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Friday, April 24, 2009

Garlic Herb Rolls



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Oregon is a gorgeous state with pockets of beauty that will take your breathe away. Bob and I actively seek them out. It starts when one of us sees an obscure marker that veers off the beaten path. A glance, a nodding assent and then a sharp turn takes us onto the road less travelled. The hope is we'll find a place so beautiful that it will reveal the world as it should be. Naive? Perhaps, but we've found some transcendentally beautiful places.
If you blink you'll miss the marker that points the way to Loon Lake. Fortunately, we didn't blink and found this rainbow at its end. It's an isolated, fir-fragrant, untouched piece of yesterday. Folks who know this spot are its caretakers. The grounds are beautifully kept and it's a family kind of place. We love to show it to the unsuspecting and it's become our favorite picnic spot. It's the place where we had our first picnic of the year. Rather than pack a finished hamper, we grilled ribs in the campground and served them with Asian noodles and these wonderful Italian herb rolls. We'll talk about the ribs in a few weeks. My recipe today is for the rolls. They are extremely easy to do and packed with flavor. They have the texture of a bread and won't crush or flatten, so they're perfect picnic fare. They also freeze well. This is a good recipe for beginners. Oh, about Loon Lake...I'd tell you but...

Garlic Herb Rolls
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
12 large garlic cloves, peeled
1-1/2 cups milk + milk for glazing
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon table salt
2-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons dried, crushed Italian herb seasoning
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Coarse sea salt

Directions:
1) Place garlic cloves and milk in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Place in a blender jar and pulse to puree garlic. Set aside.
2) Place flour, salt, yeast and herbs in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
3) Add milk, oil and egg to dry ingredients. Mix with hands or a wooden spoon to form a dough.
4) Turn onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until soft and smooth, about 3 minutes.
5) Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover, let rise in a warm place until double in volume, about 1 hour.
6) Coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
7) Turn dough onto a work surface. Knead gently for a minute or two. Form into 8 rolls. Place on prepared baking. Lightly score top of rolls with a knife. Cover and let rise for 15 to 30 minutes. Brush rolls with reserved milk. Sprinkle with sea salt.
8) Bake until rolls are golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Cool. Yield: 8 rolls.

I'm sending this recipe to Cindy Star who is hosting Bread Baking Day #19. BBD is a popular food-blog event that was started by Zorra of Kochtopf.

36 comments:

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

First of all, what a beautiful place you had your picnic at. Second of all, these rolls look AMAZING!!! Pass the butter please.


Your fellow foodie blogger,

Jenifer

Ning said...

I cant resist this yummy garlic rolls! I promise I'm going to try this!!! :)

chocolatecup said...

oooh. i dont need butter on these!:)

Hootin' Anni said...

oh yes....gobs and gobs of real, rich, creamy butter! Anything garlic has my vote.

Now Loon Lake, and your picnic...are you gonna just leave us hanging here, wondering? Fine. Be that way. [kidding]

Copying this recipe for sure, I am.

Ginger said...

Mary I would absolutely love to go to Loon Lake. A perfect picnic spot!! If I had the opportunity to picnic there your Garlic Herb Rolls would be on the menu!! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place.

girlichef said...

Beautiful (the photo and the rolls)!

Natashya said...

I have heard so many wonderful things about Oregon. The photo is beautiful, so serene.
I do love garlic! Love the rolls!

Maris said...

These rolls look fabulous! I've been looking for a simple dinner roll recipe so I'm thrilled that I happened upon your blog today!

Carrie said...

These look so good! I love the beautiful golden color.

Mary said...

Hi Carrie, its good to see you here. Come again!

Mary said...

Hi, Maris. A quick welcome to my place. I hope you'll come often.

Barbara said...

Mary, when I come back to Oregon I'll have to twist your arm to tell me where it is. I agree Oregon is one of the most beautiful states. I keep a folder just with favorite places to visit. (hint, hint)
Rolls to take on a picnic will be a hit with all my winery friends.

Mary said...

We'll see, Barbara. We'll see.

The Cooking Photographer said...

I've really been enjoying these bread posts. This is another one I will use. Thanks Mary.

Debbie said...

We love Oregon...one of the most beautiful States in the nation!
We hike the east...the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa Lake.
...and the rolls do look great!

Mary said...

Debbie, Joseph is another of Oregon's hidden treasures. I remember the first time we approached the town thinking I was in Switzerland. Walloma lake and the Eagle Cap Wilderness - can't say enough about them either. We just wish we had found them sooner. Our legs are beginning to show their age.

The Blonde Duck said...

Love the story but love these rolls more. Can't wait for the RIBS!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Hello, Mary, and thank you for your visit today! I'm so glad I found your blog and those rolls look wonderful. I never met a garlic clove I didn't like ;)

Susan

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Right I know you'd tell me but then you'd have to shoot me ;o)
Garlic, count me in.

katskitchen said...

These rolls sound delicious!

Mary said...

Tanna, I hope you're having a great escape.

Juliana said...

WOW, these rolls look great! Very nice picture.

Karen said...

Loon Lake looks like a perfect place for a picnic. 12 cloves of garlic? That's what I like!

Lori said...

That looks so good and you certainly know I like garlic.

And those spots, how wonderful. I want my husband to take those turns with me. Some beautiful things can await. Up in Nova Scotia, nothing is marked, but the beauty, incredible, worth the exploration.

noble pig said...

I'll have to look for the Loon Lake marker, it looks as beautiful as these rolls.

Sylvia said...

I definitely try this recipe. Here, in home, we are mad about garlic

MaryBe said...

I followed the trail of bread crumbs, from Taste Spotter to here. These rolls look amazing!

Mary said...

Hi MaryBe, I'm so glad you followed the trail of crumbs. Come again ans again and again.

Penny said...

Mary, We have been traveling the back roads of the NC Mountains lately and the vistas are soothing to the soul. I have been craving home baked bread lately and think I will give these rolls a try. We just ordered some sour dough starter and want to experiment with that too.

Mary said...

Penny, it's so nice to meet kindred spirit.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

These rolls look really yummy!

Mary said...

Jerrie, I'm so glad you found us. I hope you'll become a regular visitor.

Kevin said...

Those rolls look good! I bet they smelled amazing while baking.

Patsyk said...

Gorgeous picture! Makes me want to seek out a place like that! Those rolls look perfect.. I'd love one with my dinner, please!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Mary,

I've tried that too. Your's is the only one I can't get to. I either visit on my phone now, or google you and visit the cashed copy.

Am I the only one?

Laura

Nancy Jane said...

Was catching up on your posts and spotted these garlic rolls in the 'you might also like' box. So glad I did! We'll still be in the clutches of the storm here in the northeast tomorrow and I'll make them to serve with the ravioli that I'm doing for dinner. A good find at the right time... Nancy

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