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  • February23rd


    I have a long history of making crummy rolls–more tough than tender and more heavy than heavenly.  Thankfully, with a little help from a couple friends who are expert roll makers, I’ve improved (but not yet perfected) my skills over the last few months. It also doesn’t hurt that we are blessed to have a French-trained chef that goes to our church, and he has generously shared his wheat bread recipe with us. My friend, Megan, has adapted the bread recipe into a roll recipe, and it has risen to the top of my all-time favorite foods list.

    A word of warning: I’m a fairly disciplined person–I can have a candy dish full of chocolate and not gorge myself. But, I kid you not, these rolls are to-die-for straight out of the oven and I have been known to eat 3 or more (I won’t divulge how many more) in rapid succession. I even forgot the shortening in the batch I made this morning, and they are still delectable.

    Proceed with caution.

    C’est Bon European Cafe Wheat Bread — Adapted for rolls
    Recipe Type: Bread
    Author: Greg Miller
    Prep time: 2 hours
    Cook time: 7 mins
    Total time: 2 hours 7 mins
    Serves: 30
    World’s Best Rolls!
    • 3 pkgs. dry yeast (2 1/4 T. or so)
    • 2 1/2 c. warm water
    • 1/2 c. honey
    • 3 T. sugar
    • 4 c. white flour
    • 1/2 T. salt
    • 1/2 c. honey
    • 3 T. shortening (not oil)
    • 3/4 c. warm water
    • approx. 5 cups wheat flour
    1. Mix the first four ingredients–yeast, warm water, honey, sugar– in a bowl.
    2. Add the white flour.
    3. Mix approx. 1 minute–will result in a pancake-like batter.
    4. Cover the bowl and let rise until double in volume, about 1/2 – 1 hour
    5. Add salt,honey, shortening and warm water
    6. Mix well
    7. Add wheat flour–enough so that dough pulls away from the bowl and can be handled without sticking. Error on the side of sticky dough to avoid heavy rolls.
    8. Mix with dough hook for 10 minutes.
    9. Lightly spray 3 cookie sheets w/ cooking spray.
    10. Divide dough into 3 equal portions using a dough cutter. Apparently, you’re not supposed to tear bread/roll dough; you’re supposed to “cut” it w/ a blunt dough cutter. Keep the dough lumps that you’re not using yet covered w/ a cloth so that it doesn’t dry out.
    11. Using a dough cutter, cut off a small hunk of dough and form it into a dough ball, pulling the top of ball down from the top and pinching it underneath so that you have a smooth top. You can dust a little flour on the hunk of dough if it is a little sticky, but don’t over do it because it will make your rolls dry and tough.
    12. Place on cookie sheet. I get 20 small rolls from each 1/3 portion (60 rolls total). I fit 20 on each cookie sheet, 4 wide, 5 long. When one cookie sheet is full, cover with a dish towel and set in a warm place to rise.
    13. Repeat until all the dough has been formed into rolls.
    14. Bake at 350 degrees (convection oven) for 6 1/2 minutes.
    15. Remove from oven, brush w/ butter.
    16. Indulge.

    • October6th

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      I tried a new recipe last night, and it is definitely one that will go in my book of favorites.  (Thanks, Mom!)

      Honey Orange Chicken
      Recipe Type: Main
      Author: Taste of Home
      Prep time: 20 mins
      Cook time: 20 mins
      Total time: 40 mins
      Serves: 8
      Yummy chicken, pasta dish that is a cinch to prepare.
      • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts cut into 1/2″ strips
      • 3 Tbl. butter
      • 1 tsp. salt
      • 1/2 tsp. paprika
      • 1/4 tsp. pepper
      • 1 medium onion, sliced (I cut it in half from end to end and then cut it into slices)
      • 1 Tbl. cornstarch
      • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
      • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
      • 1 c. orange juice
      • 1/4 c. honey
      • 1/2 c. pitted ripe olives, halved
      • Hot cooked linguine
      1. In a large skillet, saute chicken in 2 Tbl. butter until chicken juices run clear.
      2. Sprinkle with salt, paprika, & papper.
      3. Remove and keep warm.
      4. In the same pan, saute the onion in remaining butter until tender.
      5. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, ginger, nutmeg, orange juice, & honey; gradually pour over onion.
      6. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 min. or until thickened.
      7. Add olives and chicken.
      8. Simmer, uncovered for 5 min. or until chicken is heated through.
      9. Serve with linguine.

      I used 4 frozen breasts from Costco, 1 lb. uncooked linguine, 1 can of olives, and I tripled the sauce (because I didn’t realize how much 1 lb. of linguine cooked up to be! 🙂 It could have used more chicken and olives, but it was still SUPER good! And made a lot of leftovers. In fact, I think I’ll go eat some for breakfast.