Saturday, August 28, 2010

ozzie rolls

There's a group of restaurants in northern Virginia, that makes these wonderful Ozzie rolls. Fried balls of bread, kind of like a little doughnut, or a tiny beignet, served with whipped butter and poppy seeds. They're best served hot, and they're even better with a dab of sugar.

I've altered and combined a couple of recipes to come up with this:

almost Ozzie Rolls

In a bowl, add:
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp instant dry yeast
In a separate bowl combine the following in mixer using paddle attachment:
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 can evaporated milk
When mixed, slowly incorporate the flour/yeast mixture and beat until smooth, then add:
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted, room temperature
On the mixer change to the hook attachment. While beating on medium speed, slowly add:
  • 5 3/8 cup bread flour
add the last cup of flour 1-2 Tbsp at a time. The dough will be come smooth and elastic and will begin to knead itself on the sides of the bowl. Continue for approximately 5 minutes. Shape dough into a ball.

Spray another bowl with nonstick cooking spray or lightly coat with oil. Place dough in bowl and toss gently to coat dough ball with oil. Cover with wax paper, then a towel and place in warm dry place to rise for 2 hours.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out until 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares and fry in 350Degree oil to approximately 3 minutes, turning frequently.
Remove from oil and drain on rack or paper towels.

Serve hot, with whipped butter. They're also good with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. I like them with Nutella.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

a southern breakfast

Creamy sausage gravy with petite butter biscuits.

Comfort food, yummy and fattening, just what I need. Well, not the fattening part anyway. Many years ago, my first attempt at a sausage gravy, ended in disaster. This one came out pretty good.

Sawmill Gravy from Alton Brown
My Changes
  • Used butter to make the roux as the sausage did not yield enough fat
Biscuits from Paula Deen
My Changes
  • Brushed butter on top of biscuits prior to baking.
  • Baked in Cake pan, as I have no skillet.
No pictures as it was gone before I could find the camera, but I think I'll make it again.