Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thanksgiving and Vegan Dinner Rolls

Costello Thanksgiving 2010

My husband is one amazing cook.  He doesn't enjoy it quite like I do, but his finished products are always incredible and this Thanksgiving was no exception.  As I put together the menu the week before, Kyle told me he wanted to make dinner rolls for the first time. His sister Michelle is the master roll maker in the family, so it was fun to think of her big brother taking on this tradition.  Working with yeast, kneading dough, and allowing rolls to double rise take a ton of patience and some good skill for any baker.  Along with finding a great recipe and veganizing it for me,  this was no small undertaking and Kyle literally made the best rolls I've ever tasted.  Awesome work husband of mine!

K's Kick Ass Vegan Rolls  (modified from Parker House Rolls)

1 cup plain almond milk
2 Tablespoon vegan butter
1 Tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons warm (105 - 115 degrees F) water
1 package active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed and 1/4 cup water
3 1/3 to 3 2/3 cups Organic white flour
Melted vegan butter
Olive oil

Heat almond milk until warm (105 - 115 degrees F).  Add and stir vegan butter, sugar, and salt until the sugar is dissolved.  Combine flax seed and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and let stand 15 minutes.  Combine water and yeast in a large bowl and let stand until the yeast is dissolved (about 5 minutes - should bubble).  When the almond milk mixture has cooled to lukewarm, stir it into the yeast.  Beat in the flax seed mixture, which should have the consistency of an egg.  Stir in part of the flour, and then knead in the rest (use only enough flour to form an easily handled dough).  Place in an oiled bowl and brush the top with melted butter.  Cover and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk.  Roll the dough out into a long log (approx. 30 inches) and slice into 1 inch pieces.  Roll each piece into a ball and flatten into a 2 inch round.  Fold the rolls in half and press the edges together lightly.  Place about 2 inches apart on oiled baking sheets.  Let rise again in a warm place until light, about 40 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (or 325 degrees F convection oven). Bake until golden brown, 10-15 minutes.  Enjoy!

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