Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
That's it on the driveway. Can you see it? Tiny, little frozen pellets.
Friday, December 26, 2008
1 1/4 cups warm water
1/2 cup butter, softened and chunked up
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup milk powder (the dry stuff in a box)
1/4 cup instant mashed potato ﬂakes
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 7/8 cups bread ﬂour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Hit the dough cycle. Go on a nice, long walk with the entire family; it's going to take a while.
Once thatʼs done, grab little bits of dough off - really whatever size youʼd like. Probably about a tablespoon or so. Itʼs a messy, sticky dough. Donʼt say you havenʼt been warned. You can try “ﬂouring” your hands and that helps.
Stormy was watching this part from the doorway between the living room and kitchen, by the way, while Zim, Ammy and I were on sentry duty in the bedroom. Apparently when Mom wrote out the recipe she didn't mention the step Storm saw her do at this point - knock the newly purchased bag of bread flour over and have it land open-side down. Ha woooo. Stormy said it was a highly amusing step and doesn't know why Mom left it out of her write-up. Even the Dyson got to help with these!
Roll the dough around, forming nice balls and put on cookie sheets you sprayed with non-stick spray. Space them an inch or more apart.
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about an hour, or until doubled. (Mom sprays her plastic wrap with non-stick spray, too - it helps.)
Guard the rising kolache carefully.
I was very good at that part. And it's when I became VERY interested in them! You should smell that dough!
Once doubled, make an indentation in each ball - Mom uses two ﬁngers on each hand and just pokes a nice well in there. Fill with the topping of your choice.*
Cover again and let rise for another 1/2 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Uncover kolaches and bake for 13 - 15 minutes - until lightly browned.
After you remove them from the oven, you can brush the dough with melted butter - Mom forgot this time and it didn't really seem to matter.
Cool kolache on a wire rack.
This makes about 4 dozen, depending on how big you make them.
You can also sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
*A note about the filling: What should that be? Mom's favorite is to use the filling sheʼd use for a lemon meringue pie. Or cherry pie. Can you take a short cut and use canned ﬁlling? Or pudding? Are you crazy? Of course! Or any of the Solo canned things like poppy seed ﬁlling or almond filling. In the past, Mom has done a mix of 4 oz. of cream cheese, blended with 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar, a tablespoon or so of milk, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon.
You can also put breakfast type ﬁllings in (sausage, cheese, eggs, hash browns - cooked, if appropriate) and seal it into the dough. :)
This is how Mom's (and mine) came out:
Mmmm....! Who wants to come over for kolache!?!?
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tail wags, love, play bows, and luv,
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Pretty good, don't you think? Some of you have told me that Santa might bring you new beds! If he does, you may want to try that one. I got lots of "Oh, look at how CUTE she is!" remarks out of that. And some nose smoochies.
Mom kept thinking we might hold paws, but we didn't. Do you like how I have my paws crossed like the sweet girl I am? Here's a closer look:
Monday, December 22, 2008
...then my kid brother:
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Dave is on the left and Storm is on the right. (Remember, Storm is red, Dave is purple, Zim is blue and I am green!) Here's a single shot of Davy: