Saturday, December 10, 2011

Leslie's No Bake Cookies

These cookies are amazing! This recipe nails it. Its the stuff of dreams.....

- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 tablespoon cocoa
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 cups quick oats

Mix the first four ingredients, bring to a boil.
Remove from heat.
Add salt, vanilla, peanut butter. Stir till PB melts.
Add Oats
Scoop by spoon-fulls and drop on sprayed wax paper.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Amber's Thanksgiving Rolls

1 ¼ ounce packet active dry yeast or 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast (I use Saf-instant yeast in 1 lb pkg)
½ cup sugar
7 ½ to 8 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting (I use King Arthur unbleached all purpose)
12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus softened butter for brushing
2 cups whole milk, at room temperature
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling

Place the yeast in ½ cup warm water(almost as warm as a warm bath) with 1 tablespoon sugar added . Let sit until
it bubbles and froths slightly. Set aside.

In mixer with a dough hook attachment:
Mix melted butter and milk at low speed. Add the eggs and mix until blended. Scrape the yeast mixture into
mixing bowl and mix until incorporated. Add ½ cup sugar, 7 cups of flour and 1 tablespoon of salt; mix until the
dough forms a ball, 2 to 3 minutes, adding up to ½ cup to 1 cup more flour if the dough is too wet and sticky.

Brush a large bowl with softened butter. Transfer the dough to the bowl, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm
place for 2 – 2 ½ hours until dough doubles in volume.

Preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust with flour a clean flat surface or use a
non-stick silicone mat and turn the dough out onto it. Flour your hands; gently press the dough into a 16 by 8 inch
(or larger) rectangle, about ½ to ¾ inch thick. Don’t use a rolling pin.

With the long side of the dough in front of you, cut the dough lengthwise two times with a floured knife or pizza
cutter. You will nowhave 3 strips of dough. Don’t separate the long strips but cut the strips into 12 equal parts –
you will end up with 36 rolls.


To form rolls, pick up each roll, fold the roll unevenly in half so the top part slightly overlaps the bottom half, then
tuck the overhang underneath. Place the rolls seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet in 3 tightly packed
rolls. (If making in advance, wrap the baking sheet tightly in plastic wrap and freeze up to 3 weeks.

Bake (at 375)until the rolls are bursting at the seams and golden brown – 18 to 20 minutes. (If frozen, bake 25
minutes at 325 then 10 minutes at 375.) Remove from the oven and brush with softened butter. Sprinkle with
kosher salt and serve immediately.