Monday, February 27, 2012

Baked Sweet Potato Chips!




Who doesn't LOVE sweet potato chip/fries??
Oh they are so addictive!

But friends, we cannot keep eating those delicious fried kind...
BUT here's an alternative that you don't have to feel bad AT ALL eating a whole tray full! you can spice it however your heart desire. I did mine at first with salt, pepper and curry powder. Later, I got lazy and just seasoned with salt. They are SUPER crispy and it's done in about 10 min!

I have a mandolin. But not those big ones you see on cooking shows. I have these. They come in handy more than you think, in my kitchen anyway. I have un-adjustable kind, so my chips come out VERY thin: Especially after it's baked. I imagine if the mandolin allowed for a tiny bit thicker slices, the chips will be more sturdy for heavy dips. But I make these to eat just as is, so I've no problem with think and crispy chips!

1. slice them
2. toss in a very big bowl with about 1 tbs of oil and whatever seasoning you want.


3. Arrange them on a non stick baking sheet, so they are not over lapping.
4. Bake at 320 for about 10-15 min. I would flip them after 6-7 min.


When they are not limp any more, they are done! actually, even if they seem a little moist, if the edges are browning, most likely it will firm up even after you take them out of the oven.

Devour.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Yeast rolls





First time I tackled bread in a long... long time.

1st time: I was in high school, I made a batch of VERY dry, traditional Japanese sweet red bean paste filled bun.

2nd time: 3 years ago... tried those 5 minute dutch oven bread: hard as a rock.

SO, I took a break for a while from bread making. Nobody likes to fail all the time.


I don't remember why, but I wanted to make yeast rolls. I love them. I especially love them when I go to a restaurant and they are free. I like the yeasty, fluffy, slightly sweet rolls. And these are IT!!
My husband recently bought some packages of yeast, and since I had all other ingredients needed, that became my Saturday project. I know my batch wasn't perfect: I over baked a bit, so the bottoms were real crunchy, BUT the inside was still so fluffy, moist, and sweet! Loved them with some salted butter. I did use salted butter for the dough, but the finished product still needed something extra (salted butter) for the finish. I highly recommend this as your next bread project.

Oh yeah, I ate three that evening.

I looked and looked for a perfect looking recipes. Of course with my limited experience, I had to rely on the photos and comments of the other bloggers, and I chose to use this one.


my foamy yeast mixture, flour, and butter sugar mixture



When it came together. It just takes a second.



Picture doesn't do any justice. Yum.



Soft and Fluffy Pillow Rolls
(Adapted from Allrecipes)
Yield: 12 to 16 rolls

Ingredients
1/2 cup warm (not hot) water
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 egg
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
1 egg white
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Coarse salt

Directions
  1. Dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in warm water; let sit for about 10 minutes. Warm milk in a saucepan until it just begins to bubble. Remove pan from heat, stir in butter and remaining sugar until butter is melted, and allow to slightly cool for a few minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine yeast and milk mixtures. Add egg and stir to combine. Gradually stir in flour and knead on a lightly floured surface about 10 minutes, until dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  3. Punch down risen dough. Divide dough into 12 to 16 pieces and roll into balls. Place balls in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish; cover and let rise another 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. Brush tops of dough balls first with the egg white, then with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle coarse salt over tops. Bake in preheated oven 10 to 15 minutes or until tops are lightly golden.