Ready, Set, Bake!!

The great American Bake-Off has begun.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and everywhere in the United States, families are preparing their menus, ordering turkeys, baking pies and more pies.  Ovens are being tested, treats are baked, families and friends get together all giving praise and thanks for what we have and are able to share with those less fortunate.  It is purported to be the most traveled day in the United States.  Boats, planes, trains and buses are in operation to get loved ones where they need to be, whether just an hour away or from coast to coast.  This four day holiday is an adopted holiday for me, but one that I embrace wholeheartedly.  I did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving, but I love this beautiful holiday that represents, warmth, love, friendship and sharing.

I wanted to try my hand at making dinner rolls from scratch.  I’ve made them before in a bread machine, but since we downsized, I got rid of the machine, so decided to try this recipe free form ahead of time.  With some tweaks the next time around, I’ll have it just how I want them to be.   My go-to “baking guru” is a blogging buddy who I always email if in doubt.  Julie, from Hostess at Heart tells me that the egg wash should be brushed on about 3/4 of the way through the baking time.  Take a look at her blog, it features many baking challenges that she’s participated in.  I’m hoping to bake my 3 pies this weekend too, I will also be trying a new Chorizo and Collard Green Dressing that is made with cornbread.  My oven will be working overtime, as I try to tackle as much as I can ahead of time.  Sausage Rolls are also on the menu for an appetizer, not exactly very American are they?  Let’s just say they are popular in the U.K. and I know how much I love them.  So from my house to yours –

May your stuffing be tasty

May your turkey be plump

May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump

May your yams be yum, And your pies take the prize

And may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs!  🙂 🙂

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Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons active-dry yeast (or 2 packages) + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine warm water with yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar.  Set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Using your mixer with the dough hook attached, combine butter, sugar, eggs and salt.
  3. Add in the yeast mixture and mix to combine.
  4. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing between each cup.  When the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, you’ve added enough flour.  You should need about 4 cups total, give or take a little.
  5. Place the dough on a lightly floured clean working surface and knead for a minute or two.
  6. Divide the dough into 24 pieces, then roll each piece into a smooth round ball.
  7. Prepare a 13 x 9 inch baking dish by lightly greasing it.
  8. Place the dough balls into the pan, leaving equal space between each round ball.
  9. Cover the rolls and let them rise for about 60-90 minutes, or until doubled.
  10. Preheat your oven to 375F (I used the 350F setting on my oven).
  11. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown.

 

Petra and I welcome you.  Do check out her amazing blog, they are chock-full of extraordinary mouth-watering recipes.  We are co-hosting Angie’s Fiesta Friday #95. Click on the link to read the guidelines and to link up to this awesome weekly party.  Do please hang around, encourage others, visit and have fun at our virtual party.  You’ll come away with a boatload of ideas and recipes and might even be featured the following week.  If any of you are interested in co-hosting future parties, please don’t hesitate to contact Angie and she will get you on her list.  It is a great way to meet other people, mingle and for those who have never hosted before, believe me, it is a lot of fun, do please consider it before we get to #100?  Thanks!

 

 

 

61 comments

  1. Hi Loretta
    I love the look of your dinner rolls, and it is not just becasue lunch is just aroudn the corner! Your house will smell divine from all the planned baking, yum! 🙂 Happy FF!

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    1. Thanks Petra, there’s not quite like the smell of baked good is there? I’m definitely with you on that one. Happy Fiesta Friday to you too and thanks for co-hosting with me. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

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  2. I loved this recipe-for it’s brevity and breeziness! It is fun to go back to basics when a holiday approaches. I am thankful this Thanksgiving for your talents and approach to life, Loretta, and willingness to have a sharing spirit!

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  3. Thank you so much for the shout out! You are so special to me Loretta. These rolls look light and fluffy, and I would love a basket of them on my table. Thank you so much for co-hosting too. Have fun baking your pies! I will probably do mine on Monday. I still need to go to the store and that’s a scary thought! I’m on call if you need me. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Julie, you’re special too! It’s a daunting task shopping around Thanksgiving isn’t it? I did the bulk of it yesterday, but haven’t picked out a turkey yet, I’m hoping there will be some left for me early next week, as I don’t have much room for storage anymore, it will have to be a fresh one. Yes, I’ll have a good time baking this weekend. Thanks for all your tips on the bread making, someday I’ll be able to teach others 🙂

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  4. Loretta, I can only imagine the smell of those fresh rolls baking! (here comes the wish I were your neighbor again:) The rolls look picture perfect! I am sure all your baking will be fabulous!
    Loved your wish for Thanksgiving dinner to stay off the thighs:) Oh I only wish…

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    1. Thanks Sandhya. You’re right, baking bread, cookies and cakes just makes the entire house smell so good – I know mine will this weekend :). Ha ha, I bought a few treats when I was out grocery shopping yesterday, and I just couldn’t stop at one or two cookies, on the weighing scale this morning it showed :(( Bummer!

