Monday, November 29, 2010

The best dinner rolls!

This thanksgiving I made the best dinner rolls from KAF recipes along with green bean casserole and fruit cake. The others weren’t much to write home about but I was so impressed with the dinner rolls that I had to brag here Smile


When I took them out of the oven, the shell was hard to touch but after brushing it with melted butter as suggested in the recipe they were so soft! And to think about it I accidentally doubled the quantity of the potato flakes and they were still so good. The recipe listed below is half of the original and it makes 8 rolls.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/8 cup instant potato flakes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Baker's Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1 tablespoons melted butter


1) Combine all of the dough ingredients in a large bowl, and mix and knead to make a soft, smooth dough. I’d to add some extra water probably because I accidentally added some extra potato flakes!

2) Place the dough in a lightly greased container and allow the dough to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until it's just about doubled in bulk.

3) Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface.

4) Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Round each piece into a smooth ball.

5) Lightly grease one 8" round cake pans. The buns will be close together and when they bake will eventually bind together this will ensure right baking of their sides.

6) Cover the pan, and allow the buns to rise till they're crowded against one another and quite puffy, about 60 to 90 minutes. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F. When I put the buns for baking they hadn’t risen so much that they were touching each other, even then my rolls came out perfect!

7) Uncover the buns, and bake them for 22 to 24 minutes, until they're golden brown on top and the edges of the center bun spring back lightly when you touch it.

8) Remove the buns from the oven, and brush with the melted butter. After a couple of minutes, turn them out of the pan onto a cooling rack.

9) Serve warm. Store leftovers well-wrapped, at room temperature.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

First snow of the season

Tuesday morning we woke up to the most beautiful sight…here’s a view of our backyard


and the front


I love this photo…the fresh snow glistening under the rays of the morning sun.