Sunday, April 8, 2012

Rolls, Bread, and Veggies

These Soft Yeast Rolls were loved by the whole family.  There was no hesitation to reach for a second and third serving.  They're THAT good.  They go well with butter, cheese, and of recent I've had them with Nutella.  Absolute YUM!!!
Soft Yeast Rolls
By The Virtuous Wife
2 cups of lukewarm water (105 degrees) 
3 Tbs dry yeast
1/3 cup powdered (dry) milk
5 cups flour (separated)
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 Tbs salt
1/2 cup sugar

Step 01
In a bowl, combine the water, yeast, dry milk, and 2 cups of flour. Let sit for 5-8 minutes. This is called preparing "the sponge" for the dough.

Step 02
After the "sponge" has risen and puffed up, add to stand mixer. Add the oil, salt, and sugar.

Step 03
Begin mixing in the remaining 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time. It will be an elastic, sticky dough.

Step 04
Grease a bowl with cooking oil (1/4 cup of a cup, usually) and put the sticky, unkneaded dough in the bowl. Cover with saran wrap and let rise until double in size (about an hour).

Step 05
Once it's risen, punch down, and turn it out on a floured surface. Knead the dough once or twice, just to get it shaped into a ball. Divide the dough in half to make it more manageable. 

Step 06
Roll the dough into a log shape and begin pinching palm-full sized rolls off the log. Shape them into circles and lay them in a greased baking dishes (I used a 9X13 and an 8X8 dish). The sides of each roll should just touch the others.

Step 07
Cover the dishes with saran wrap and let rise in a warm place for 20-25 minutes. Until double in size.

Step 08
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until tops of rolls are golden brown. Butter the tops of the hot rolls when they come out of the oven. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!       

The rolls before going in the oven.

Also made Baked Veggies.  Simple and extremely easy.   Choose any veggies you like: asparagus, tomatoes,
onions, zucchini, assortment of colored peppers, and carrots.  Cut and mix in a bowl with olive oil and garlic salt.   Place in baking sheet.  Bake at 400° F until potatoes are soft.  Broil for 4-5 minutes.  Add salt as desired.

My mom's secret banana bread recipe.  The recipe usually call for crushed walnuts but I was too lazy to
go to the grocery store.  Nonetheless, the banana bread is moist and delicious.  Secret recipe indeed.
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