January 05, 2009

Two more recipes

Here are the last two recipes from our dinner party.

This is my favorite roll recipe. It's super yummy and easy. I use it for cinnamon rolls too (see below).

DINNER ROLLS (I triple this recipe for a big group)
1/4 c. butter, melted
3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. water
2 c. flour
2 T. yeast
1/3 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 1/2 - 2 c. flour

Combine dry ingredients in Bosch (mix on low for a few seconds to combine), using wire whisks. Heat butter, milk & water to about 125 degrees (I just do it all together in the microwave... approximate temperature). Pour into Bosch and mix for 2 minutes on low. Add egg and mix until incorporated in. Switch to dough hook. Add enough flour to make a soft dough (should leave the sides of the bowl clean, but still sort of stick to the bottom of the bowl). Let knead 5 minutes. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. (If you are making a bigger batch you will want to transfer it to a larger bowl first, oiled.) Shape into rolls (see below). Let rise 20-30 minutes (or until about double in size). Bake in 375 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

NOTE: I often substitute canola oil for the melted butter, and powdered milk, and it turns out just as good. Just mix the powder with the dry ingredients and use additional water in the amount of the milk. Use about half as much oil as butter... it shrinks by about half when melted.

SHAPING: You can make balls, or whatever shape you like, but I find it easiest to make crescent shaped ones. Roll dough into a large circle, to 1/2 inch thick (I usually do thinner than that). (When I make a triple batch, I divide the dough into 4.) Spread with a small amount of room temperature butter (you don't want too much... just a thin layer). Use a pizza cutter to cut dough in a pinwheel like a pizza, but very skinny/long wedges. Roll up tightly beginning with the widest edge..... I pull it tight/stretch it a little before rolling to keep it tight.

Another yummy option is to shape them into regular balls, let rise until double. Then spread tops with soft (very soft or you'll squish the rolls) butter, and sprinkle with kosher (coarse) salt and rosemary and thyme before baking.

For cinnamon rolls, roll into a large rectangle... about 12" by however long. Spread with melted butter, a generous amount of brown sugar, and LOTS of cinnamon. Roll up from a long edge so that you have one very long roll. Use a length of dental floss to slice dough into 1 inch wide rolls by sliding the floss under one edge and crossing at the top and pulling.


PUMPKIN CRUNCH

CRUST:
1 yellow cake mix (preferably without pudding)
1/2 c. (1 cube) butter, melted
1 egg, beaten

Reserve 1 c. cake mix. Combine remaining cake mix with butter and egg. Press into ungreased 9x13" pan (I use a glass casserole dish that is a bit larger).

FILLING:
3 eggs, beaten
1 can (29 oz.) Libby's pumpkin (not pie filling)
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. evaporated milk (I think this is a small can)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix together and pour over crust.

TOPPING:
1 c. reserved cake mix
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. pecans, chopped
1/4 c. (1/2 cube) butter, melted

Combine and sprinkle over the top (don't spread). Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour, until toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm, topped with real whipped cream.

15 comments:

  1. Wow! Thanks, Alice.

    I consider a wonderful cook sharing good recipes and delightful gift. Thank you!

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  2. Thank you for the detail Alice... I have so many bread/roll recipes, but am still new at all this!

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  3. I made rolls yesterday, and always seem to be using a new recipe each time. I decided yesterday to find a great recipe and stick with it. I have no doubt that your roll recipe will be it. Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. I LOVE your roll recipe and like the idea of the salt and herbs on top. I'll try that next time I make them. Thank you for the new recipes. Anything you make I'm willing to try.

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  5. That pumpkin crunch sounds like heaven! Thanks.

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  6. I want to try your rolls recipe but what if I don't have a Bosch? I only have a hand mixer. It's new though because I just broke my last one...again.

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  7. Aprilyn,
    That's a bummer that you don't have a Bosch.... I can't live without mine. I advise you to save up for one if you intend to make bread or rolls on a regular basis.

    In the meantime, go ahead and use your handmixer/hands, but you will have to stick with small batches for now.

    Good luck!

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  8. I just made your roll recipe and it was the best recipe I have had by far:) The rolls turned out awesome and were devoured by my family. Thanks for sharing this recipe with easy to follow directions, easy to make rolls and easy to eat the whole batch in one sitting:) Seriously, to die for rolls;)))) Thanks agai!

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  9. Alice, I made the rolls to go along with my ham and bean soup. It was very easy and super delicious! Thanks, love your blog. Darla Driggs

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  10. Thank you for ALL of the delicious recipes!

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  11. tammy6:33 PM

    Thanks for sharing all your great recipes. I've had a few of these for years and love them. I can't wait to try the other ones. Life without a Bosch would be tough. Mine gets a regular work out. Yours is probably much much newer. They last forever. Mine is almost 25 years old and was the best wedding gift ever. Just as Legos are the best gifts for the young men in our lives. You have such great taste!

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  12. Thanks for all of the wonderful recipes...I can't wait to try them!

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  13. mm I love all your recipes they look great!! My sisters and I have a recipe blog--so I am always on the look out for great recipes! I have a question about your play list on your sidebar. I like that you have one--but it doesn't automatically start playing usless you click on it. How did you set it that way??

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  14. Melanie Anne,
    I used to have my playlist start automatically, but people complained so I turned it off. I set it up like that quite a while ago though, and they have changed their set up and I can't find where the change it. It just had an option to start automatically, and I "unchecked" it.

    Good luck!

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  15. I'm excited to try these recipes...I am famous for not being able to make bread, but I have a Bosch, and I"m ready to try again! :)

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