Monday, October 14, 2019

Honey yeast rolls

Mix in bottom of stand mixer bow:
  • 1 cup warm tap water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
 Let proof (get big and frothy) for a few minutes

beat together:
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg 
add egg, salt and butter in with yeast mixture, mix 
  •   2 tablespoon softened butter

Start adding bread flour, 1 cup at a time.      You want a dough that is not sticky.   
  • 3 to 4 cups bread flour

Let stand mixer knead for about 10 minutes.     Let stand for a couple minutes, then turn on for a few seconds to beat down. 

Meanwhile grease the bottom of two 8" square pans  (or one 13 x 9 or two pie plates).     Divide dough into 18 balls, 9 per pan.     Preheat oven to 400.   Cover with a warm towel and allow to proof for 20-30 minutes.   

Brush top of each roll with a bit of cream mixed with honey.   

Bake for about 12 minutes, until lightly brown on top.   

Serve with bean and bacon soup (or any other yummy, warm dinner!) 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Deepest Darkest Chocolate Pudding

 When only the chocolatiest will do ..

First prep 12 ounces of dark chocolate - break into small pieces or coarsely chop.    I used 85% dark from Aldi.  

Lightly whisk together in a large pot (I use my 7 qt dutch oven):

3 cups white sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup corn starch

Mix in:

12 egg yolks
1/2 gallon (8 cups) whole milk

Slowly heat on stove, stirring almost constantly until it starts to thicken.   This will take 12-15 minutes.     When it starts to thicken turn off the heat, still stirring.      


2 Tablespoons vanilla
prepared 12 ounces of dark chocolate

Mix chocolate into pudding mixture and let it sit a minute, then whisk until combined.   

Add in:

1 stick butter, cut into 8-10 pieces.     Whisk until smooth and shiny.  

Scoop pudding into cups - I ended up with 38 servings.    This also works well as a pie filling for chocolate pie.   

Serve garnished with whipped cream and a raspberry if you wanna get fancy!