Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Caramel Pull Aparts

24 Rhodes dinner rolls, thawed but still cold
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 c. butter, melted
1/2 c. caramel ice cream topping

Cut rolls in half.  In a bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon (I had to make more!).  Dip roll halves in melted butter and then sugar mixture.  Place in a sprayed bundt pan.  Sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over rolls.  Drizzle caramel topping over rolls.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until 1-inch below the top of the pan.  Remove wrap and bake at 350*F 30-35 minutes.  Cover with foil last 10 minutes if necessary to prevent over browning. Remove from oven and invert onto a serving platter.  Be careful it comes out WAY fast!

Swiss Chicken

Serves 4

1/4 c. white cooking wine
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 c. herb stuffing mix
1/4 c. melted butter
2-3 boneless chicken breast (I used 2 and cut them in half)
3 slices swiss cheese
Steam rice

Mix the white cooking wine and the cream of chicken soup together; set aside. Melt butter then stir in herb stuffing; set aside. Layer chicken, swiss cheese, soup mixture and then stuffing mix. Bake at 350* for 45 minutes, uncovered. Serve over steamed rice.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Homemade Bagels

My CTE aid at the school did a demo for my class. She made these bagels and they were delicious! She gave me a batch of the dough to take home. http://www.kingarthurflour.com This is the website she got the recipe from. They have wonderful recipes! I have pulled a few to make....Enjoy!
1 tablespoon instant yeast
4 cups (17 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon non-diastatic malt powder, brown sugar or barley malt syrup
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) water, lukewarm

Water Bath
2 quarts (64 ounces) water
2 tablespoons non-diastatic malt powder, brown sugar or barley malt syrup
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Manual/Mixer Method: To make this dough by hand or in a
mixer, combine all of the dough ingredients and knead vigorously, by ha
nd for 10 to 15 minutes, or by machine on medium-low speed for about 10 minutes. Since we're using a high-protein bread flour here, it takes a bit more effort and time to develop the gluten. The dough will be quite stiff; if you're using an electric mixer it will "thwap" the sides of the bowl, and hold its shape (without spreading at all) when you stop the mixer. Place the dough in a lightly greased bo
wl, and set it aside to rise till noticeably puffy though not necessarily doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Bread Machine Method: Place all of the dough ingredients in the pan of the machine, program the machine for Dough or Manual, and press Start. Check the dough after 10 minutes; it should be quite stiff, and won't have formed a smooth ball. The dough will feel quite firm when you poke your finge
r into it. Allow the machine to complete its cycle, then complete bagels as instructed below.

Transfer the dough to a work surface, and divide it into eight pieces. Working with one piece at a time, roll it into a smooth, round ball. Cover the balls with plastic wrap, and let them rest for 30 minutes. They'll puff up very slightly.
While the dough is resting, prepare the water bath by heating the water, malt and sugar to a very gentle boil in a large, wide-diameter pan. Preheat your oven to 425°F.
Use your index finger to poke a hole through the center of each ball, then twirl the dough on your finger to stretch the hole till it's about 2 inches in diameter (the entire bagel will be about 4 inches across). Place each bagel on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
Transfer the bagels, four at a time if possible, to the simmering water. Increase the heat under the pan to bring the water back up to a gently simmering boil, if necessary. Cook the bagels for 2 minutes, flip them over, and cook 1 minute more. Using a skimmer or strainer, remove the bagels from the water and place them back on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining bagels.

Bake the bagels for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they're as deep brown as you like, turning them over about 15 minutes into the baking time (this will help them remain tall and round). Remove the bagels from the oven, and cool completely on a wire rack.Yield: 8 bagels.