Archive for April, 2010

These rolls remind me of grade school.  One sniff send you back to the days when the net-haired women of the cafeteria would plop one on your tray.  Add any fresh herb,  and you have a new monster. Raisins and cinnamon, or slightly sautéed garlic… this is a great basic roll dough.  Once again I make the dough in the bread machine on the dough setting. It really makes everything easier. I LOVE my machine, and I can’t emphasize that enough. Lets get to mixing since I can’t wait until the smell of warm baking bread fills the house!


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 packet or 2-1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 3-1/3 cups bread flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 -1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp butter flavored shortening
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup wheat bran (optional)

Start by dissolving the sugar into the cup of warm water.  Once it is dissolved, stir in your yeast and let it sit until it’s frothy, approximately 3-5 minutes. Could be more, could be less so keep an eye out! This is what frothy should look like.

Pour yeast mixture into the bread machine, add eggs, milk, flour, salt, and shortening. Add in wheat bran at this time, if you chose too. I do, because it makes me feel better about myself. Or at least better about my rear.

Use the dough setting on your machine. Press start and walk away.  Most machines have a dough setting of an hour and a half for a 1.5 pound dough ball.

Once your machine beeps to tell you that your dough is done, dump it out onto a lightly floured surface.

This is a semi sticky dough,  as you can see by my fingers… but this changes really quickly.  Pour your melted butter over the dough, and knead it in for 2 minutes. I end up folding the dough in half over itself about 8 times. The dough will look a little shiny like so:

Grease or spray down a 9×9 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.  Cut the dough ball into 9 or 10 equal pieces and form each piece into a small ball. Arrange in the pan (the dough balls will be touching) and brush with any excess melted butter.  MMMMMMmmmmm…  butter.  Food of the gods. I am a dairy girl at heart.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and put in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size. Depending on how cold your house is, this could take anywhere from 15-30 minutes.  They should look like this.

These are going to rise even more in the oven!!
See I told you. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown, then open your oven door to warm bread heaven.

I’ve brushed these with some more butter, of course!!!

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I went to the eye doctor today, and I swear she put crack in my eyes.  I have never had my eyes dilate that badly before. My vision was a blurry mess for what seemed like for-ever. She then took me into the back room and further rendered me sightless by blinding me with the brightest light I have ever “seen”.  Doctor, I think you may be burning the back of my brain. What do you mean by telling me to keep my eyes wide open?  I’m not closing them on purpose.  My eyelids are acting on their own accord. It’s a survival reflex to them.  You’re lucky they haven’t flown off and tried to shake you silly yet.   Needless to say, I was getting nervous about driving home at this point. And of course that’s exactly when she wanted me to pick out a new pair of frames. At one point, I had something purple and big enough to touch my hairline handed to me to try on.  I could actually feel my head warming up. Could have been a pair of eyeglass frames.  Could have been a hat. Only she will know. Dear Ms. Doctor, you will take full responsibility for how dorky I look in my new glasses, and you will be fully blamed. You will hear about it if someone calls me “Buddy Holly”, because even though I  like his glasses, I don’t want to wear them. You will also be the brunt of future conversations about strange doctor experiences.  PS- I will be seeing my regular eye doctor from now on, even if it takes months to get an appointment.

Though weather being has been gray this week, (and having been on the receiving end of an intentional blinding) I’m still feeling optimistic. I’ve been working on the corset that I’m determined to finish in the next few days, and I’ve started on a new commission. The birds seem to hate the tinfoil spinners that I’ve put in the garden. BIG  BIG plus. That is except for one particular robin who seems to have no fear. Also my blueberry bushes are starting to bloom which means… blueberries this year!!!! How can I not be excited about that?

So I end this tiny chapter of my tiny blog on a good note.

Big Smiles,


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