In the evening attempted to make Tiny Breads, seeking to overcome the fact I have long been kind of intimidated by doing things with yeast. Took this recipe and cut it in half and took the dough that resulted and cut it in half and put each lump in a muffin-tin cup. I got a couple of nice little muffin-sized and pleasantly crusty hard rolls, albeit with a rather dense interior. Plausible hypotheses for why the yeast didn't rise that much:
- Yeast/water/yeast-food slurry not warm enough for yeast to operate efficiently. The tap water might have been kind of cold, and my apartment's ambient temperature wasn't that toasty either, being as it is the kind of weather that made me crave hot bread in the first place.
- Yeast is old and getting close to its expiration date
- I was impatient and shaved maybe 10m off the total amount of rising time recommended by the recipe
Still totally edible, verging on tasty. Encouraging result.