren’t in your future or your budget, remember that canisters on the counter take up valuable real estate. So cast your eye up to see where you can hang utensils, pots and pans on previously unused space. Lynda
9 Buy wire shelves.
They’re a must in a small space and in the kitchen they can almost double a cupboard’s capacity. Kyla
10 Use the inside of cupboard doors.
If covered with magnetic paint, they can accommodate papers and notes that might get knocked off a fridge in a small space. Lynda
11 Fill a cleaning caddy with supplies that can be stored in the kitchen, but transported around the house. This eliminates the need for cleaning supplies in multiple rooms, like the basement and bathroom, saving space in each. KylaIn the home office
12 Use a wall file system to organize documents.
This will get them off your work surface, but keep them visible and handy. Kyla
13 Consider redesigned wall bed/shelf/desk combinations.
The bed and desk fold into the wall leaving the room clear when you need the space. They also work well in a spare bedroom. Kyla
14 Move all CDs and DVDs into books with sleeves.
I love the faux leather ones at Staples. Then you can dispose of the space-consuming plastic jewel cases. Kyla
15 Don’t throw your coins in a jar.
Buy plastic coin holders that lay open and drop your coins into the appropriate sleeve. You’ll save hours because you’ll never have to sort again. Kyla
16 Get a paper shredder.
And in a small space, make it a habit to shred as soon as mail comes in. That way, there’s no backlog. KylaIn the living room
17 Watch your furniture scale.
You can make a compact room feel much bigger by choosing a few large, bold pieces rather than several smaller ones. And keep the main furnishings in proportion to each other. Lynda
18 Avoid bold patterns or overstuffed furniture with thick arms.
Streamlined pieces, such as armless Parson chairs, are beautiful space savers. Lynda
19 Hang your flat screen TV on a flexible arm.
This eliminates the need for a TV stand or entertainment unit. KylaIn the bathroom
20 Get rid of any visual obstructions.
Trade a frosted-glass bath or shower door for a clear glass one. Better yet, eliminate the door altogether and hang a shower curtain that can be pushed to one side when not in use. Lynda
21 Use pullout drawers in the cupboard below your sink.
These ones from Lee Valley are designed to accommodate plumbing. Kyla
22 Hang shelves above the toilet.
Use decorative boxes on the shelves to contain/hide the clutter. Label the boxes so that everything is easy to find, or so that everyone in the household can have their own box. Kyla
In the hallway and closet
23 Wallpaper isn’t just on-trend. It’s practical, too.
In narrow hallways, wallpaper can draw the eye away from the length of the space and create the illusion of width. Just remember: a small space isn't a place for high-contrast colour or patterns. Go for tone-on-tone papers. Lynda
24 Work the lateral space.
By adding a second rod inside a closet, you can double your hanging space. Hanging cubby shelves attached to the rod can add space for sweaters, shoes and hats. Lynda
25 Go custom.
Made-to-measure closet systems can be affordable. And systems from Storables or the Container Store can be dismantled if you want to take them with you when you move. Kyla
DIY project: Felt garlands
Add a festive flair to your home with these easy-to-make felt garlands
1 Using scissors or a fabric circle cutter on a cutting mat, cut as many 1” circles out of your felt sheets as you can. (48 1” circles should get you a 6’ garland).
2 Glue the circles to the ribbon, about 1/2” apart, offsetting them on both the top and bottom edges of the ribbon for visual interest. Let the glue dry completely and hang.
Makes: 1 6’ garland
1 Cut 108 1/2”-by-2” rectangles from your sheet of felt. Arrange four of the rectangles side by side in front of you, leaving approximately half an inch between each. Run a line of hot glue down the centre of the four rectangles.
2 Working quickly, grasp a length of the twine and press into the glue; hold in place until the glue is set. Move to the side and repeat with the remaining rectangles and twine until you come to the end. Let the glue dry completely and hang.
Makes: 1 10’ garland