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Yeast Rolls

Easy  Yeast Rolls
I’ve had lots of compliments on these over the years, and many people now have this recipe and it’s the only one they use!

Ingredients
1 cup warm water
1 pkg active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3 tbls softend butter
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2-4 cups flour

Method
Put water and yeast in large mixing bowl and add next 4 ingredients. Beat with dough hook until well blended. Add 3 1/2 to 4 cups flour and mix until soft dough forms (should not be sticky). Put out onto floured board and knead a few times until smooth. Place in greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place approx. 45 minutes. Punch down and turn out onto floured board. Shape into 12 rolls and place in greased 13×9 in. baking pan. Let rise again about 30 minutes. Bake 350 for 20 minutes. Brush tops of rolls with butter. Recipe is easily doubled.

Hand Pies

Strawberry-Rhubarb Hand Pies

3/4 cup diced strawberries
3/4 cup diced rhubarb
1 T cornstarch
2 T sugar
2 1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar 
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup lard or shortening
3 T cold water

Toss the finely diced fruit with cornstarch and 2 T. sugar.
Mix flour, salt, and 1/4 cup sugar. Cut in butter and lard. Stir in water. Knead slightly. Roll out the dough and cut with a biscuit cutter (about 2 1/4 inch).

Spoon a teaspoon or two of fruit filling in the center of the dough circle. Dampen the edges of the dough with water and top with another dough circle. With a fork, crimp the edges. Cut a slit on the top. Optional: You may brush tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Eat warm or at room temperature. These are best eaten in a day or two.

Soft Molasses Cookies

1 cup butter softened, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup molasses, 2 eggs lightly beaten, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 2 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1 1/2 tsp. cloves, 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 4 cups all purpose flour (I use whole wheat-fresh ground prairie gold) Mix all ingredients together.  Roll dough into balls.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 min.  Sprinkle tops of cookies with sugar while still warm.

Soft Molasses Cookies

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The girls and I made molasses cookies today.  They are one of my favorites.  I thought I would share the recipe I use:

1 cup butter- softened, 1 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup molasses, 2 eggs-slightly beaten, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 2 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1 1/4 tsp. ground cloves, 4 cups flour (I use 3 cups whole wheat and 1 cup unbleached all purpose)  Combine all ingredients and drop by spoon onto cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 min.  Sprinkle tops with sugar.

These cookies always make me think of fall, however it has been pretty warm here today, upper 80’s.  The night temperature though has been cooling down nicely.  It was mid 50’s this morning, nice sleeping weather. 

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Snow!

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Yes, we are getting snow!  How about that?  Well, it is March.  I thought spring was here but I guess winter is still holding on.  The snow has been gone long enough though that seeing it coming down was pretty exciting.  I have come across a really easy homemade biscuit recipe.  I have struggled for years to make good homemade biscuits and have never gotten it quite right.  I think these are pretty good.  Not as good as my grandmothers were but good.  Perhaps that has been my problem.  Too high a standard.  Anyway here’s the recipe if anyone would like to try it.  2 1/4 cups self rising flour, 2/3 cup shortening or lard, 1 cup milk.  Combine flour and shortening with pastry blender or fork until no large clumps of shortening appear.  Add milk. (Your choice sweet or buttermilk).   Stir.  Turn out on floured surface.  Add enough flour to make stiff dough.  Pat out and cut biscuits.  Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  When done, brush tops with melted butter.  I like them because I don’t have to use a rolling pin and I can use self-rising flour.  I have made some biscuit recipes that just took forever to make.  These go very fast (both in making and in eating).

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Here’s a picture of how they turned out.  I think they look pretty good!  I forgot to tell you the recipe will make about 9 biscuits this size.   2 are suspiciously missing from this picture.  Well, I think it’s time to eat.  Enjoy your day, take care and God bless.