One great thing about Facebook & Pinterest – the recipes. The bad thing about those recipes, many get you excited only to leave you feeling miserably disappointed. Money doesn’t grow on trees, so wasting bucks on ingredients creating something that doesn’t taste all that great, well, that’s a huge kick in the gut.
Luckily, we learn from experience and while that doesn’t mean we just give up on trying new things, it does mean we can spot, “what wont work”, head on. I did that the other night when someone on my Friend’s List was showing up a cool video of something that reminded me of Cinnamon Yeast Rolls, but instead of the Cinnamon and Sugar, they were rolled up and baked with Ham & Cheese. In their version, the recipe called for one of the many kinds and versions of “Canned Biscuits.”
I HATE BREAD DOUGH THAT COMES FROM A CAN. You can call it biscuits, pizza crust, croissants, rolls or whatever the hell you want to call it. It all tastes the same – processed yuck. That being said, I thought this was an incredible idea minus the Canned Yuck. So, last night, I sat down and whipped up a version of MY OWN HOMEMADE YEAST BREAD DOUGH to make this heavenly, Ham & Cheese Comfort Food treat. AND, I know many of you are limited on time. You don’t have time to knead, let rise, then knead again only to let rise again. So we are going to use RAPID DRY YEAST and we are only going to KNEAD ONE TIME. Ready?
- 2 Large Eggs, Beaten
- 1/2 – 2/3 cup of Honey (Some people prefer a little sweeter than others. So your choice. Either 1/2 cup or 2/3 cup)
- 3 Individual packs of RAPID or INSTANT DRY YEAST
- 4 1/2 cups of unbleached Flour
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of Salt
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 & 1/2 cups of warm Milk (heated to 110 degrees)
- 1 Pound of Black Forest Ham (I get my sandwhich sliced.)
- 1 pack of sliced Swiss cheese (10-11 slices)
- 4-5 slices Deli American Cheese
- 1 Glass Pan
In one bowl, whisk together the dry yeast and 4 cups flour. Set aside.
In another bowl, beat eggs. Add salt and let dissolve.
In a glass measuring cup, heat milk in a microwave with butter. If you make it too hot, no worries. Just let it cool down a bit before you add it to the yeast. And don’t stress over it being a perfect 110 degrees. A degree here or there should kill it.
Add honey to milk and then all ingredients (egg, salt) to the flour and yeast.
Begin to mix. Adding a bit of flour of you need to until dough pulls from edges. Take to the counter and knead for 10 minutes or until the dough is nice and smooth. Dust the counter and your hands with the 1/2 excess flour and look, if you end up using a bit more, don’t panic. It is what it is. If you think you have used way too much, rub Crisco on your hands and begin working the dough. This helps to make it elastic and workable without using more flour.
Let dough rest for about five or ten minutes.
Next step, with a rolling pin, roll the dough into one big rectangle, like so…
Next, lay the ham out over it…
Then, the Swiss cheese and lastly, fill in the gaps with the American.
Roll the dough up placing the seam side down.
Place in glass pan
Cover with a warm towel – I usually pop one in the dryer and sit in a dry, warm place.
Let them rise to double or triple their size. Depending on the temperature of the house and the ham & cheese, this could take an hour or two. Maybe less. Last night, it was raining here so it took a few hours. The key to light bread or one of them, is letting it rise long enough. Some people panic and go by directions. If it says 40 minutes, they let it rise for 40 but sometimes it takes longer,,,,
Once it has risen, bake in an oven 375 or 400 degrees until golden brown. Brush tops with butter OR the sauce below (if you use the sauce, bake it with it on.) and serve HOT.
These are out of this world. If you try them, please tell me what you think.
Here is a sauce that went with the recipe/video that I found on Facebook. Me and the kids didn’t like it because its sweet, although my husband loved it. If you don’t want the sauce, don’t use it or brush the inside of the dough with mayo—or nothing at all. We had some with nothing and it was delicious. Nothing else needed. NOTHING.
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce.
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 stick of melted butter
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds.
Mix together, brush tops of rolls before you bake.
Again, this is a hot, amazing roll that can stand on it’s own or go great with soup or anything.