Monday, December 3, 2012

Lion House Rolls

I made these with my brother-in-law in mind.

Yesterday my sweetie and I started a new holiday. We're calling it Thanksgiving Redux. I had never thought to redo Thanksgiving before because, well, I think that's not very thankful. We go to Charlotte for a day trip every year and I bring desserts. We had a nice visit with every one, but my brother-in-law couldn't make it. He wasn't feeling well. He's a cancer survivor, but now he's going through health problems that are related to the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. He's only 37. 

Also, my father-in-law fucked up our turkey.

Hence, Thanksgiving Redux 2012!

I decided to make a bone-in turkey breast using a brine. I've never done a brine before and was really excited to see just how moist the turkey would be. We had turkey last year that was in a brine also, but I just had to try it for myself. I bought brine from Williams Sonoma and followed the directions. I also roasted it in one of those roasting bags by Reynolds.

I also made Green Bean Casserole from Stella B's Kitchen. This side dish was my choice. Great recipe!! You should hop on over to her blog to copy it!

My sweetie requested Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. I found the recipe on pinterest. Another good recipe. Potatoes + Garlic = Heaven. This reminds me that I could really use a food mill or potato ricer for Christmas. Hint. Hint, Honey. 

Instead of taking a side dish request from my brother-in-law, I decided to go with some homemade rolls. I've pinned many bread recipes on pinterest and thought it's time to break out the yeast and tackle one.

  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 egg
  • 5-6 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in water. Add a little bit of that sugar to feed the yeast. Let it proof for about seven minutes. Add all ingredients except 3-4 cups of flour in a stand mixer. Mix with the dough hook until smooth. Gradually add the remaining flour. Don't knead. (Mix for about 30 seconds after last cup of flour.) Place dough in a greased glass bowl, cover with a towel or plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled, about an hour. 

Punch down dough. Flour a surface and dump dough onto it. Divide dough into two equal sections. Roll each section into a circle (about 16 inches in diameter) and cut each circle into 12 slices (like a pizza). Roll each slice from biggest end to smallest end (like a croissant), and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise another hour.  Make the honey butter.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Baste with honey butter immediately!

Honey Butter
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup honey
Whip butter add vanilla. Gradually whip in honey until light and fluffy. Makes 1 cup.

My brother-in-law was a no-show to dinner last night, but we did bring him lots of leftovers today. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!