Friday, August 23, 2013

Dutch Crunch Rolls - Deliciously Different!

I can't believe I can say this, but I've belonged to a card club for over 20 years! I always thought card clubs were for old ladies.....and I sure don't feel old! The club has changed over the years - friends move, families or jobs require more time, so people have come and gone.....I've even thought about dropping out a time or two myself. After all, these aren't the girls I spend LOTS of time with....we all live very different lives - our kids have gone to different schools, we go to different churches, we live in different neighborhoods, some of us work, some of us don't.......but those are all reasons that keep me IN the club. It's been so good to develop relationships outside of my regular little "circle". "Different" can be good......

Last time I hosted card club, I served these deliciously different rolls.....

Dutch Crunch Rolls 


1 Tbsp./packet Red Star Platinum yeast 
1 1/4 C. milk, warmed
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. veg. oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/4 unbleached all-purpose flour or bread flour, using more or less as needed.

2 Tbsp. inst. Yeast
1 C. warm water
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. veg. oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. rice flour

BASIC INSTRUCTIONS: “EZ DOH” roll ingredients. Follow basic EZ DOH instructions and let rise till doubled. Remove from bucket and divide into 12 equal pieces. Shape each into ball and place on greased baking sheet. Following shaping of rolls, stir topping ingredients together till spreadable. Let stand 15 min.. Coat each roll with thick layer of topping. Let stand 15 min. Bake at 375 for 25-30 min until browned Let cool completely on wire rack.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Blueberry Roll-Ups with Lemon Glaze

"Blueberries! Blueberries! Blueberries! Blueberries!"Those four words are actually the words to a little song I sing with the grandkids as we make our way to the little Perkins' blueberry patch. Picking those blueberries is one of the highlights of every summer. This year there were TONS of berries and it seemed as though we picked forever. For those blueberries that didn't get eaten straight from the bush, this is an amazingly tasty recipe.

2 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tbsp./pkg Red Star Platinum yeast 
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 Tbsp. softened butter
1 egg
1 and 1/2 cup frozen (unthawed) blueberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsps. Cornstarch
2 Tbsp. softened butter
Fresh Lemon Glaze
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 cup powdered sugar (or more)
1-2 Tablespoons milk
½ Tbsp. softened butter
Make the filling first: Combine the frozen blueberries, sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl. Gently toss  and let sit while you prepare the dough.
Make the dough: Place yeast in EZ DOH bucket. Add warm water and milk and dissolve yeast. Let sit 1-2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and EZ DOH-it till dough is kneaded . Remove dough from bucket – spray bucket with cooking spray and replace dough. Let rise till doubled, about ½ hour. Roll dough into a large rectangle (approx. 12x 17”) . Spread dough with 2 Tbsp. softened butter. Sprinkle with filling, spreading evenly. Roll dough up in jelly-roll fashion. Cut into 9-12 even-sized rolls. Place in greased baking pan (9” cake pan; 9x9” baking pan, etc. –whatever works!). Let rise till doubled (I often let my rolls rise in the frig overnight – Take them out of the frig approx. 1 hr. prior to baking to complete rise). Bake in 375 oven for 23-27 minutes, or until golden. Let cool slightly. Mix glaze ingredients, stirring well to incorporate butter. Brush lightly over warm rolls.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Orange Cream Cheese Rolls and Upside Down Days!

Upside down days - That's what my mom called days that she treated my kids to dessert first, then their meal. Of course, my kids LOVED upside-down days. Baskin-Robbins before a meal?!!! What's not to love? This recipe is sort-of like an upside-down day - Cheesecake for breakfast? Oh yes! 

Orange Cheesecake Rolls 

1 Tbsp or 1 packet Red Star Platinum yeast 
1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp. warm water
3/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp. warm milk
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Egg
1 1/2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2-4 Cups unbleached flour

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar                                    1/2 Tbsp. Orange juice concentrate
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Beat filling ingredients together and set aside.

2 Cups confectioners sugar
3 Tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. grated orange peel

Prepare bread ingredients according to the EZ DOH bucket instructions. After 1st rise, roll dough out on lightly floured surface into a 9x7” rectangle. Spread prepared filling onto rectangle to 1/2” of edges. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with long edge. Cut into 12 slices. Place in a greased 9X13” pan. Cover and let rise until doubled. Bake in a preheated 375 oven for 20-30 minutes, until golden. Combine glaze ingredients. Drizzle glaze over warm rolls. 


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