Friday, November 20, 2009

coolrise sweet rolls

Grandma Olson's Rolls
This recipe isn't that sweet and makes great dinner rolls.

1/3 c. warm water
1 Tbl yeast
1/4 c. sugar
½ c. warm milk
2 Tbl. softened butter
3/4 tsp salt
2 ½ c. flour

Add yeast to warm water in large bowl. Add sugar, milk, butter, egg and salt and mix. Add half of flour and mix well. Add the rest of the flour gradually until it forms a soft dough. If you have a dough hook, mix it in mixer, otherwise, turn out onto flour covered surface and knead 10 minutes. Cover and let rest 20 minutes. Shape into braided bread, rolls or cinnamon rolls. Let rise and cook at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Or you can cover with plastic wrap and let them rise in the fridge for up to 48 hours, take out 10–20 minutes before you put them in the oven, and then cook them.

Cinnamon rolls: Roll out dough into rectangle. Spread with butter, sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar, roll up into log and cut with a knife or string. Place on greased pan and cook. Top with a little bit of vanilla, water and powdered sugar mixed together.

Orange rolls: Wash and dry an orange. Scrape off the zest (skin of the orange). Mix with sugar. Spread butter on the rectangle of dough. Sprinkle with the orange/sugar mixture. Roll up, slice, bake and top with a little bit of orange juice and powdered sugar mixed together.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

renee's thanksgiving cranapple crumble

If you like apple crumble you will love this cranberry thanksgiving twist!

1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
6 cups peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick apples (I like Braeburn or Granny Smith)
1 cup fresh
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch

preheat your oven to 375°. Combine the flour, 1/4 cup of the sugar, the brown sugar, and the COLD butter in a bowl. Mix the ingredients with a pastry blender to create pea-size crumbs. Combine the apple slices and cranberries in a large bowl. Mix the juice, remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the fruit and toss well. Spoon the fruit into a 2-quart baking dish and sprinkle on the flour mixture. Bake the crumble until bubbly and golden brown, about 40 minutes. Serve with real vanilla ice cream.....ENJOY!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

maple baked acorn squash

Simply perfect!
1 Acorn squash
1 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons PURE Maple Syrup
Dash of Salt
chopped candied pecans, optional

Preheat oven to 400°F. Using a strong chef's knife, and perhaps a rubber mallet to help, cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife. Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up. Add about a 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the baking pan so that the skins don't burn and the squash doesn't get dried out. Coat the inside of each half with 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a dash of salt if you are using unsalted butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half. Bake in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until the squash is very soft and the tops are browned. Do not undercook. When finished, remove from oven and let cool a little before serving. Spoon any buttery sugar sauce that has not already been absorbed by the squash over the exposed areas. Sprinkle with pecans if you would like. Serves 2 to 4, depending on how much squash you like to eat.