Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Rolls that even I can't mess up!

**I rolled out the dough, placed it on a sprayed cookie sheet and cut it with a pizza cutter. I then made a cream cheese filling topped some of them for cream cheese kolaches! I also did not refrigerate over night, I left them for about 4 or 5 hours. I dusted the counter with flour and dumped out the dough, don't kneed it, just work it enough so its not sticky, roll out and have fun!

SERVES 24 , 2 dozen 1 (1/4 ounce) package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1/3 cup margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1 dash salt
2 eggs, beaten
4 1/2 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water and add 1 tablespoon sugar and baking powder.

Allow to stand for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile scald milk. Add margarine, 1/3 cup sugar and salt. Cool a little and then add eggs. (I do this step in my 4 c glass measure in the microwave.).

Combine all with flour. (it will be sticky, thats ok) Cover and refrigerate overnight. (The dough will more than double in bulk, so make sure your container is big enough. If it looks like it might outgrow its bowl, you can always punch it down once or twice without any ill effects.).
Two hours before serving, divide dough into thirds and roll out into large circles about 9 inches in diameter on a floured surface. The dough will be sticky, but don't worry. It will quickly come together and handle really well with a few sprinklings of flour (not too much). Cut into 8 wedges and make crescent rolls by starting at the wide end and rolling up. Place on greased pans to rise, covered with clean towels. ****You can make them whatever you would like individual rolls, pull apart rolls, kolaches, cinnamon rolls...*****

Bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Rub the hot rolls with a stick of butter when they come out of the oven. It makes them so beautiful.
Cream cheese filling:
1 pk cream cheese
1 egg yolk
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Combine, spoon onto rolls after they have risen.

Friday, February 12, 2010

So You Think You Hate Lentils Soup

Well, I heard about lentils being some kind of super food and thought I better try them.

I found this recipe and it was very easy and very good.

I have freezer bags full of soup in my freezer for a healthy and hearty meal anytime!

Seriously folks it's delish!

*This makes a TON so use your big pot!

1 Tbl. butter

2 onion diced

2 clove garlic crushed

4 strips of bacon ( I didn't sautee my bacon)

1 bag lentils sorted and rinsed

10 c. water or broth (if you use water add bullion of your choice, I used chicken)

~Sautee onion and garlic in butter until tender. Add lentils and water, bring to a boil while you chop the veggies.
If the soup gets too thick as you are cooking, just add more water or broth.

4 carrots chopped

5 celery ribs chopped

1 box frozen spinach, you can use fresh

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can tomato sauce

(you can add any veggie you like, the recipe called for leeks, greenbeans, mushrooms and bell peppers. I didn't have those and really I think they would have been a strange addition.)

~Add the veggies as you get them chopped.

Season to taste with





Sorry, I know it annoys some people (Laura) but I don't really measure my herbs. I know which ones I like more or less and I add accordingly. If you don't get carried away you can always add more!

*****Use salt lightly as the bacon and the bullion are both salty and as it cooks down the salt will concentrate. You may want to save the salt for the end after you taste it.*******

Simmer and stir until the lentils are done and the veggies are tender.

Freezes very well.

Serve with crusty bread and your choice of beverage!

Try it, you really will like it!