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Ta-da!! Learn to make rolls from scratch has been completed!! That is five out of my 30x30 Challenge! I made an enormous amount, so we have plenty in the freezer to last us for a few months. If you want to see my adventure documented in more detail and pictures of our Thanksgiving dinner, then click the continue reading link. Lots of pictures!

I started the rolls last night, which was a brilliant idea. We got back from the park a little later than I thought we would, so I mixed up the dressing and then started the rolls. I wanted to go to the community Thanksgiving service, so time was tight!

Although I looked at all kinds of recipes for dinner rolls, and I might make them now that I know this isn’t an impossible adventure, I ended up using the Dinner Rolls recipe from my handy-dandy Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Incidentally, I have tons of cookbooks and they tend toward the shiny, big-personality chef style, but I have been using my BH&G one more than anything else recently. It’s a good reference book and I am very grateful that R gave it to me for my 21st birthday (from the inscription!).

Anywho, I started up with the initial mixing of the dough. Technically, I think I could have kneaded it in my mixer with the hook attachment, but in the back of my mind I think this is cheating. The recipe did give me some worries since they don’t ask you to proof the yeast first, just start mixing things! Eek!

This is after I turned it out from the mixer. At this point, every time I make bread I think: WHY am I doing this? I hate kneading, especially if the dough is very sticky. Dough was ok last night, but I still don’t like kneading.

After that, I let it rise and made a quick dinner for us (pasta and tomato sauce). BH&G has illustrations of all the different ways you can make rolls, and I decided I would try two different kinds of shapes–rosette and cloverleaf. (Mostly I was influenced by the fact that you didn’t have to roll the dough out for those shapes–I am not a fan of the rolling pin in my little-counter-space kitchen.) So, I divided the dough into two halves and then one half into 16 pieces to make rosettes.

Apparently, I need to go back to elementary school art class because rolling out foot-long snakes of dough was a little difficult. If I had a better work surface (like if I had taped the waxed paper down to the counter) it probably would have been easier, but the clock was ticking at this point and I had to work with what I had. I tied the dough snakes in to knots and tucked the ends under. Here you can see that I made things that look more or less like rosettes.

I had about two more minutes left, so I chopped the rest of the dough into little pieces and popped them into the muffin tin to make cloverleaf rolls. There is some evidence that my never-fantastic math skills have been further eroded by becoming a lawyer. Reed says that four-leaf clovers are better than three anyway. (That’s why I love him.)

About three seconds after this picture was taken, I snatched my ring out of the tray, picked up the car keys and ran out the door to the Thanksgiving service. It was nice, although a little long, and focused on the sacredness of water in Christianity and how that can translate into our appreciation of water in this time of drought in North Carolina. I got to go inside the West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, which was nice and had pretty roof beams and pipe organ.

Today, I got up and started Thanksgiving at 6 am. Even though we had a small turkey, we discovered last night that it was not thawing as much as we had hoped. It was still pretty icy feeling this morning, so I thawed it for an hour in water. And, yes, I did think about how much water I was pouring down the drain during this, but I think saving turkey water is not really on my to-do list. After an hour, it was pretty much ready to go and I was ready to stop thawing it. I washed it, put some salt, half an onion and half a lemon inside it, propped it up on the other halves of the onion and lemon so it would stay upright (!!) and threw it in the oven.

Most of the morning, I just moseyed about, getting the serving dishes and spoons out, prepping the veggies at a leisurely pace, playing on the computer, or listening to NPR. I didn’t feel crunched until about a half hour beforehand, when everything needed to be finished at the same time, but that is pretty normal. Everything turned out fine, except neither of us really wanted the butternut squash after I’d made it. I’m still searching for a decent butternut squash recipe, I guess. The rolls cooked for about 15 minutes, and I ended up not using an egg wash because I don’t have a pastry brush and the idea of spooning egg wash over rolls was not appealing at all.

Here they are, fresh from the oven! (And, no, it isn’t stressful at all to try to document hot, brown rolls while putting Thanksgiving on the table and frying butternut squash ‘coins’.) You can see why we froze some of the 28 rolls, I guess.

(Ignore the cat trying to jump on top of the table in the background. Someone had to be locked in the bathroom shortly after this picture was taken. I think this might be the only picture of Isabelle on my blog.)

They turned out pretty and pretty tasty, too!

Here is a picture of our whole Thanksgiving buffet. Our turkey is so pathetic looking, despite its yumminess, that I would rather just get a whole turkey next time. Just for the looks! We have plenty to eat for the next few days! It’s a good thing that we both love turkey and dressing! We had sweetened green tea to drink.

And here is a picture of our table and me! If I look a tiny big haggard, that’s because I am starving and glad I can finally sit down. (Yeah, I was going to change into a pretty shirt and put makeup on, but at this point that went straight out the window.) We pigged out and it was good.

For my first real Thanksgiving meal, I’m glad that everything got ready on schedule and we ate just a few minutes after noon. Next time, I would like to have some more pretty things for garnish for that turkey and some flowers on the table. And I will make Reed his white and wild rice, which I think he missed. Overall, it was a success! Special thanks to Reedikins for taking all these pictures, setting the table, and offering moral support! I hope everyone else had a great meal, too.

8 Comments

Lovely, just lovely! I am so proud of you! Mama

Looks like a great meal.…minus the butternut squash…I haven’t found a good recipe for that yet either, so that item has been permanently removed from my grocery list. :-) We missed you and Reed yesterday at Manette’s and hope to see you soon! Love, Michelle

WOW, Tiffany, what a feast! It is beautiful and so are you. We missed you and Reed yesterday, but glad you all had a wonderful home-cooked meal and had a great time. We love you!

WOW, Tiffany, what a feast! It is beautiful and so are you. We missed you and Reed yesterday, but glad you all had a wonderful home-cooked meal and had a great time. We love you!

LOL Everything looks lovely! Congrats on your biscuits!!!

Reed is lucky to have you. Your dinner looked wonderful. We missed not seeing you, but it looks like you both had a very nice Thanksgiving on your own.

Hey Tiffany!

It has been forever since I’ve run by your blog and I’m glad I did. I loved reading about your dinner rolls. I have recently become fascinated with making homemade bread. Chris is glad and that is all he wants now. Caleb eats all his PB&J’s on it too. What saves me tons of time is that I make a whole bunch of dough one day and then I freeze it in loaf shapes. So, when we need a new load I just pop a dough brick in a loaf pan and let it thaw and rise at the same time and then bake. It isn’t quite as good as “baked that day” bread but still better than store bought. We haven’t bought bread in months since I’ve started doing this. ;-) I would love to hear more about your bread-baking adventures.

Sarah

i have to try this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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