Friday, August 28, 2015

Hot Pepper & Cheddar Dinner Rolls!

We had some new friends to dinner last night. Though we are "empty-nesters", we encouraged them to bring their four kids along with them. An hour prior to dinner, I drove my eldest grand-daughter to the fair to enter her crafts in the upcoming competition. On our ride home, we were chatting about the dinner and I invited her to join us in the meal. We called her home to get the "OK" from her mama, who thought Cana had invited herself. After assuring her that Cana did not, we got the go-ahead and proceeded to our house to finish meal preparations. Our company arrived promptly at 6pm, to Cana's delight. She and our other four little guests hit it off immediately. Before the evening ended, we had six children and four adults, enjoying a lovely and busy end-of-summer evening meal on the porch (Cana's sister, Corinne, didn't want to be left out of the festivities!).  You never know what kids will eat and what they won't.......however, there was one thing I was sure of - you can almost be sure that homemade bread will be popular with everyone at the table.
Though this bread had a little "twist", even the kids enjoyed it. Because of the children, you won't see a lot of peppers in the rolls I have pictured above. However, you can fix them "to taste" peppers were only mild-hot, might want  something with a little bit more burn! Feel free to experiment....and enjoy!!

Hot pepper Cheddar Dinner Rolls!
½ Cup, plus 2 Tbsp. (6 oz) warm milk
2 tsp. Red Star Platinum Yeast
2 ¼ Cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. shortening
1 Tbsp. sugar
¾ tsp. salt
1 Cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup chopped mild to hot fresh peppers
 1 egg, beaten (for brushing tops of rolls)
 Place warm water and yeast in EZ DOH bucket and stir to dissolve yeast. Let rest 1 minute. Add one cup of flour, then additional dough ingredients. EZ DOH-it for 2-3 minutes, or until dough is smooth and soft and all ingredients are incorporated. If dough is too sticky, add 1-2 Tbsp. flour. Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket with cooking spray, “smooth” dough and replace in bucket. Cover and let rise until doubled.
Remove the dough from the bucket and divide into 8 equal pieces. Shape into smooth balls. Place in a greased 8” cake pan, 7 rolls on the perimeter and 1 in the center. Cover and let rise till pan is full and rolls are puffy. Brush tops of rolls with beaten egg. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!!



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