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To be a Sausage Roll, or not to be….that is the question.

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To be a Sausage Roll, or not to be….that is the question.

Hi I’m Kari West, from rural Girard, and I am hijacking Connie Kaye’s Kitchen Blog this week. I am going to share a recipe for some of the most versatile, yet easiest yeast bread dough you will ever make and turn into a family favorite breakfast of homemade sausage and cheese rolls. (This recipe is a copy cat inspired by Johnson’s Daylight Donuts in Fort Scott.)

I met Connie nearly 20 years ago when working in Fort Scott, and she introduced me to these tasty little treats.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
1 Batch of Best Ever Dough
1 lb of Sausage (I like to use Hillshire Farms Polish Sausage or Beef)
Cheese (Velveeta, Pepper Jack, Gouda, all work well)
Milk to baste the rolls.

A little preview of what’s to come:

Bread Dough:
1 c. Warm Milk
1 TBSP Instant Dry Yeast
2 TBSP Sugar
1 TSP Salt
3 TBSP Softened Butter
1 Egg
3 c. All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Vanilla

A couple of pro-tips: Preheat your oven to 125 degrees. (Trust me on this one.) And I use my stand mixer to do the heavy lifting.

So let’s get started:
In the mixer bowl, combine warm milk, yeast, sugar, salt, butter and eggs. Add in the flour and use your dough hook to mix at a low speed. Once the flour starts to incorporate, increase to medium speed.

The dough mixture should be tacky, but not stick to your hands. It should be soft. You can add a little more flour if needed. Transfer the dough to lightly greased mixing bowl. (I use my Grandma Antonetti’s Bread Crock.) Cover loosely with Press & Seal or wax paper. Shut OFF oven. Place covered bowl in warm oven for 1 hour to rise. The dough will double in size.

While it is rising, lightly grease a baking sheet. Use this time to cut sausage into quarters lengthwise, and cheese to match. (Really anything you want to stuff in them.) When your hour is up, take the dough out of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

On a generously floured surface, punch and dump the dough. Use rolling pin to roll into a 12 inch x 18 inch rectangle. Rolled dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into squares (I use a pizza cutter), place cheese, sausage and bring ends together, and then roll the other pinching the seams to keep the cheese in the roll during baking. Place on baking sheet and brush with milk or melted butter. (At this point, you can add jalapeños on top, Everything but Bagel seasoning, etc.)

Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce. (We like Jalapeno Ranch or Spicy Mustard). This same dough can be used to make a basic loaf of bread, chop into small pieces for Monkey Bread, Cinnamon Rolls, or roll thin and par-bake for Pizza Crust.

Thank you to my good friend Kari for dropping by this week. Give these a whirl (printable recipe below) — so amazing, and for more scratch made favorites or life on the farm, follow her on Instagram and Facebook @CustomCreationsbyK

And before you go, follow me for more good food and fun!

~Connie Kaye

Sausage Rolls

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Ingredients
1 C. warm milk
1 TBSP Instant Dry Yeast
2 TBSP Sugar
1 TSP Salt
3 TBSP Softened Butter
1 Egg
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. All Purpose Flour
Sausage and cheese of choice

Preheat oven to 125 degrees. Combine first 6 ingredients and add in the flour. Use your dough hook if you are using a stand mixer at low speed. Once the flour starts to incorporate, increase to medium speed. The dough mixture should be tacky, but not stick to your hands. It should be soft, and add a little more flour if needed. Transfer the dough to lightly greased mixing bowl and cover loosely with Press & Seal or wax paper.

Shut OFF the oven, and place covered bowl in warm oven for 1 hour to rise (the dough should double in size). While it is rising, lightly grease a baking sheet. Use this time to cut sausage into quarters lengthwise, and cheese to match.

