Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Now, I love my bread machine... it is my best buddy when it comes to these rolls. It makes them perfectly. I only use the dough setting on my machine. If you don't have a bread machine I know what you need for Christmas. THIS!!! My husband bought me this machine back in 2011 and it is still going strong. I LOVE it. I use it all the time. It is up there with my Kitchenaid and my griddle.
Ok, here is the break down for these rolls.. Warm up 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 of water. Then add 1 egg and 1/3 cup of melted butter, make sure your butter isn't too hot.
Form your rolls I like to do a nice circle. I pinch the top down on either side and it gives me a perfect little ball.
You can do this without a bread machine. Milk, water, and sugar.. add yeast wait till bubbly. Slowly add butter, egg, flour, and salt. Then mix in a kitchen aid for 4 minutes, let the dough rest for 5, then mix again until the mixture is beautiful and elastic. For some reason though mine always turn out better from the machine.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Lets get started shall we?
Next pull out your orange zest a full orange into the cranberries, then I cut mine in half and squeezed all the juice into the mixture.
I don't mind having a few berries left in mine but you can pulse it with a submersion blender if you want it completely smooth. let it cool when you are done and put it in the fridge till that beautiful bird is ready!!
Monday, November 20, 2017
Another bonus about smoking your turkey, it opens up your oven for all the other delicious food. I didn't have to worry about Turkey being cold while I cook stuffing or sweet potatoes. It is amazing. If you need a smoker.. I like this one.
The first thing I learned I learned this year... BRINING IS A BIG DEAL. I have tried dried brine before and meh. It helped with flavor a bit but doing a true salt water brine is the way to go in my personal opinion.
1 cup of kosher salt
7 cloves of garlic
small palm full of whole peppercorns
cooler outside with a bag of ice. Make sure it stays cool around 40 degrees the whole time. It needs to be in there for 24 hours. About half way through I flipped the Turkey over so that it was evenly brined.
After that, I took out the turkey and patted it dry with paper towels. I let it sit out for another 1/2 hour or so, so it was completely dry. I then took some softened butter and mixed it with Sage, rosemary, garlic powder, and pepper. I did a rough chop on the fresh herbs. Then I handed it over to my husband to smoosh it all together.
To do this gently rub your hand back and forth and break all of the membranes, I did this even down the legs. Once the butter is ready I took finger fulls of it and put it all around inside the skin and inside the cavity of the bird. then I placed it on top here and there and rubbed it all around. I also put one more sprig of rosemary and sage inside the bird with a lemon halved.
Traeger (which is on sale right now!
My husband is always the one to pick out what flavor of pellets we use. He decided apple this time around but I think pecan would be yummy too. If you need pellets you can get them here.
We started it with the lid open on smoke for 5 minutes, then closed the lid and set it for 375. Put it in when it is to heat. We cooked it for 3.5 hours internal temp needs to be 165 degrees F.
I had to take out the roasting rack out to the pan to make it fit. when it comes out let it rest for 20 minutes then enjoy that goodness!! I used the pan drippings for yummy gravy too!!!
Don't worry homemade cranberry sauce recipe will be up soon!!
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and these are the perfect rolls to celebrate. I found the recipe on handletheheat.com. I made them for about 3 years as they directed but this year I noticed they were coming out drier than I liked so I revamped that recipe a little bit to make it more to my liking.
These do contain pumpkin puree. However, they don't have a strong pumpkin taste at all. The pumpkin really just adds color and a hint of pumpkin. What makes these rolls amazing is the butter that goes with them. Try them out and let me know what you think!!!
To get started take 1 cup of milk and scald it.
Now that the yeast is ready it is time for the good part. Add in your 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree, I like to use the canned stuff but you can also make your own, 1 egg, and 1 tsp. of salt. After you have those things mixed I like to put in 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour slowly. Mix it in a kitchenaid for 2 minutes, then let the dough rest for 5. Then turn it back on for 4 minutes. I like my dough to look like this. It is a little sticky and very smooth. Notice that it is pulled away from the sides.
For the next step spray a bowl with non-stick spray and cover the dough. I like to cover mine with a bag. I find that it gets a better rise and doesn't get a skin on the surface of the dough. I also like the bag over handy wrap because it gives the dough more space.
Now that it is all double and poof lets make some pumpkins! I like to take about a palm full and I gently roll it around and around until it is smooth
I like to cover them after they are all cut with two bags this time! let them rise again for at least 1/2 hr. I think on this batch I did 45 minutes. Then take another egg and brush the top of your rolls. This will give them the beautiful browned look and so adorable!!!
Heat up your oven to 350 degrees F. and bake them for 15 minutes. I really hate over cooked rolls so check them if your oven runs hot.
Grab out your hand mixer and get that soften butter whipped! After it is is whipped creamy add 1/4 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon. Now it is all ready for when those lovely rolls come out!!
When the rolls are done let them sit for at least 2 minutes then you can add the stem.
For my stems I used large pretzels. I think they work great if you are going to serve them immediately... however, if you let them sit with the pretzel over night, the pretzel sucks all of the moisture out of the roll and makes them dry!!! So... I recommend a nut, pecans, instead if you are going to serve them the next day. Or simply take the pretzel out of the uneaten ones for storage. Dry rolls are yucky to me!!!
I just cut the pretzels in half and gently pushed them in. I like to break the surface of the roll so that they don't get smashed.
Then ta-dah!!! you have amazing rolls that everyone
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
This is the easiest homemade soup you will ever make. My kids gobble this up! It is an amazing fall time soup that only takes 30 minutes or less to make. I love quick dinners on crazy school nights.
This is the best soup with bacon, cheese, and bread to garnish. I even cheat sometimes and throw the bacon in the oven while I cook the soup. Gotta love multi tasking. To do that start with a cold oven and put the bacon on a broiler pan. Put that in the oven on 400 degrees and let them cook for about 20 minutes I like it crispy so I can just crumble it over the soup.. yummy. Any who! Lets get down to the soup!
submersion blender or you can VERY CAREFULLY!! Pour it in a blender. If you are using the submersion blender I like to turn off the heat while I blend it. I like it with a few little chunks in it but you can blend it till it is perfectly smooth. Then add in the seasoning salt, paprika, (cayenne pepper if you want it) salt, and pepper. Then I put in the cream cheese on a low heat. Then just stir, and stir, then stir some more till the cream cheese is all the way melted. You might want to check on that bacon right now.
Really, it is that easy and it is ready to eat!!! Add in your bacon, cheese, and more cayenne if you like to feel the burn. Do you need a submersion blender check out this one!
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Then just add baking soda, flour, and salt. once again mix! Then I like to add the buttermilk, bananas, and nuts. You can mash the bananas in a bowl beforehand but mine were soooo soft we just threw them in and let the mixer do the work!
For the nuts I like to use pecans but walnut will work too. You can toast them in the oven for a few minutes if you want to be an over-achiever but I like to use mine right out of the bag.
Mix those nuts into the mixture last.
Turn on your oven to 350 at this point and pull out the lovely mini muffin pan I like this one!
Then throw this bad boy in the oven for about 20 minutes. You will know when they are done by the top with start cracking just a bit. You can use a toothpick to check them but they have a tenancy to deflate if you do that too much so I like to just look at them and they should look like this!!!