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      1. I know that feeling, Loretta! Enjoy the goodies . they are so hard to resist,aren’t they? I went grocery shopping today and have picked up so many munchies and ingredients for all sorts of appetizers.
        I tell myself it is for the children but you know who eats the most out of those:)

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  5. Loretta, your dinner rolls are perfect! Thanksgiving is a wonderful Holiday and truly, it represents the warm-hearted American welcoming. This year, I am celebrating with a good Armenian family friends, whom most of us are foreign born, but the the celebration is as much appreciation as any US born celebrates. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Dear Fae for stopping by. I’m sure you’ll enjoy a lovely warm and festive holiday with your Armenian friends. You are absolutely right though, we’ve all learned to appreciate Thanksgiving just as much as our US born friends :). On that note, may the spirit and love around Thanksgiving stay with you always 🙂

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    1. Yes I know sausage rolls are pretty popular in Australia too, as are other British delicacies :). This will be the first time I’m attempting to try them. Do you dunk yours in ketchup your some kind of chutney? Thanks Desley, have a great weekend!

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      1. We dunk them in tomato sauce! There’s always a little bowl of tomato sauce next to the tray of sausage rolls. Or else, the sauce bottle is out and everyone squeezes a little puddle on their plate. Hope you had a fab weekend too.

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  6. Loved the super simple recipe Loretta where kneading is minimum to 2-3 minutes. Also, these bread rolls are just proofed once? That’s interesting, since I have never come across a recipe of a bread roll with only one proofing.. Will bake it ASAP!!
    ❤️❤️
    Have a very happy thanksgiving Loretta!!
    I love this festival too!!

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    1. It is super simple Sonal, however the kneading for 2-3 minutes by hand is after you have mixed all the ingredients in the mixer. That took a few minutes, I have a cake mixer with a dough hook attachment, so that took about 10-15 minutes in the machine, and then 2-3 mins by hand. Yes, after that you just let it rise for 90 minutes or so and then form the rolls. Julie is an expert at bread making, I told her she needs to do a tutorial for all of us 🙂 Enjoy Thanksgiving and the weekend!

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      1. Yay, let me know how you get along. Hey, I keep meaning to tell you Sonal, have you read the comments from some of the readers on the Indian vegetarian post that I linked your blog to? It looks like a lot of folks agree with some of the stuff I’ve said about your blog 🙂

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      2. Awww
        I will go and check these out now!
        You are super sweet Loretta! And I am thankful to have met you..
        Meaning to tell you that I will be sending the packet with spices after thanksgiving ❤️❤️

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  7. We do have Thanksgiving here in Canada, but being Italian I cannot get familiar with its tradition, but I would love to… Your rolls look scrumptious… is not Thanksgiving, but over here is lunch time and I would love to have a couple of them!!!

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    1. Thanks Margherita. I too lived in Canada and celebrated Thanksgiving there, but Canadian Thanksgiving is not celebrated in such a grand scale as it is here. I think in the USA, it is probably more celebrated than Christmas, and I absolutely love the holiday. Thanks for visiting, whereabouts in Canada are you? We used to live in Toronto.

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      1. Ahh lovely, you’re so lucky to be living there, such a great city! We visited some folks in Quebec City this past summer, we’ve been there a few times, I wrote a blog post on it under my “travel section”.

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    1. Ha ha Johanne, isn’t that what we always wish for? I’ve already started indulging and I’m rather cross with myself. I hope you and your family have a beautiful Thanksgiving too, and I hope your boys are home to celebrate with you 🙂

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    1. Ha ha Nandini, fresh baked pao coming up :). Hey, I wanted to tell you to check out my previous post on an Indian vegetarian feast. I featured my Mum’s coconut wooden spoon and copper bottom pot from Goa 🙂

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    1. Thanks Linda, there’s nothing quite like the aromas of fresh baked bread is there? It was my pleasure hosting FF, and thanks for your good wishes for Thanksgiving. My niece is visiting Dubai at the moment 🙂

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