I have made 144 yeast rolls today, white and wheat. Thank goodness for a kneader on my mixer! I have been teaching my little cook T how to make them and she is getting pretty good at it. I always like to make extras as everyone likes to take a few home. I also have been teaching my sister and SIL this week and theirs came out good too. Making yeast rolls has just a feel to it that you develop over time. Like how much flour to add and how much kneading needs to be done, you just know after a while.
Potato Refrigerator Rolls
1 package active dry yeast
1 & 1/2 cups warm water (105-115*)
2/3 cup sugar
1 & 1/2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup shortening
1 cup lukewarm mashed potatoes ( I use instant and it's just as good)
7 to 7 & 1/2 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in sugar, salt, shortening, eggs, potato and 4 cups of the flour.
Beat until smooth. Mix in enough of the remaining flour so make dough easy to handle.
Knead for about five minutes until smooth and elastic.
Place in a greased bowl and grease top of dough.
Cover bowl tightly and refrigerate for 8 hours minimum.
At this point dough can be kept up to 5 days in the refrigerator, keep covered.
Punch dough down and make into rolls. Let rise until about double in size. Heat oven to 400* and bake rolls for 15-25 minutes. Check one in the center by lifting top to see if it is cooked or still doughy, if doughy bake until it's not.
These are delicious and have a dense texture which is to die for!
Funsize and I went up to the stable last night to check on the boys. We put Nick's heavier blanket on him as we have been having some colder weather. It was -4* yesterday morning! The ponies are so fuzzy they look like teddy bears, no blanket needs for them! We always take cut up apples and carrots for them which they love.
Still don't know what is living in my barn. I think it is the small black kitten that started coming around when we were in Florida but haven't seen him for a couple of weeks since the last time I saw him going in the barn. I take food out each day and try to see who is eating it but no luck yet. I put flour down around the dish to see if I could see some tracks but that didn't work either. My nephew has one of those motion cameras that we are going to set up to make sure I am feeding a kitten and not a big fat rat or something! Yikes!
I have 20 coming for Thanksgiving. That's a real good size, not too big, not too small. Everyone is bringing something so that it isn't too much work for one. I have a huge turkey thawing in the refrigerator, the potatoes all peeled, the rolls made, the celery and onions chopped for the stuffing and the bread pulled apart and drying. My sister is coming by tomorrow and help me set up the tables and anything else that needs doing. Mom is making blueberry pie and peanut butter cup bars. These are DELICIOUS and so easy!
Ginny's Peanut Butter Cup Bars
2 sticks margarine or butter
1 & 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chunky style peanut butter
2 & 1/3 cups confection sugar
About 8-10 Hershey plain chocolate bars
Combine graham cracker crumbs with melted butter
Mix peanut butter and confection sugar
Mix all together and pat evenly into a 9X13 pan
Put chocolate bars on top and place in a warm oven till they start to melt and then spread evenly over mixture
Cool and cut
You'll be the hit of the party bringing these!!
We're getting snow today in parts of Maine but here in central Maine it's all been rain. We have lost what little snow we had from last week. One of my sisters lives in western Maine and they are getting hammered with snow. School was not canceled but was late starting. I got my snowmobile back from it's yearly check up so I'm ready to roll. Doesn't seem possible that it's almost time to be out riding it!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! We sure have a lot to be thankful for in this country when there are so many hungry in other countries. Please keep our service men and women in your prayers over the holiday as I'm sure it's terribly hard to be away from home at this time.