Friday, November 11, 2011

Texas Roadhouse Rolls and Honey butter!

I found this recipe here and had to try it.  I couldn't figure out to print it from her blog or easily copy and paste it so I posted the whole recipe here (and some of my method as well) so it should be easy to print out.  All I can say it this is good!  I don't really make bread or rolls because they often turn out a little hard and not so good but this one was easy and turned out really well.  Also check out the link because she has a lot of really good recipes I can't wait to try.

Texas Roadhouse rolls
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
6-8 cups flour
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2  eggs
2 tsp salt

1.Activate yeast in warm water with a tsp. of sugar.

2.While yeast is activating, scald milk and cool to lukewarm

3.Once yeast has doubled in volume, add yeast, sugar, and milk to a large bowl and enough flour to make a medium batter about the consistency of pancake batter.

4.Beat thoroughly. Let stand alone until light and fluffy

5. Add melted butter (which has been cooled), eggs, and salt. Beat well.

6Add enough flour to make flour to form soft dough Sprinkle small amount of flour on counter and set down on it to rest. Meanwhile, clean out the bowl and grease clean surface down with crisco. Place dough in bowl and flip over to grease the top as well. Knead dough until smooth and satiny Cover and let rise in a warm area until double in size Once double in size punch down. Turn out on floured board. Divide into portions for shaping and let rest for 10 minutes

7.Once dough has raised, shape dough into desired forms. Place on greased baking sheets and let rise until doubled Bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes

* made my dough in the bread maker because I was lazy and in a hurry.  I don't necessarily recommend my method but it did turn out really yummy!  I followed the same directions above until step 4.  I started the dough option on my bread machine and let it start mixing it.  Then continued on to step 5 and added about 6 cups of flour.  I then started the dough option over again to mix it better.  When I came back from church about 3 hours later it was pushing my lid open a little bit.  I pulled it out and put it in a bowl and covered until we were ready to use it.  (about 15 minutes)  I then followed step 7.
Like I said those of you that bake bread are probably cringing that I would do this but remember was was in a hurry (yes and lazy).

Honey butter
You have to make this!  It makes a lot but keeps well.  We've been using it on our toast for the last week.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. cinnamon

Blend all ingredients together at room temperature. Spread on rolls

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2x4 Pumpkins

We had a craft night at church a few weeks ago and this is one of the projects I decided to do.  It was really easy!  The wood was cut to  8", 6", and 3.5" (but you could do any size).  Just paint, Then hot glue a branch to the top for a stem and some moss to cover up the extra hot glue.