As some of you know, we’ve moved into a new house recently. I have a brand new kitchen! While I’m still perfecting cooking with gas, I have officially endorsed steam ovens! (I mentioned this before, but if you don’t have one, you can replicate it by filling a ceramic bowl or pan with water, and putting it in the oven whilst baking. I used to bake certain breads that way, but I’m telling you, it’s the way to create moist, chewy bread.)
So, because we’ve been kicking up quite a bit of dust, we gave our neighbors some pledge wipes and these in an Easter sack. They were a hit!
The name is quite misleading actually, because these aren’t sweet at all. They are a perfect dinner or lunch roll. Dip them in a soup, or couple them with a nice leafy green salad.
They bake to golden perFECtion.
Or if you are feeling really spicy, dip this in a bit of queso. (Like a soft pretzel and cheese!) But hear me say, that’s not the healthiest option! But oh so good.
I had the best light when snapping these, so I got a little wild with the snapping.
I got this recipe from health.com, and only slightly adapted it. Check out the original here.
This is a perfect Saturday or Sunday, whole family recipe. Have the everyone make their own shapes with the dough. Super fun and festive!
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast (or 1 pkg)
- 1 cup warm milk
- 3/4 cup mashed sweet potatoes
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided (optional)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 5 cups bread flour, divided `
- 1. Fill a pot with water. Add the potatoes, and bring to a boil. Cook, boiling, for 10 minutes. They are done when fork pierces a potato easily. Drain and mash.
- 2. Dissolve yeast in warm milk in a large bowl.
- 3. Add the sweet potatoes, 1 Tbsp butter, salt and egg yolks. Stir up.
- 4. Lightly spoon in the flour to a measuring cup, and add 4 to 4 1/2 cups, stirring til it forms a soft dough. Add more flour if needed. (use a bread hook or bread machine if possible, or grab a/use your muscular arm to stir.)
- 5. Knead for about 8 minutes. It will become elastic. Add bits of flour if it gets sticky while kneading.
- 6. Spray a large bowl, and place dough in, turning it once to coat it. Cover with a towel and let rise for 45 minutes. (We went and played a soccer game here.) :)
- 7. Punch down and divide into 24 portions. (I just grabbed handfuls and went with it, but if you are organized, divide it up first.)
- 8. Cover the dough you aren't working with, and roll each portion into a long snake-like rope, and knot it together. I like to tuck in the ends underneath. Make any shape you'd like! Let your kids do this part, too.
- 9. After you're done shaping the dough, place them onto a lightly sprayed cookie sheet or pan. Cover again and let rise for 30 minutes.
- 10. Preheat oven to 400. Place a bowl of water in the oven for steam!
- 11. Put one pan on bottom rack and one on middle/top rack. Cook for 8 minutes, and switch positions, cook for 7 or so more.
- 12. health.com said to tap on the rolls, and if they sound hollow, they're done! I like that test.
- 13. Brush the tops with the rest of the butter. (2 Tbsp) Enjoy!