Tuesday, December 18, 2007

"That's a BIG pile of rolls!" quote by my daughter

I finally set aside a day for ONLY baking (and tending to children...a little). We deliver a little Christmas cheer to our neighbors, 16 of them on our cul de sac, every year. I loved that tradition growing up, and I want to continue it with my own family; arguments, bad attitudes and all :) (my brothers will remember that well, I'm sure). So, all day, my boys and I made dough, let it rise, and rolled each butter-dipped piece into over 100 crescent rolls! The boys love to help me in the kitchen, so it was entertainment for all. When Emily was home from school, she helped wrap and put ribbons and name tags on each gift. I did not want let this family project become a "mom" project.
These recipes are simple and delicious! I highly recommend them. The rolls are a bit time consuming, but worth it, in my opinion.

Crescent Rolls:
(this recipe, compliments of my friend, Mary)
5 c. flour
1 cube butter, softened
1 c. milk, lukewarm
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 Tbs. salt
1 1/2 Tbs. yeast in 1/2 c. warm water

Mix flour and butter with pastry blender or hands, until crumbly. In separate bowl, mix milk, beaten eggs, sugar and salt. Add yeast & water combo. to the egg mixture. blend lightly. Combine wet ingredients with Flour mixture. Mix with hands until doughy.
Cover dough with plastic and a warm towel. Let rise double (about 3 hrs.). divide into 3rds. Roll out 1/3 into a circle and cut like a pizza. Melt another cube of butter. Dip each piece in butter, then roll from wide end. place on a baking sheet, let rise again, 30 min. Bake @ 400 for 10-12 Min. Repeat with each section of dough. Enjoy warm rolls with the delicious butter! YUM!

Cranberry Butter:
2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. raspberry jam with seeds
1 can whole cranberry sauce
3 Tbs. powdered sugar.

add all ingredients in blender and blend 5 min. until butter is whipped and blended well.

So, after getting our hands a little doughy, we washed up, wrapped some up, ate a few, and wished each neighbor a Merry Christmas with our not-so-harmonic singing. It made for a great FHE activity.


Marie - Mother of the Bird Nest said...

Go Kelly! It's my exact perfect picture of sharing the Christmas cheer with my neighbors. Thank you for so generously sharing your yummy recipes with us. I am always looking for more delicious tempting recipes.

Anonymous said...

YEAHHHH for Traditions!! We just passed our neighbors gifts out in our cul-de-sac for the 32nd year. Now the grandkids get to help and SING. It is so fun. Your treats look delicious and festive. Way to go Southwell Gang!!! G'ma loves you all
Love and HUGS MOM/G'ma

merideth said...

what a cute family you all are! that basket would have been gobbled up in seconds at our home. yumm yumm

Hull Family said...

That is a "big pile of rolls" and they look WONDERFUL!!! You are such a good and patient mom. What a fun treat to give to your neighbors. If that showed up on my doorstep, I would be in heaven! Cute tradition.

sheena said...

You are such a Martha!!! I'm so glad you got your day of baking!!

The Close's Place said...

I wish I were your neighbor. Those treats look great!!!

Dad said...

why oh why did jack have to be ornery the moment those delectable rolls popped out of the oven?

I missed my chance...

Thanks for the recipe, but I have a feeling I will be needing some one-on-one tutoring with the rolls!

Dad said...

um...that comment under "dad" is from ali.

Olive-us said...

I wish I was your neighbor!!! Those rolls look delicious! What a fun day you all had. Kelly, you're swell. I'm sure your mother is very proud of you keeping up the family tradition.

sheena said...

LOVING the new header. Ryan, are you available for hire??

ARe you guys home??