Friday, February 22, 2013

Organic Dinner Rolls
 I’ve made these a lot over the years. They work best with organic white flour. A mixture of whole wheat flour works nicely also, but just doesn’t rise as well. One year when I was at my brother-in-law’s home I made these with yeast that hadn’t been refrigerated. Not a good idea. Not my yeast.  No rising involved, yikes! So, instead of making a trip to the store, we kind of shocked them into rising. I remembered that one of my girlfriends doesn’t raise her pizza dough before baking; she just bakes at a very high temperature. So I thought about that and decided it was worth a try. I baked the rolls at 420 or so, and it worked. Not perfectly, but they did rise pretty well and turned out decent. It’s kind of a bummer when you have it all planned out, and, it’s for a big event and then there’s a disaster. Luckily this disaster ended up working out well.
```Warm the following in a saucepan until butter almost melts:
1/3 C. Organic Butter
1 C. Raw Milk
¼ C. Organic Sugar
Dash of Sea Salt
```In a medium sized bowl stir together:
1-1/4 C. Organic Flour
2 Packages Active Dry Yeast
```Add the warmed mixture and one egg to the flour mixture. Beat on low speed 30 seconds scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. With a wooden spoon, stir in 2 to 2 ¼ C. more organic flour.
```Turn dough onto a clean surface and knead for a couple minutes till dough has a nice, smooth consistency. Place approximately 1 T. Olive Oil in a bowl and put the dough in it.  Flip it over once and cover in a warm place. Let rise until doubled.
```Punch dough down in bowl (my favorite part) and turn out onto floured surface. Cut dough in two equal parts and let rest for ten minutes. Roll out each part into 12 inch circles. Brush with very soft or melted butter. Cut into pizza slices. Roll up each “slice” starting with the wide end.
```Place in a greased baking dish, cover and let rise until doubled in size. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Cover with tin foil after baking ten minutes so tops don’t burn. Brush tops of rolls with butter after taking out of oven for a soft roll.

```You can make whatever shape roll you like. I usually do the crescents, but you could also do cloverleafs, parker house,  rosettes, etc.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Organic Gluten Free Peanut Butter Play Dough
1 C. Creamy Peanut Butter (I make mine in my blender)
1 C. Raw Honey
1 C. Organic Coconut Flour
Wax Paper

 Mix peanut butter and honey together, then mix in the coconut flour. You can add in whatever mix-ins you’d like: raisins, chocolate chips, coconut, etc., or leave it plain. Once this is mixed well, take tablespoonfuls and roll in a ball. Wrap in wax paper and keep in the frig for an anytime snack. 

 This may make your hands a bit greasy, but will not stick so it’s a fun thing to make with kids. It’s also full of protein and good enzymes from the raw honey. I got this recipe from a girl who works at Real Foods Market in Orem.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Organic Pumpkin Dessert Surprise

1 - 16 oz. Can Organic Pumpkin
1 - 12 oz. Can Evaporated Milk
1 C. Organic Sugar
1 t. Organic Cinnamon
1/4 t. Organic Nutmeg
4 Free Range Eggs
1/2 C. Organic Butter
1 Organic Yellow Cake Mix (no pudding in the mix)
Organic Whipping Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream

Mix together the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and eggs. Pour into an ungreased 9X13 glass pan.

Cut butter into cake mix and sprinkle on top of pumpkin mixture in glass pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Done when cake mix is slightly browned. Serve with whip cream or ice cream.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Aunt Suzanne's Chocolate Cheesecake

I grew up knowing this as "Chocolate Cheesecake". I've heard it called "Better Than Robert Redford" or "Better Than Sex". I'm not going to comment on either of those, just know that it's one of the yummiest desserts I've ever had. And, I can thank my Aunt Suzanne for the recipe. It's also quite easy to make so don't be afraid of all the layers...
I made this along with three other desserts for Thanksgiving: dessert pizza, apple pie and pumpkin dessert surprise. I also made dinner rolls, mmmm good! Anyway, on with the chocolate cheesecake!
Bottom Layer : 1 1/4 C. Organic Flour, 1 Cube Melted Organic Butter, 1 C. Finely Chopped Pecans. Mix all of this together and press into a 9X13 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Second Layer: 1 C. Organic Powdered Sugar, 16 oz Organic Whipping Cream Whipped, 8 oz Organic Cream Cheese. Beat together and spread on cooled nut layer.
Third Layer: 2 Small Packages Chocolate Instand Pudding, 3 C. Raw Milk. Beat together and spread on top of second layer.
Fourth Layer: 16 oz whipped whipping cream beat with 3 T. Organic Sugar. Spread on top of third layer.
Top with chocolate shavings.
Store refrigerated until ready to serve. Serves a lot!