Monday, September 29, 2008

Homemade Rolls

This picture isn't the best because I didn't let them rise enough but when you do it right these are delish. The recipe comes from my madre.

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine
1 tsp. salt
1 egg

In mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour and yeast. Heat milk, sugar, margarine, and salt just till warm, stirring constantly till margarine almost melts (I do it in the microwave sometimes and stop every 30 seconds to stir). Add to dry mixture; add egg. Beat at low speed of mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl. Beat 3 minutes at high speed. By hand, stir in remaining flour to make a soft dough. Shape into ball.

Place in lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover; let rise in warm place till double*, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch down; turn out on floured surface. Cover; let rest 10 minutes (i never do that but it probably helps). Shape into desired rolls. Cover, let rise in warm place till double, 30 to 45 minutes. Bake on greased baking sheets or in greased muffin pans in hot oven (400 degrees) for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 2 dozen rolls.

*to make things go faster, I usually let the rolls rise in a warm oven. You can also make the dough at night and let it rise in the refrigerator for the next day.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Pretty much the best chocolate chip cookies ever. You can use this recipe to make Jenny's big cookie in the post below!

1 lb. real butter
1 1/2 C granulated sugar
2 C dark brown sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp real vanilla
5 C flour
2 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
4-6 cups Semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Cream butter and sugars together until smooth.
3. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
4. In a separate bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking soda. Gradually add to mixture.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Line cookie sheet with wax paper (or treat yourself to one of these)
7. Place dough on cookie sheet and bake for 8-11 mins at 350 degrees. Enjoy! (It makes a lot of cookies. I usually give a lot away or freeze some for later.)