Friday, September 4, 2015

Peanut Butter Sweet Rolls !

Early September marks a very bittersweet anniversary for our
household. Ten years ago, my sweet, tenacious, intelligent, loving mother passed away. It was such a strange time - Hurricane Katrina was all over the news, so there wasn't much "good news" to view during her last days; I was battling breast cancer as I cared for her, so I knew that probably made her heart heavy, too. In six weeks time, cancer had taken her from a beautiful, vibrant 73-year old woman to a quiet, bed-ridden soul who was ready to meet her Lord.
We have soooo many memories of this lovely lady - the beautiful soprano voice that would sing a bedtime lullaby to my brother and me at bedtime; the amazing cook who baked up delicious formal dinners every Sunday night; the insightful first grade teacher who influenced so many young lives; the grandma who didn't mind being called "Ooooah", since that's what the grandbabies named her; the talented artisan who reveled in being known as "the antique hooker" (she hooked rugs- LOL!) ; the wise parent who was always had nuggets of gold to share as I raised my own kiddos......she was just quite a lady, all the way around. 
So this week's blog is just a sweet little tribute in memory of my mom....... A sweet roll recipe in memory of a sweet, sweet lady!  I hope you'll savor the sweet things in life this week!
Peanut Butter Sweet Rolls!
1 Tbsp/Packet Red Star Platinum Yeast
¾ Cup milk , warmed (not hot)
1/3 Cup sugar
3 Tbsp. softened butter
½ tsp. salt
1 egg
2 ½ + Cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/3 Cup peanut butter
½ Cup brown sugar
If desired: mini chocolate chips
1 Cup powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
2 Tbsp. milk
 Place warm milk 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. Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket with cooking spray, “smooth” dough and replace in bucket. Cover and let rise until doubled. Stir together filling ingredients.
Remove dough from the bucket and roll out into a rectangle, about 12x9”. Spread with peanut butter filling ingredients. If desired, sprinkle with chocolate chips or chopped peanuts. Roll up tightly from the long side. Slice into 9 equal-sized rolls and place in a 9” greased round pan. Cover and let rise. (I like to cover with plastic wrap and place in the frig. They will rise overnight and you can bake them in the morning) . When risen, bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Mix the frosting ingredients thoroughly, adding powdered sugar if too thin. Frost rolls while warm. 

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