Friday, June 4, 2010

Dinner Rolls/ Buns

I just made these for the first time and they smell wonderful and turned out perfectly. This is a "no fail" recipe for some of the best tasting rolls I've ever baked. I intended to make a couple of batches, with egg wash and butter, but I forgot to do the egg wash, still, it came out perfect. In baking, I believe that practice makes it more perfect. Next time, I promise to show you better picture. Meanwhile, why not try this recipe for yourself and let me know, or better yet show me how it turned out for you.  

Dinner Rolls/ Buns Recipe
Courtesy of: Foodnetwork



1 cup warm homogenized milk (250 ml)
1/4 cup sugar (60 ml)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (60 ml)
1/2 tablespoon salt (7 ml)
3 cups all-purpose flour (750 ml)
1 egg
1 envelope (1/4-ounces) active dry yeast
flour, for bench flour

1 egg
1 tablespoon milk (15 )
( I made 1 batch with egg wash and the other with butter)



In a small bowl, combine sugar with ½ cup warm milk and mix well. Add the yeast and stir. Let the mixture stand for about 10 minutes, until it foams.

In another bowl, combine the egg and remaining ½ cup warm milk and melted butter

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour and salt by hand. Add the yeast mixture and the egg mixture. With the stand mixer, start mixing the dough on low speed. Increase speed as flour is incorporated. Continue to mix until dough comes together. Increase machine speed, knead dough until it comes together.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 6 to 8 minutes, adding more flour if necessary, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Put the dough into a large oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave overnight in the fridge or alternatively let proof until doubled in a warm spot for 45 minutes.


Punch down dough and turn it out onto a floured surface. Tear off pieces of the dough and form sixteen 1 ½-inch balls. Roll them onto a surface to make smooth. Place in a buttered 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan. Let rest, covered, in a warm spot, until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk to make an egg wash. Using a pastry brush, generously coat the top of the buns with the egg wash. Bake the dinner buns for about 13 to 15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Serve warm and pull apart at the table.

Yield: 16 servings
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ( The Best )

These are the best Oatmeal Cookies I have ever tried so far. I have baked them several times and they are always a hit. I brought these goodies on one of our weekend getaway to the Caribbean and OMG! my friends and family keep on asking for more cookies. They said they are absolutely delicious. This is really my go-to cookie recipe because it is super easy to make and it always comes out Oatmeal-a-licious! Ok, here's the deal, I honestly do not know who to credit for this recipe because it is one of those things where I wrote it in an Index Card and no reference where I copied it. But who ever is the original owner of this recipe... I thank you for sharing.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Recipe


¾ cup butter ( at room temperature)
1 cup sugar
1 egg ( room temperature)
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
pinch of nutmeg
½ cup raisins

Cooking Directions:
  • Creme butter and sugar with electric mixer. Add egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, combine  flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  •  Start mixing with big spoon by hand the dry and wet ingredients.
  • Add rolled oats 1 cup at a time. Add the raisins.
  • Press balls about half inch on a prepared baking pan.
  • Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes. Let it cool on a wire rack.
  • Share and Enjoy!

Note: You should have a very thick and sticky mixture. If it is too sticky or wet, add little more flour. Make a small balls and place on a baking sheet. After cookie balls are on the baking sheet, with your wet hand, press the ball upto half and inch.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs

This post is long overdue. I have been meaning to blog about my recent dinner party but my other hobby which is Card Making took all my attention for the past weeks. I have this Paper Craft blog on the works and also Classes in my place so my foodblog has been put aside for the moment.

I made this Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs for the recent dinner party I hosted. Both my guest and my husband really enjoyed it. This recipe tastes as good as it looks. Fall off the bone tender and succulent. I got the recipe from the Kitchen of One Perfect Bite.  Although I did not follow her Barbecue Sauce recipe and used the store bought barbecue sauce instead, this dish still turned out awesome.  I highly recommend everyone to try it. Next time, I will make the Barbecue Sauce from scratch.

Oven Baked Baby Back Ribs Recipe
Adapted from : the Kitchen of One Perfect Bite

For Dry Rub
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
For Barbecue Sauce
1 cup ketchup
2/3 cups Worcestershire sauce
2/3 cup golden brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
1/4 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup flour
1 (12-oz.) bottle non-alcoholic amber ale
For Baby Back Ribs
2 slabs baby back ribs, silver skin and under flap removed
1 teaspoon liquid smoke

Cooking Directions:
1) To make dry rub: Combine salt, granulated onion, granulated garlic, paprika and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
2) To make barbecue sauce: Combine all sauce ingredients, in the order listed, in a large pot with a heavy bottom. Whisk until smooth. Place pot over low heat and cook for 1 to 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes, until thickened. Set aside. If not using immediately, cool to room temperature and refrigerate.
3) To make the ribs: Rub top surface of ribs with liquid smoke. Sprinkle top surface of each rack with 1 teaspoon dry rub. Turn and sprinkle bottom surface of each rack with 1 teaspoon dry rub. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 250° F. Remove covering from racks. Place on an aluminum foil lined baking pan or cookie sheet. Cover pan with foil and bake in preheated oven for 3-1/2 hours. While ribs are cooking, remove sauce from refrigerator and warm. Remove ribs from oven. Let rest for 10 minutes, remove foil and drain accumulated liquid. Spread both sides of ribs with barbecue sauce, return to oven and bake, uncovered for an additional 30 minutes. Serve hot. Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Garlic Herb Pork Chops

Sorry, I have been not blogging lately.  I admit, I have been occupied with my other hobby whick is Paper Crafts. But here is a super easy Pork Chop recipe. You will be able to pull out an amazing dinner in no time. I prepared this for a dinner of 4 and they loved it. Since there were only 3 ingredients, this was not difficult at all.  I didn;t even need taking a trip to the store. A very simple recipe yet very flavorful and tasty. Everybody enjoyed this dish.

Garlic Herb Pork Chops Recipe
Source: McCormick

4 bone-in pork chops, 1/2-inch thick (about 1 1/2 pounds)
4 teaspoons McCormick® Garlic Herb Seasoning
2 tablespoons oil

Cooking Directions: 

1. Coat pork chops evenly on both sides with Seasoning Blend.
2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add pork chops; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until desired doneness, turning once.
3. Serve and enjoy ! Please share!
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