Monday, October 24, 2011

Aunt Heidi's Rolls

These Rolls are so yummy, growing up we had them with every thanksgiving dinner that I can remember (and it was a good thing because my whole thanksgiving dinner was rolls and chocolate fluff… oh the sad sad life of a picky eater!!)

Aunt Heidi's Rolls

¼ C. Softened butter

¼ C. Sugar

1 TBS salt

3 C. hot water

2 eggs

8 C. bread flour

2 TBS rapid rise yeast

6 more TBS butter for the pan

With the rapid rise yeast you don't need to let it proof, you can just add it with the dry ingredients. Mix all of the ingredients together, cover and let it rise for one hour. Punch down the dough, separate it into 24 balls, then smooth out each ball. Melt butter on a baking sheet. Dip the top in butter and put it seam side down on a 9x13 baking sheet 4 across and 6 down. Let it rise for 20 more minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook for about 10 minutes, until they start to get golden. I always tear open the roll in the middle to make sure they are done… and I get to eat one piping hot straight from the oven, YUM!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Baked Ziti

This is like the easiest recipe and honestly I don’t love it because the sauce is a little overwhelming for me… I’m more of an alfredo girl, which now that I think about it is a great idea for next time!! But if you are fine with tomato sauce then this is for you! As you can see from the picture mine is seriously lacking in the cheese department... the cheesier the better, we just ran out!

Baked Ziti

1 lb box ziti

1 jar of spaghetti sauce

8 oz mozzarella cheese

½ C. Parmesan cheese

See I told you… easy! Cook the pasta until it is al dente. Drain the pasta and pour back into the pot. Pour the sauce over the pasta(I blend my sauce so it is smooth… I hate chunks in my sauce, it is the reason I never ate sauce growing up!!). Mix until the pasta is evenly coated. I like to throw in a handful of mozzarella cheese and mix it in. Pour into a 9x13 cake pan… I like to use a glass Pyrex. Level it out and top with the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.