Dinner Rolls

Since everything has high fructose corn syrup in it we have been making more from scratch, including dinner rolls. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have help; thank you Mr. Bread Machine.

These are pretty quick rolls to make, the most time spent is waiting for it to rise fully. So it’s best to start them about 2.5 to 3 hours ahead of dinner time. Once these are ready to sit to rise, you can make your main course, you have about 40 minutes. Easy, tasty, and high fructose corn syrup-free!

3 c. bread flour
3 tbsp. white sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. dry milk powder
1 c. warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 tbsp. butter, softened
1 1/4 tsp. (.25 packet) active dry yeast
1 egg white
2 tbsp. water

Add wet ingredients first then dry adding the yeast on top last. Put on dough cycle. Once done, lay on a floured area and cut into 12 equal pieces. Place the rounds into a round, lightly greased baking pan. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together the egg white and 2 tablespoons water; brush lightly onto the rolls. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown.

Remove from pan and let cool on rack for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Dinner Rolls

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

I was baking cupcakes and trying to find a good chocolate frosting recipe that didn’t taste like pure sugar. After a few unsuccessful attempts and a new craving for coconut cake, I found what had been missing. Cream Cheese! The coconut cake frosting I made had a cream cheese base and it dawned on me that’s what I should use for most frostings. A few weeks passed and I tried it, chocolate frosting with a cream cheese base. It called for half the amount of powdered sugar which was a good sign in itself. After it was made I put it in the fridge to harden, well when I pulled it out I thought I had screwed up because it was too hard. I mixed it up and it was perfect, the cream base combined with the coldness make it so easy to spread. Anyways, here she is!

100 chocolate wafers, melted (8 ounces)
6 ounces of Philly’s cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp. milk
2 c. powdered confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt chocolate; cool slightly. Blend in cheese and milk. Add sugar gradually. Stir in vanilla. Frosts two 8″ layers.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Cupcake

Easy Yellow Cake

My mom always made white cakes growing up and I never really liked them as much as yellow, no offense Liz. There is something about yellow cake with chocolate frosting that I just love. This is a good, basic yellow cake recipe great for layer cakes, sheet cakes and cupcakes.

2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick (8 tbsp.) unsalted butter, softened
1 c. sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. 2% milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Beat butter and sugar in mixer on medium-high until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Beat in one egg at a time then add vanilla and blend until thoroughly mixed, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture and milk alternatively ending with the flour mixture. Mix until the batter is smooth but be careful to not over mix.

Spread batter evenly into pans or cupcake holders and bake for 20-25 minutes. Put a toothpick in the middle to test, if it comes out clean – the cakes are done.

Set the pans on a cooling rack for a few minutes then completely transfers the cakes over to the cooling racks and let stand until cool.

Spread one of the many frostings on it and you are good to go!

I’ve Been a Bad Blogger

So it’s been quite some time since I’ve updated. In the past year we have been quite busy. I started coaching soccer for 7-10 year olds and the boys are becoming more involved in activities that we have to start planning meals out and even cooking them in advance. I’ve been using a lot of my favorite recipes as well as creating some new ones. Oddly I have been on a baking kick lately and have created some fabulous frostings!

I’ve also gotten some new gadgets for the kitchen I can’t wait to discuss. So let’s start, first up – a recipe and then the greatest knife ever.

Pot Roast w/ Mashed Potatoes

On Sundays when there is usually someone around the house, I will take advantage of this by throwing something in the Croc Pot or cooker all day long.

I like to cook Pot Roast slowly all day long so it’s moist and falls apart. In a roaster I will put in some water with minced garlic, salt, and pepper and just let the meat slowly cook all day long.

Serve it up with some mashed potatoes, bean and veggies and your family will be happy and full!

Pot Roast

For mashed potatoes, take the desired potatoes and peel them and cut into chunks. Place in boiling water and cook until they are very soft and almost fall apart when you put a fork through them. Once potatoes are done, drain and put back in pot. Mix milk and butter in then add garlic powder, salt and pepper. There you have it, easy mashed potatoes!

You can make gravy with the juice left over from the pot roast by mixing it with flour or corn starch. Make sure to mix it up well so there are no clumps.

Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

Magic Bars

While I make these mostly around the holidays, they are a perfect treat anytime.

1/2 c. margarine
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 can condensed sweetened milk (14 oz.)
1 1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 c. butterscotch morsels
1 1/3 c. flaked coconut
1 c. chopped nuts

If you do not have graham cracker crumbs handy, just take about a package and half of graham crackers and place them in a Ziploc bag. Seal then go over with rolling pin until all lumps are out, should be fine.

Add margarine and graham cracker crumbs in bowl and mix together well. Spray a 13×9″ pan and take crumb mixture and press onto bottom of pan. Pour milk over that then top evenly with remaining ingredients. Use a fork and press down the top firmly.

Bake for 25-30 minute on 325* degrees.

Magic Bars

*325 for glass pans, all others 350.

Dried Beef Dip

Simple, quicky, yummy!

1 1/2 c. sour cream
1 1/2 c. mayo
2 tbsp. parsley
2 tsp. dill seed
2 tbsp. diced onion
1 package of dried beef, cut into pieces
Bread for dipping – rye or breadbowl

Mix together well, refrigerate for one hour before serving.

You can hallow out a breadbowl and place the dip there and use the bread for dipping or cut up pieces of rye bread. Rye tastes quite good with this dip.

Dried Beef Dip

Reubens

Mmmmm…. sauerkraut.

reuben

Rye bread
Corned beef, sliced thin
Swiss cheese
Thousand Island dressing
Sauerkraut
Butter

Heat up griddle, put temperature around 300 degrees.

Butter one side of bread and lay butter side down on the griddle, then place Swiss cheese. Next spread desired amount of Thousand Island dressing and add meat then sauerkraut. Add the other slice of bread closing the sandwich and butter the outer side. Then just let grill on each side until bread is toasted and cheese is melted.

Reuben Grilling

Cut in half and serve with a pickle and chips, yummy!

Pasta Primavera

2 chicken breasts
1 Roma tomato
3 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 c. white wine
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
1 tbsp. basil
Salt & Pepper
1 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese

Boil chicken breasts in separate pan until done, then cut into chunks. In saucepan, combine garlic, cream, wine and spices and cook over low to medium heat. Once it begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and simmer. Slowly add cheese and continuously stir, then add in diced tomato. Mix in chicken and let simmer for three to five minutes.

Toss over some angel hair pasta and that’s it!

Pasta Primavera

Enchiladas

enchilada

Enchilada sauce
Taco meat
Jalapenos
1/2 brick pepper jack cheese
Mexican cheese – mixture of pepper jack, cheddar, colby
Tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Warm tortilla up and put in a couple spoonfuls of taco meat, then add two slices of cheese and desired amount of jalapenos. Fold up and place in greased glass baking pan.

Once you have all the enchiladas wrapped up and placed in the pan, pour the enchilada sauce over the top. Place the the rest of the pepper jack cheese on top of the enchiladas and add more jalapenos if you wish. Then sprinkle the Mexican cheese on top covering it up.

Enchiladas

Cook about 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.