I’m still on a moving process (except the kitchen, that was the first one to be ready for use, of course), so there is no Christmas decor in here. I don’t even have money for the decor.
So yesterday, while I was resting after a small surgery on my neck, I got this little gift from Freddie. According to Mr. Boyfriend, he picked the right one and used the credit card with his small paws.
This small pine is my Christmas decor for 2014, the first one living alone. Of course I’ll be spending the dinner at my parent’s house. I’m thinking about taking something to the dinner table, preferably a dessert. I’m torn apart between a chocolate pie or a giant verrine with strawberries and cream.
I’d take these dinner rolls, but there’s already too much savory food. But I do recommend you make them for your family! It’s very delicious. I ate three as soon as I made them. A good tip is to make them until step 8, then bake only when it’s time to serve.
Garlic dinner rolls
Yields: 10 rolls in a 10 inch round pan
1 cup (250ml) warm milk (at 95°F)
3 tablespoons (35g) sugar
1 tablespoon active dry-yeast
2 tablespoons (28g) melted butter
3 cups (330g) flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
more flour if needed
3 tablespoons (42g) butter
2 garlic cloves
1 – I made them in my KitchenAid with the dough hook, but you can make them by hand in a bowl. I’ll teach botch ways: add to your mixer bowl or a big bowl the milk and sugar, and stir until it dissolves.
2 – Add the yeast and mix it. Let it react for about five minutes, until it starts to bubble. If it doesn’t, it means either your milk was too hot or your yeast was dated. You need to start over.
3 – Add the melted butter and the egg. Then, add the first cup of flour. Start beating in minimum speed or mixing with a fork.
4 – Add more flour until you get to the three cups. At this point, the dough should be releasing from the sides of the bowl in your mixer and climbing the hook. By hand, it should be almost releasing from your fingers (be sure to wash your hand before testing). If you don’t get to this point, add more flour a tablespoon at a time.
5 – Let the dough beat for about 5 minutes in low speed. By hand, you need to work the dough on a floured surface until elastic, for about 10 minutes or so. Add more flour as you go so it won’t stick to your countertop.
6 – Grease a bowl with oil and place the dough inside. Leave it to rise in a warm place for 50 minutes.
7 – Butter and flour the pan you’ll be baking them into. The dough should be doubled in size. Smack it down and shape the balls inside the pan. Let them rise again for another 20 minutes.
8 – While that’s working, melt the butter in the microwave or stovetop with the garlic. Brush the mixture on top of the rolls after they’ve risen.
9 – Preheat your oven to 390°F. When it’s hot, bake the rolls for 10 minutes, or until they are brown. Open your oven in the middle of the time to brush more butter and garlic on top. I did this three times because, you know, garlic equals life.
Serve as soon as they leave your oven, with even more butter! The presentation is beautiful and it’s ideal to the Christmas table. If you really like garlic, like REALLY, as I do, you can also sprinkle some dry garlic bits on top of the rolls while they bake.
How was your Christmas decor?