Amish Country Bread

Amish Country Bread

It has been awhile since I have posted a bread recipe.  As a family of 3 we don’t go through a ton of bread in one sitting, so lots of my bread ends up in the freezer.  Then every so often I get in a “clean out the freezer” mode.  That is what has happened over the last month or so.  It is finally pretty empty, so I am back to making bread!

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Rosemary Focaccia

Rosemary Focaccia

Focaccia has always been one of my favorite types of bread.  I remember, probably 12 years ago making focaccia for the first time.  I had this big plan to make fancy sandwiches out of the bread on a weekend.  Amazingly enough the bread turned out, and I loved the sandwiches.  My husband and I were engaged at the time, so I think I had even more to prove.  I had to impress him!  Well, I use a different recipe now, but this bread is requested often.

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Pretzel Rolls

Pretzel Rolls – turn homemade pretzels into dinner rolls! Great for a side dish or use as a bun for hamburgers or sandwiches.

Pretzel Rolls - turn homemade pretzels into dinner rolls!  Great for a side dish or use as a bun for hamburgers or sandwiches.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and a great St. Patrick’s Day.  It was a great long weekend for us.  My husband took a half day on Friday, so we spent the afternoon at a museum and exploring parts of Denver.  On Saturday morning we stumbled upon a St. Patrick’s Day parade, which made for a fun activity.  Then, yesterday we went hiking.  It was the perfect weather for our 5+ mile hike in the foothills near Fort Collins. Today is back to real life….spring break is over :(

Real life, means I have to have a meal plan ready for the week.  Last week it included these pretzel rolls, they might have to be made again soon.  This recipe has been floating around Pinterest for awhile.  When I made Beer Cheese Soup, I knew these would pair perfectly with it.  A big soft pretzel with a cheddar soup?  Kind of a no brainer!  The whole family loved them.  I was a little nervous for my husbands reaction, because they are a little outside the box.  But he loved them.  He kind of hoarded them and made sure there were enough for each bowl of soup he was having leftover.  Plus, they were surprisingly easy!

Pretzel rolls are great for a side dish with out, but I also use them as hamburger buns sometimes!  Or shape them into longer pieces, and you can have a hot dog or brat bun.  Pretzel buns will definitely impress at your next barbecue.

Pretzel Rolls

Yields 8 rolls

Pretzel Rolls - turn homemade pretzels into dinner rolls! Great for a side dish or use as a bun for hamburgers or sandwiches.

20 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

2 hr, 10 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp active yeast
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbls butter, melted
  • ¼ cups baking soda
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Pretzel Salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Combine water, yeast, and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Let rest 5-10 minutes until foamy. Add flour, salt, and butter. Using the dough hook attachment, mix until well combined. Remove bowl from mixer, cover with towe. and let rise for about and hour, or until doubled in size. Punch down and turn onto floured surface. Cut the dough into 8 pieces. To shape the dough "take a piece of dough and start forming a round, smooth ball by pulling the sides to the center and pinching to seal. Place, pinched side down, on a counter and lightly cupping your hand around the dough ball, rotate your hand in small circles lightly rolling the ball around the palm of your hand." Place the ball on a lined baking sheet pinched seam side down, with at least 1” between each roll. Cover with a towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Slowly add the baking soda reduce heat to low. Place 2-3 of the rolls at a time in water, seam side down. Cook for 30 seconds, turn roll over, and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove, draining the water. Place back on sheet pan, seam side down. Repeat boiling the dough with the remaining rolls.
  3. Brush each roll with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with pretzel salt. Using a sharp knife, 2 slash marks in the top of each roll. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe from http://www.mylifeasamrs.com/2012/01/salted-pretzel-rolls.html

http://dinnersdishesanddesserts.com/pretzel-rolls/

 

English Muffins

What a great weekend!  My son has off from school today, so we are spending some extra time with our friends in the mountains.  The boys are loving the time to play together.  And how could I not be loving the time with one of my best friends, who I don’t get to see nearly enough of!  Tomorrow is back to school and back to normal.

Back to normal means English Muffins for breakfast.  I love English Muffins, and I eat them most days for breakfast.  Depending on my mood I put either Peanut Butter or Nutella on them.  Nutella on an English Muffin…..yum!  Nutella is made from nuts, so it has protein.  That means it is good for you, right?  I have seen English Muffins around the web for awhile now, but last week Kita and Pass the Sushi posted a recipe, and I just couldn’t wait any longer.

First of all, I had no idea how easy these would be.  There are a few steps involved with letting them rise a couple times.  But really, the  hands on time is very minimal.  When I make these again though, I will change the cooking method.  The original recipe calls for cooking them on a griddle.  It does a great job of getting them browned, but after they have some color I would finish them off in the oven.  It took a really long time to get them cooked all the way through on the griddle.

But trust me – you can make these!  Don’t fear the yeast!!

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