When your hour is up, take the dough out of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a generously floured surface, punch and dump the dough. Use a rolling pin to roll into a 12 inch x 18 inch rectangle. Rolled dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into squares (pizza cutter works amazing), place cheese, sausage and bring ends together, and then roll the other pinching the seams to keep the cheese in the roll during baking. Place on baking sheet and brush with milk or melted butter, and add whatever you wish to the top (or nothing…). Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce if desired.

I FINALLY made homemade rolls – successfully!

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My maiden name might be Baker, but I’m not a very good baker.  Stuff turns out decent, but that’s not my specialty.  However, my mother-in-law Debbie gave me her Kitchen Aid mixer (love it and her) and the responsibility of making rolls for the holidays (stress), so I went on my maiden roll-making voyage today.  Holy moly.  Hers are delish, so there are some big shoes to fill.

She does cloverleaf rolls, so I stuck with what works.  They are in the final stage of rising, so I plan to take a pic and add to this post when they’re out of the oven.  (Hope I’m not speaking too soon)  Anyway, the really neat part is that she always makes them ahead of time and doesn’t bake them completely.  They freeze excellent in freezer bags and you just give them 10-12 minutes in the oven on the big day.    Actually, they would be great as gifts at the holidays.

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The hubster just snarfed one and gave me the thumbs up!  Happy baking!

~Connie Kaye

Dinner rolls

  • Servings: 3 doz
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Ingredients:

Ingredients:
9 to 10 cups of flour
1/2  cup sugar
4 tsp salt
2 pkg yeast
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 1/2 cups of water
1/2 cup butter

In mixer, thoroughly stir together 3 cups of flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 4 tsp salt and 2 pkg of yeast.

Combine water, milk and butter in sauce pan.  Heat over low heat until very warm.  Add liquids to dry ingredients and beat for two minutes at medium speed, scraping occasionally.  Add another cup of flour and beat at high speed for two minutes.  Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough.  Turn out on a light floured board and knead until smooth (elastic 8 or so minutes)

Place in greased bowl, turning so the top is greased.  Cover and let rise in warm place free from draft until doubled.  (about 1 hour).

Punch down like Ronda Rousey and turn out on floured board.  Grease cupcake tins and make into desired shapes.  Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.

Bake at 275 for 20-25 minutes until rolls are just starting to change color.  Cool in pans for 20 minutes.  Remove and finish cooling on wire rack.  Place and plastic bags and refrigerate for up to one week or freeze.

Just before serving, bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.  Butter tops after removing from oven.

Note:  I halved this recipe and had about 18 rolls

Holidays headed our way!

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It seems as though fall is bread baking time.  My mom was famous for a scrumptious pumpkin bread recipe, and I’ve continued making it for family and friends.  When I said “family”, I didn’t realize that my main man was eating it, but didn’t really like pumpkin bread.  For like 10 years.  Apparently he’s a banana bread fan.  So, I’m sharing both with you today.  I’ve tried some NASTY banana bread recipes, but finally found a good one that I’ve hung on to.  The only thing about making banana bread is the little gnats that appear when you buy bananas.  I cured this problem by leaving them in the plastic grocery bag that I brought them home in.

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Hope you enjoy, and have fun getting ready for the holidays.  AND, don’t forget those who are serving or who have served our country!

~Connie Kaye

Banana Bread

  • Servings: 1 loaf
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Ingredients:

Cream until fluffy:  1/2 cup margarine & 1 cup sugar.  Add 2 eggs and mix well.

Add:  3 bananas, 1 tsp vanilla, and either chopped walnuts or pecans.

Sift together and add to the above just until blended:
2 cups flour, sifted
1 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt

Pour into greased and wax paper lined loaf pan(s) – depending on size of pan.  Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees

Pumpkin Bread

  • Servings: 1 loaf
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Ingredients:

Grease and flour loaf pans, and preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together:

3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 can pumpkin
2/3 cup water
1 tsp each cinnamon & nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3 1/3 cup flour
2 tsp soda