Thursday, August 28, 2014
I am a little embarrassed at how many bread/roll recipes I have on here! But lets be honest, I have a love affair with bread and LOVE trying new recipes. Every couple of weeks I get an urge to try a new recipe and when I find a good one I just have to share! These beauties are the perfect dinner roll, not too sweet, puff up perfectly and have a light, fluffy, buttery texture. Pure heaven! I got the recipe here.
Perfect Dinner Rolls
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 cup warm milk
1 T melted butter, plus one more T for brushing on the tops of the rolls
2 T sugar
1 1/2 t salt
2 1/4 t yeast
4 1/2 cups flour
Combine the water, milk, butter, eggs, sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of a mixer. Add 2 cups of the flour and mix until smooth. Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time. Mix until the dough forms a smooth ball. You may not need all the flour. Continue mixing the dough for 4-5 minutes. The dough should feel elastic and slightly sticky.
Place the dough in a clean bowl sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and let it rise until it has doubled about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray. Gently deflate the dough and divide into 15 equal parts. Shape the dough and place into the prepared pan. Brush the tops with melted butter. Cover the rolls and let them rise for about 30 minutes or until they are double in size.
Preheat oven to 375. Bake the rolls for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Monday, August 25, 2014
We harvested about 60 pounds of potatoes from our garden this year! So I am always looking for new ways to cook up these beauties! I found this recipe here and LOVED that I got to use fresh herbs from my garden to season them! They were so easy, beautiful and delicious! They will be gracing our table time and again!
Herbed Sliced Potatoes
4 large potatoes or 6 smaller ones
4 T butter (about 1 T per potato)
1 t course sea salt
2-3 T chopped, fresh herbs (I used thyme, basil, rosemary, and flat leaf parsley)
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan, I used asiago, romano and parmesan mix
Preheat the oven to 400. Wash potatoes and peel if desired (I used Yukon Gold, very thin skin, and left the skin on). Place each potato between two wooden spoons and slice until you hit the spoons. This will cause the potato to be sliced but still hold together on the bottom. Mix the herbs into the melted butter and brush onto the sliced potatoes making sure to get the butter and herbs between the slices. Sprinkle with the sea salt. Bake for 45 minutes. Once or twice while cooking, spoon the butter that has dripped off back onto the potatoes. Sprinkle the potatoes with the grated cheese and put back in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are soft and the cheese is melted.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Peach season is one of my favorite times of year! Late summer, not quite fall, last Saturday before school starts time of year. I used this muffin base with chocolate chips and kept thinking to myself, this is all wrong! It needs peaches, not chocolate chips! So a couple of days later I added fresh diced peaches and vanilla bean glaze. And like magic, these muffins were born! They will made as many times as possible during this most delicious season! Happy going back to school!
Peach Cobbler Muffins with Vanilla Bean Glaze
2 cups flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 t vanilla
1 large peach (or two small ones) peeled and diced small
Vanilla Bean Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T milk
1/2 t vanilla bean paste (you can use vanilla extract too)
For the muffins:
Preheat the oven to 400. Grease muffin pan or use liners.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugars, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, coconut oil and vanilla bean paste. I add the coconut oil to the warm butter and stir them together to melt the coconut oil.
Add wet ingredients to the dry and mix until almost all the flour is absorbed. Add the diced peaches and gently fold them in until they are incorporated and the flour is all absorbed. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the edges are golden brown. While the muffins are cooking make the glaze.
For the Glaze:
Place all the glaze ingredients into a bowl and whisk until smooth. While the muffins are still hot, drizzle glaze over the muffins. Let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve warm!