Whole Wheat Cranberry Sage Rolls with Pumpkin Butter

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 24 rolls

Ingredients

1 package active dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon dark molasses or honey
21/2 cups unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup fresh sage, chopped fine
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped fine
2 tablespoons olive oil
Pumpkin butter (recipe follows)

Directions

In a small bowl, gently whisk together the yeast, 1/4 cup lukewarm water and molasses. Let the mixture stand until frothy, about 7 minutes. In a large mixing bowl combine the flours, salt, cranberries, sage and walnuts. Mix well. Combine the two mixtures and mix well, adding the olive oil in the end. When the dough is well mixed, turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for approximately 7-8 minutes or until texture is elastic. Place dough in a lightly oiled ceramic bowl, dampen a kitchen towel in warm water and use the towel to cover the bowl. Let dough rise until double in size, usually about 11/2 hours. Punch the dough down and again turn onto lightly floured surface and knead a few minutes. Divide dough into 24 evenly shaped balls and place on lightly greased baking pan. Allow to rise another 20 minutes. Bake rolls for about 20 minutes or until rolls are golden brown in 450° oven that has been preheated for at least an hour.

Pumpkin Butter

Makes 1/2 cup

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup apple cider
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and  mix well, heat to a medium heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally until thick. Allow to cool and let set in the refrigerator to set up.

Quick Herb Rolls

November 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
¾ c -1 c buttermilk
¼ cup fresh herbs of choice, chopped fine

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Into a large bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add cubed butter and mix with hands or fork until the mixture resembles a course meal, add buttermilk and mix until combined. At this stage add your  fresh herbs or whatever other ingredients you wish. Transfer mixture to a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until a smooth dough is formed. Roll out dough to about a ½ inch thick and cut with cutters in whatever shape you want your rolls. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and herbs if you choose. Brush with melted butter. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown in color.

Dark Whole Wheat

August 10th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 regular sized loaves

Ingredients

2 packages (1 1/2 tablespoons) active dry yeast
Pinch of sugar
1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
2 cups water
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ounce bittersweet dark chocolate
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
3 cups medium rye flour
3 cups unbleached, all-purpose or bread flour
1 cup bran
2 tablespoons caraway seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon minced shallots

Directions

1. In a small bowl, combine yeast and sugar with warm water. Stir to dissolve and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.

2. Heat two cups water, molasses, vinegar, butter and chocolate until the butter and chocolate are melted. Set aside.

3. Combine whole-wheat, rye and white flours in a large bowl. Set aside.

4. In bowl of a heavy mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine two cups mixed flours, bran, 2 tablespoons caraway seeds, fennel seeds, salt, espresso and shallots. At low speed, add yeast and chocolate mixtures. Mix until smooth and beat at medium speed for three minutes. (If you don’t like whole seeds in your bread, grinding them in a spice grinder, coffee grinder or mortar and pestle allows their flavor to come through without the texture. I always make my black bread this way.)
[Note: This, or any bread, can also be made by hand, simply mixing the ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon and kneading the dough on a counter until springy and smooth.]

5. At low speed, add half cup of remaining mixed flours at a time, until dough clears sides of bowl and begins to work its way up paddle. It will be very sticky but firm.

6. Scrape dough off paddle, flour counter well, and knead to make a springy yet dense dough. You might not use all of the flour mixture.

7. Form into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Turn once to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm area until doubled, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Combine cornmeal, flour and remaining caraway seeds, if using, and set aside.

8. Gently deflate dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into two portions and form into two rounds or loaves. Loaves should be placed in a loaf pan sprayed with nonstick spray, while rounds should be placed seam down on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle loaves with cornmeal mixture, if using. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled and puffy, about 45 minutes to one hour. Slash an X into the top of a round before baking it; no such slashing is needed for bread in a loaf pan.

9. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until loaves are well-browned, or register an internal temperature of 200 to 210°F on an instant-read thermometer. Baking time in your oven may vary — check in on the bread when it is 2/3 to 3/4 of the way through the baking time to make sure it has not super-speedily baked. Remove from baking sheet to cool completely on a rack.

*Recipe from Smitten Kitchen

Laotian Spring Rolls

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 rolls

INGREDIENTS

1 cup finely chopped yellow onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup grated carrots
½ cup finely chopped mushrooms
¼ cup scallions, sliced
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon black pepper
1 cup (8 ounces) ground beef
1 cup chopped, boiled, drained, and air-cooled mung-bean vermicelli noodles
2 eggs
12 spring roll pastry skins
Canola oil, for frying
1 cup sweet chili sauce (store bought)

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, add onions, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, scallions, salt, pepper, ground beef and noodles. Crack one egg over the mixture, and mix together with your hands.

In a smaller bowl, beat one egg. You will use this to seal shut your pastry skins.

Peel one pastry skin onto a plate. Using the envelope method as taught in class, place approximately 2 tablespoons in one corner and roll. Brush egg to the final tip to seal.

Fry rolls in deep fryer or large pot filled with oil until golden brown. Dip in sweet chili sauce and enjoy!

© Recipe Property of John Vang

Laotian Summer Rolls

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 15 rolls

INGREDIENTS

For rolls

4 oz rice vermicelli noodles
15 spring roll rice paper skins
5 ounces deep fried tofu, sliced into rectangular pieces (appx. 2 inches x ½ inch)
3 carrots, peeled and julienned
1 cup oyster mushrooms / other julienned vegetable of your choice
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup fresh cilantro sprigs, cut into 2 inch long sprigs
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup scallions, sliced into 3 inch long sprigs

For dip

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
½ cup of hoisin sauce
½ tablespoon of fish sauce

DIRECTIONS

Bring a pot of water to boil and turn off the heat. Soak the noodles in the hot water for 3 minutes or until the noodles have softened. Bring another pot of water to boil, turn the heat off and then put it aside (you will use this water to moisten spring roll skins). Ladle several cups of hot water into a large bowl.

Dip a spring roll skin into the bowl of warm-hot water. Spread onto a large plate. On the edge closest to you, assemble a “sleek palm-full” of noodles as instructed in class. On top of the noodles, place one piece of tofu, an amount of carrots, oyster mushrooms, julienned vegetables of your choice (if using), some bean sprouts, 2 cilantro sprigs, 2 mint leaves and one sprig of scallion. Carefully roll, again, using the “envelope method” as instructed in class. Repeat for each roll.

For the dip, in a saucepan, over low heat, stir peanut butter until smooth. When the peanut butter has started to become a smoother consistency, add the hoisin sauce and stir for 1 minute. Add fish sauce, and stir.

© Recipe Property of John Vang

Rolls (Quick Baking)

October 20th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
¾ c -1 c buttermilk

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 425°F and lightly grease a baking sheet. Into a large bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add cubed butter and mix with hands or fork until the mixture resembles a course meal, add buttermilk and mix until combined. At this stage add your cheddar and thyme or whatever other ingredients you wish. Transfer mixture to a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until a smooth dough is formed. Roll out dough to about a ½ inch thick and cut with cutters in whatever shape you want your rolls. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and herbs if you choose. Brush with melted butter. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown in color.

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