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Garlic Dinner Rolls

This happened on accident.  Should I even admit that? 

I was making some pizza dough the other night for dinner (that blog post is soon to come. :D), and had some leftover dough. “Hmmm..what to do with this?”  I thought.  Well, how about make some garlic bread rolls?!  Brilliant!  I’ve always seen these rolls, the kind that have three cute little ‘puffs’ that some how come together while baking and just look..amazing. Yeah, that’s what I was going for.  These might not look like that, but boy..do they deliver in flavor! 😀

(This recipe is for pizza dough that I found here, which I also used for these rolls. Fantastic, favorite site that I just can’t stay away from. :D)

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups warm water
2 teaspoons instant yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

The How-To:
* In a large mixing bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), mix the water, yeast, sugar, honey and oil. (If using active dry yeast, increase the amount of yeast to 2 3/4 teaspoons and proof the yeast in the water until foamy before mixing in the sugar, honey and oil.) 

*Mix in 1 cup flour and the salt. Continue mixing in all the remaining flour until you get a nice, soft dough. Knead until dough is soft and smooth, about 10 minutes by hand or 5 minutes with a stand mixer.

*Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl and cover tightly (with a lid or plastic wrap).

***this is where I switch from making pizza dough, to garlic rolls**

*Let rise for about an hour

*Punch down dough.  Taking ‘pinch’ sized pieces (I just kind of tore a piece of dough and rolled it into a 1/2 tablespoon sized ball…if that makes sense.), and roll them into small balls.

*Place 3 balls in each well-greased muffin tin.

*Let rise for 30 minutes so they get nice and puffy looking. (think..marshmellow. Yes. Absolutely think that.) 

*Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350* or until golden brown.

*Rub the tops of the rolls with a little butter

*After baking, top with parmesan cheese for a little extra flavor. (And I know you like flavor. :D)

Wah-lah! Garlic dinner rolls. Perfect paired up with soup, salad, pizza, lasagna, anything, really.  You can omit the garlic or..if you’re an animal..use cinnamon and sugar! I dare you! 😀 Rawr!

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Raisin Cinnamon Swirl Bread


There really are no words to say how yummy this bread is.  I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time, but have been just a little..nervous. I mean, it’s bread. On the other hand..it’s raisin bread. 😀  So when my hubby came home one day and said that he needed to take some bread to a work lunch, I knew this is what I wanted to make.    I didn’t have a recipe for it though, so I went online and found this one  at  Allrecipes that I thought would work. Bingo!! It more then worked!! 4 loaves later, I can officially say this is my favorite bread to make.  Since my kids don’t like raisins, we left those out of 2 loaves..the result? Again..delicious! 😀  Light and airy with a hint of sweetness..this bread is sure to please.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

The How-To:
*Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.
*Dissolve yeast in warm water, and set aside until yeast is frothy. Mix in eggs, sugar, butter or margarine, salt, and raisins. Stir in cooled milk. Add the flour gradually to make a stiff dough.
*Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes. Place in a large, greased, mixing bowl, and turn to grease the surface of the dough. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled.
*Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle 1/2 inch thick. Moisten dough with 2 tablespoons milk. Mix together 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon, and sprinkle mixture on top of the moistened dough. Roll up tightly; the roll should be about 3 inches in diameter. Cut into thirds, and tuck under ends. Place loaves into well greased 9 x 5 inch pans. Lightly grease tops of loaves. Let rise again for 1 hour.
*Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until loaves are lightly browned and sound hollow when knocked. Remove loaves from pans, and brush with melted butter or margarine. Let cool before slicing.

**NOTE**
This recipe makes 2 loaves. Double the goodness! 🙂

YUM!!  Perfect as toast for breakfast, or for a little treat during the busy day.

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