2012
Nov 19

Bread Rolls for Beginners

by Hannah Holt »

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If you’re new to baking, making rolls can seem intimidating. How many times should the dough rise? How long do I mix it? What the heck is yeast?

Today, I’m going to break roll baking down into little bite size steps. Plus, I’m going to give you a recipe that will knock the socks of your mother-in-law (even if she’s the nylon wearing kind). So buckle up. Here we go!

First, let’s tame the yeast beast by giving it a name. There are a million different kinds of yeast. The good news is you only need one kind for this recipe: FLEISCHMANN’s ACTIVE DRY YEAST. It comes in a brown bottle or in packets. Either will work. You just need at least 1 Tablespoon’s worth (just over one packet). Now there are other brands of yeast that will work, but I promised you bite-sized steps. Get Fleischmann’s. (Note: Don’t accidentally grab the “RapidRise.”)

Next, you’ll need to “wake up” the yeast. You do this by placing the yeast in a small bowl with half a cup of lukewarm water. Give it a stir. Placing the yeast in the water softens it and gets it ready to rise.

The rest of the written instructions and the recipe are listed near the end of this post, but you can watch the entire process of making roll dough here:

After you let the dough rise for 40-60 minutes, it’s time to shape them. Here are a few ways you can shape the dough:

After rising the second time, the rolls are ready to bake. Place them in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until the tops turn golden brown.

Yummy, yummy! Take them out of the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. Make sure the rolls are fully cooled before storing or they will sweat inside their container. You don’t want sweaty rolls. Yuck.

Fresh rolls are best when served within 12-24 hours (or freeze them for later).

And here’s the recipe:

White Bread Rolls

  • ½ cups luke warm water
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • ½ cups unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • ½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Put yeast in ½ c. lukewarm water, stir, and set aside.

  2. Mix 2 cups warm milk, butter, salt and sugar. Stir. Add beaten eggs and softened yeast. Stir.

  3. Add flour cup by cup to liquid mixture. The dough will become too thick to mix with a spoon after six cups of flour. Knead another 1.5 cups in by hand (or with a bread hook). You will probably not use the full eight cups of flour. (I like to have the extra half cup of flour to keep my kneading surface covered with flour.) Knead the dough for two minutes. The dough will be soft and sticky.

  4. Turn the dough into a large greased bowl (1/4 cup vegetable oil swirled around will grease it) and let rise until double (about 1 hour).

  5. Turn out on lightly floured surface and shape as desired. Cover and let shaped rolls rise another 50 minutes.

  6. Bake on greased baking sheet or in greased muffin pans in 350° oven for 15-20 minutes.

If you’re feeling up to an extra challenge, try splitting the recipe and make half white/half whole wheat molasses (molasses instead of sugar). Then I twisted the two roll doughs into kaiser rolls, like this:

Roll dough is like play-doh for adults. Happy roll making!


2012
Nov 14

Turkey Craft

by Hannah Holt »

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My kids and I experimented yesterday to see if we could turn a few common items into a turkey craft. These were our favorites.

The tissue roll turkey:

The roadside gravel painted rock turkey:

The fallen leaf turkeys:

What else can you turn into a turkey?

It’s almost Thanksgiving in the United States. Here are a few other activities to keep your little ones busy this holiday season.

The Thanksgiving Activity Book I put together last year was quite popular. Here it is for anyone who missed it or would like it again:

Also here are nine easy Thanksgiving crafts.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


2011
Nov 21

Grateful

by Hannah Holt »

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My (somewhat silly) Thanksgiving tribute to two things I feel especially thankful for this year: music and babies.


2011
Nov 15

Nine Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

by Hannah Holt »

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Click on the picture (or description below) for instructions.

  1. Painted Plymouth Rocks
  2. Hand Turkeys
  3. Pilgrim Hats
  4. Pine-cone Turkeys
  5. Pilgrim Puppets
  6. Clothespin Turkeys
  7. Paper-leaf Napkin Rings
  8. Tepee Lantern Centerpieces
  9. Bubble-wrap Indian Corn


2011
Nov 08

Thanksgiving Activity Book

by Hannah Holt »

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Nine pages of coloring, games, and fun… Take it on your Thanksgiving road trip, or use it to entertain the munchkins in your predinner crowd. To download click here (2MB pdf file).

Happy Thanksgiving!

Also if you are looking for more tricks and tips for surviving holiday travel with little ones, check out Momsicle’s advice here.