Thursday, December 1, 2016

Simple Salt and Pepper Rolls!

I imagine you are all in full holiday swing, now that the Thanksgiving holiday has passed - I pray you had as joyous a Thanksgiving as we did! I have included a pic of our little celebration - this is "my crew!"  Did anyone make the "Every Thanksgiving's Oatmeal Rolls" (see my blog from two weeks ago) ?!! For our table of fourteen, I made three dozen of them....that way, I was fairly certain there would be NO complaints that there weren't enough rolls! 

The following Wednesday, we hosted a much smaller dinner with the leadership of our church. The meal was simple, but the fellowship we shared was wonderful. We spent the evening laughing and talking, looking at the past year and planning for the coming one. For this meal, there were no oatmeal rolls.....however, I did try these "salt and pepper rolls" and found them to be FABULOUS! Super-light, with a very slight crunch to the base, we all enjoyed them. There were sixteen rolls for six of us....and the next day they were gone! I got to send a few home with our guests, so hopefully the good memories of the evening lasted through the leftovers! 

Here's hoping your holidays are filled with much "memory-making" with those you are close to. Let these rolls help you make some memories - they are wonderful and beautiful to serve at a holiday table!   

Simple Salt & Pepper Rolls!

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 3/4 c. flour

For pan:
2 Tbsp. olive oil

For topping:
Coarse kosher salt
Coarse pepper
Small amount of additional olive oil

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. Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket with cooking spray, “smooth” dough and replace in bucket. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Remove dough from bucket and divide into 16 equal pieces. Prepare a 9x9 baking pan/dish by lightly spraying with cooking spray, then placing 2 Tbsp. of olive oil in pan, swirling around to cover the bottom of the pan. Shape each piece of dough into a roll and place in the pan, turning to cover the top and bottom of the roll with the oil (you should have 4 rows of 4 rolls). Let rise until the rolls fill the pan. Preheat oven to 350.  Sprinkle the tops of the rolls with the salt and pepper and place the risen rolls in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from pan and let cool on rack. When rolls are taken from the oven, brush them lightly with additional olive oil (be sure to brush lightly, as you don’t want to knock the pepper and salt off the rolls!) Best enjoyed the day of baking.

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