Thursday, November 18, 2010

DIY: {herb cheese rolls}

Tonight I baked herb cheese rolls for a Thanksgiving Pot-luck at work tomorrow. Believe it or's easier than it sounds. So, if you love bread, cheese, herbs and are feeling a little adventurous...this is absolutely a recipe for you!

Herb Cheese Rolls {fresh out of the oven}

What you'll need:
1 cup milk {I use skim milk}
1 tbsp butter
1 package dry active yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp vegetable oil {or olive oil}
shredded cheese {I use a little over a handful of colby jack}
2 tbsp of your favorite herbs {sometimes I use garlic, but tonight I went for oregano}

What you'll need to do:
First, measure your milk and pour it into a microwave safe bowl. Warm it up for about 125 to 135 seconds. Remove warm milk from microwave and add butter. Once the butter is melted, add the dry active yeast. {make sure that the milk and butter mixture is warm...not hot! if it's too hot, it will kill the yeast and your dough won't rise} After the yeast had dissolved, add salt and sugar. Then add 2 cups of flour. Stir until you have a sticky consistency and the mixture starts pulling away from the edges of the bowl. At this point, add the last 1/2 cup of flour. Work the dough with your hands, kneading it until you have a ball. Coat the ball of dough with 1 tbsp of oil...evenly. {here comes the fun!} Add your choice of cheese and herbs. Roll the dough around and knead in whatever you decide to add. Work the dough into a ball and place in the center of a large bowl. play the waiting game. Queue visual aids!

In theory...this is kind of what your ball of dough will look like after you take care of the steps above.

After you've taken a few minutes to admire your handy work, cover the bowl with a clean, fresh dish towel and place the bowl in a warm, dry place. {I normally use my microwave or oven...make sure that you haven't been cooking in it though :)} Leave it for 1 hour. After an hour, check on your dough. It should be double the size that it was when you left it. {YAY!} Time to shape it up!

Sprinkle flour on a large cutting board {or your clean counter top}.

Turn the bowl upside down and let the dough fall onto the flour. Turn once to coat. Press the dough down a bit in the form of a circle. Cut into 8 even pieces {kind of like a pie}. Smear a little bit of butter over each of the triangles, separate them and roll them up into 8 sections. {any shape that makes you happy will work...tonight I went for mini loaves}

Place them in a baking dish or a loaf pan. {do not grease} Cover them up with clean dish towels and put them back in the place that you let them rise the first time. Let them rise for 45 minutes.

When you check on them in about 45 minutes, they should be a bit bigger than they were when you left them. Expect almost twice the size. Now you can cook them! {YAY!} Preheat your oven to 350° and then cook for about 20 minutes. {sometimes mine are done at 18 keep an eye out! It kind of depends on your stove and how fast it cooks.}

And...18 minutes later we have delicious herb cheese bread! Yum! I hope the peeps at work enjoy this tomorrow. It was as fun to make as I'm sure it will be to eat. Hope that you try it out! I have a feeling you'll really like it!

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