Thursday, November 20, 2014

Onion Buns!

Well, it's almost here......the true start of the holidays (even though the media tells us it all started before Halloween!)  My family is buzzing about who's bringing what to our Thanksgiving feast next week. There's always the "givens" - Grandma Jo and her green bean casserole (Short story here: one year as she was going up the steps to our door, Grandma missed a step and dropped the beans in a bush. After rescuing Grandma, my son quickly proceeded to the bush, fork in hand,  to rescue the beans that were dripping through the bush!); Kate and Chris bring the mashed taties; Megan bakes up a mean corn casserole; Hope brings an AMAZING dessert from the pastry shop she works at; Dave and I have our annual "Battle of the Turkeys" - I do a turkey in the oven and he does one on the grill, then everyone votes whose is best (Dave's turkey always wins!) . Of course, I'm up early enough to get rolls baked before the turkey goes in....and those rolls HAVE to be oatmeal rolls (see the recipe on this blog). However, I was at card club this week, where we always have dinner together and I always bring the bread.  I took these onion buns and the girls loved them - one friend (who adores the "Every Thanksgiving's Oatmeal Rolls) commented that she liked these as well as, or better than, the oatmeal rolls! High praise there! It would be heresy for me to change things up at our Thanksgiving table, but if you're looking for a tasty roll recipe for YOUR table, here's a good, simple one! 

Before I give you the recipe, I want to leave you with a little "thankful" prayer/song I wrote many years ago as I was contemplating my blessings: 

Thank You, Lord, for the harvest - Thank You, Lord, for the feast 
For Your love that has no measure, For Your joy that does not cease, 
For Your mercy that is boundless, For Your grace that has no end,
For the privilege and treasure of calling You our Friend! 

May your heart be filled with thanksgiving as you plan, and enjoy, your celebration! 

Onion Buns
  ½  Cup boiling water
1 envelope (1oz. pkg)  onion soup mix
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Cup warm water
1 Tbsp/packet Red Star Platinum Yeast
1 Tbsp. sugar
3 ½ - 4 Cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Mix first three ingredients together in a bowl. Whisk to dissolve soup mix and melt butter. Let cool til warm.
Place the 1 cup of warm water and  the yeast in EZ DOH bucket and stir to dissolve yeast. Let rest 1 minute. Add one cup of flour, then additional dough ingredients, including the cooled onion soup mixture. EZ DOH-it for 2-3 minutes, or until dough is smooth and soft and all ingredients are incorporated. Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket with cooking spray, “smooth” dough and replace in bucket. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Punch the dough down and divide into 12 equal pieces. Place in a greased 7x12” rectangular pan. Cover and let rise until they have “filled” the pan (or close to it). Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Brush tops lightly with butter. ENJOY!! 


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