Breads & Sweet Rolls

The Ultimate SOFT Dinner Roll Recipe

The Ultimate SOFT Dinner Roll Recipe

My mother in law is a really talented cook and baker, and I have shared a lot of her awesome recipes over the course of this Blog–but the one I am most excited about passing on–the one that everyone LOVES– is this one. I have posted a couple of roll recipes before–a beginner’s recipe that is so fool-proof it’s almost impossible to get wrong, and one that is crusty and delicious and looks pretty! But this is the ultimate SOFT, delicious dinner roll recipe. It is a little harder to master, which is why I wrote down some really specific tricks and tips! But I guarantee you the effort will be WAY worth it–and that they will be the softest dinner rolls you have ever tried. She published the recipe in a local church cookbook years ago, and everyone who has tried to recreate them has failed… so my sister and law and I teased her that she purposefully left out a key ingredient, or secret, and that is why we decided to watch her like a hawk and take notes last time she baked them! I went home and tested the recipe as I had written it–and it was perfect! They came out warm and soft and pillowy and sweet! Thanks Daneen for letting us share your “secret” recipe! I don’t “hope” you love it, as I usually write. I “know” you all will!
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Quick & Easy Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Quick & Easy Traditional Irish Soda Bread

I don’t know why I get so excited about St. Patrick’s… i’m not Irish {although I am 1/4 Irish!} I don’t drink. I HATE getting pinched because I don’t own anything in the color green, and I can’t even spell lepricorn! Haha. But honestly, I do LOVE  Ireland and think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world {esp.  since it’s on the same island as my home and all!} ;-) And I love good excuses to just celebrate! This weekend we’re going to the St. Patrick’s day parade in Spokane, which will be fun. But until then, I thought it might also be fun to theme my posts around rainbows and gold and green, and all things irish.
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Mini Double Streusel Pumpkin Bread

Mini Double Streusel Pumpkin Bread

This weekend my boys went to Seattle, and left us girls home alone, so we had some fun baking together. We made a pumpkin streusel bread {mostly because the boys both hate pumpkin, and us girls love it, so we seized the opportunity!} But we accidentally put too much mixture in the bread pan, and it over-flowed in my oven, smoking out my entire kitchen, and even though the bread had been in the oven for over an hour and a half, it wasn’t even nearly cooked through! So it was just a complete disaster. In fact, when I cut into it, and all the batter spewed out, it made my daughter gag, and she refused to try it! She is hilarious!
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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Today was just one of those days where I needed chocolate, and since I had some bananas that needed using, I thought i’d make double chocolate banana bread. It turned out perfectly–crisp on the outside, super moist on the inside, and the dark chocolate made it nice and rich, without being ‘too much!’ This recipe is definitely a keeper! I hope you guys all love it too!

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Dark Chocolate Cherry Chimichangas

Dark Chocolate Cherry Chimichangas

I have noticed that I don’t tend to bake or make desserts unless there’s a special occasion, or reason to– but tonight I had tons of left-over cherries from dinner, and decided to make something super yummy with them, just because I was in the mood! There’s no better pairing for cherries than dark chocolate, so I already had those two ingredients figured out, and then I remembered a recipe I pinned on pinterest a really long time ago for apple pie chimichangas, and decided to make dark chocolate cherry versions! Some people have told me that I am really “brave” because I make all of these crazy things {they say “exotic” to be polite}, but actually–my husband is the brave one, because I make him try everything first. He absolutely loved these, and went back for more before I could even take my first bite! Not only were these super delicious, rich and just pure heaven on earth, but they were SO quick and easy to make too {I think 5 minutes start to finish}. So this recipe is definitely a new <3!
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