Saturday, April 18, 2009

Yeast Rolls/Kolaches

This is a hack from a Paula Dean recipe. I've of course, improved it. I also used my Kitchen Aid mixer, but a bowl would be just fine.

3 c all purpose flour (recipe called for 2 to 2-1/2c - Not enough.), divided
4T sugar (recipe called for 2. NOT ENOUGH!)
1tspn salt
1 envelope Yeast
1/2c milk (I used whole organic w/DHA)
1/4c water
1/2 c butter or margarine (recipe called for 2T, I say that's not enough!)


0. Start about 2-3 cups of water in a pot or tea kettle on the stove to boil.

1. Mix 3/4 cup flour, sugar, salt, and undissolved yeast.

2. Heat milk, water and butter to 120° - 130°F.

(I did this in the microwave in three separate containers, didn't take the temperature just checked if they were hot and added them in one at a time, mixing in between.)

3. Gradually add to dry ingredients and beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer.

4. Add 1/4 cup flour. Beat at high speed of electric mixer 2 minutes.

5. Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough.
(I think I stirred in about 2 more cups about a half a cup at a time.)

6. On floured surface knead 2 to 3 minutes.

The dough will be warm. I added at least another 1/4-1/2 cup of flour here.

7. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces.
For ROLLS: Shape into balls. Place in greased 8-inch round pan or ungreased silpat. Cover.
(With what? I don't know. Other recipes have said plastic wrap. I'll go with that.)

For Kolaches: Flatten each piece and wrap around sausage. (I used Ekrich's Cheese Sausages) Lay evenly apart on a flat pan covered in silpat. (I used 2 pans, and I probably should have covered. Forgot.)

8. Pour a 1-inch depth of boiling water into large pan on bottom rack of cold oven.
(I used a glass casserole dish.)

9. Set rolls on rack above water. Close oven door; let rise 30 minutes. Uncover rolls; remove pan of water.

10. Turn oven to 375°F. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until done. Remove from pan. Serve warm.

These were GOOOD.

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