this is me being totally timely.
you’re welcome. for sending you this recipe a week after thanksgiving. when it will be at its most helpful to you. i look out for you like that.
i just figured i’d be your first “look at what i made on thanksgiving post” since i know they were lacking from your seventeen newsfeeds. i mean, why fret about the future – what am i going to get my dad this year for christmas that isn’t the equivalent of his buying me a coffeepot – when you can just relish in the past? i would very much like a coffeepot, by the way. but this is about you, not me.
and you, should’ve made these little guys on thanksgiving. i know, just wait until next week when i start singing christmas songs to your face. then you’ll really be annoyed with me.
i made these last year for the first time with just good ole pillsbury crescent rolls. it started with my love of grateful lists and since i make everything about food, i birthed this. everyone was all like “aw what a cute little idea”. so i set out to make them this year. but instead i made parker rolls with genuine, tender, loving, care and loved every step of it about as much as i loved the wine i drank while doing it.
and then everyone pulled a allmychristmaslightsaretangled moment and went all bahumbug when i asked them to fill out a note. except my sister. because she’s a real gem who loves me. away with the rest of ’em.
we sat at the table and went around reading our notes aloud. and then everyone was grinning bigger than everyone else but me. because it’s so corny but it’s also the whole point of the day and who doesn’t want to be reminded of how awesome their life is?
we keep ours anonymous just so we can guess who wrote what. and i also think it’s fun to put small things. not that you’re not thankful for your family or your health, but it’s fun to make it about things that others might not even know mattered so much to you.
let me tell you about my rolls. no, not those rolls. the parker ones.
they got my mother to eat carbs. oh gahhh, she’s going to hate that i just said that. sorry, mom. but my mom is one of those people who loves amazing food so she’s not a carb addict like the rest of us who practically dive across the table for the bread basket. but she ate these. and then raved about them. i would be less surprised than if they put me on oprah.
they’re like pretzels almost. that’s the closet thing i could compare them to. because i added lots of kosher salt to them. and then the sugar in the dough. it’s just sweet sweet music.
i know bread from scratch is a lotta work. but you get to eat carbs at the end. what’s a better reward than that?
i roll, you roll, we all roll.
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 stick of cold unsalted butter, cut into six pieces (it better be cold. i’m watching)
- extra melted butter to grease bowl
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup fairly hot water
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- place milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from stove, stir in the butter and sugar and set aside for a few minutes.
- pour dry yeast in warm water and let sit until foamy, it’ll take a few minutes. if it doesn’t foam, use a new package.
- combine milk mixture, eggs, yeast, half the salt, and 1/2 of the flour in a bowl and mix until smooth. Add the rest of the flour about 1/2 cup at a time, and stir until a smooth ball forms. if it’s still sticky, add a bit more flour.
- remove from the bowl and knead by hand on a floured surface for about 5 minutes.
- lather melted butter into bowl. place dough in greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place until it’s about double the size it was, about 60 to 70 minutes.
- again, on a floured surface, punch down the dough and shape into desired shapes. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. sprinkle with remaining kosher salt.
- cover again and let rise until doubled, about 30 to 40 minutes.
- Preheat the oven 350 degrees F.
- Have all your guests write down something they’re grateful for.
- Move dough to floured surface.
- Form dough into rolls, sticking a piece of parchment in each one.
- bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve and read aloud the grateful note inside!