The Baker Upstairs: October 2018

10.08.2018

One Hour Crescent Rolls

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These one hour crescent rolls are so light and fluffy, and so easy to make, too!

These one hour crescent rolls are so light and fluffy, and so easy to make, too!

We've had a nice long stretch of cold and rainy weather here in Portland this week, and it is finally feeling like fall! I've already busted out my fleece jackets and fur-lined slippers, and I'm ready for all things cozy and warm. Of course, that means plenty of soup (my favorite food!) and plenty of fresh baked bread to go with it. When I have time to plan ahead, these crescent rolls are my absolute favorite. They're light and tender and heavenly, and have an amazingly soft texture. But on those nights when there's an hour until dinner time and I haven't planned anything out, one hour roll recipes are a lifesaver!

I've been making these one hour rolls for several years now (after getting the recipe from my very bestest of all friends Cortney) and they are truly fabulous. Just for fun, this time I decided to experiment with making the dough into crescent rolls. To my delight, it totally worked! The rolls came out light and fluffy on the inside, and crisp on the outside. Because they are one hour rolls, they will always come out a little heavier and denser than roll recipes with a longer rise time, but these crescent rolls are pretty darn close in texture to traditional rolls. We ate ours with our favorite cinnamon vanilla honey butter, and they were absolutely divine!

These one hour crescent rolls are so light and fluffy, and so easy to make, too!

If you're looking for some fabulous soup recipes to go with these rolls, this Panera-copycat broccoli cheddar soup, this instant pot chicken tortilla soup, and this tomato basil parmesan soup are my top three favorite soups! I make each of them at least once a month, and they are consistently delicious. Happy soup season!
One Hour Crescent Rolls

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all purpose flour, more or less as needed
3 tablespoons melted butter, separated

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water and let stand for five minutes, or until foamy. Add the butter, salt, and 3 cups of flour, and mix until combined. Add additional flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is only slightly sticky to the touch (be careful not to add too much flour!). Knead 3-5 minutes, until smooth. Cover and let rise 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 and line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. Gently punch the dough down and divide into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece out into a large circle, then spread with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Cut each circle into twelve wedges, then roll each wedge up, starting with the wide end, to form a crescent shape. Repeat with remaining dough. Let rise for an additional 15-20 minutes. Bake 13-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and brush with remaining melted butter. Let cool slightly before serving and enjoy!

adapted from The Little Red Hen
These one hour crescent rolls are so light and fluffy, and so easy to make, too!

10.01.2018

Gourmet Caramel Apples

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These gourmet caramel apples are made with the best homemade caramel, and taste just like the ones from the candy shop!

These gourmet caramel apples are made with the best homemade caramel, and taste just like the ones from the candy shop!

Can you believe it's October 1st already? Between buying a house, moving, and chipping away at the endless list of house projects that need to be done, I feel like the summer flew by for my family. It feels like I haven't been able to really catch my breath since we put in our offer way back in early June, and now months have passed in the blink of an eye. We're now firmly into fall, and it feels strange and sudden to me. October is always one of my favorite months, and I love doing all of our family traditions, like visiting the pumpkin patch, picking apples, trick or treating in the neighborhood, and making all of our favorite fall treats. 

These gourmet caramel apples are a tradition my girls look forward to every year. They're made with the most luscious homemade caramel, and made even more delicious by adding chopped candy bars, nuts, and crushed cookies. I got the recipe from Ella Claire several years ago, and they never disappoint. In the last few years, we've started inviting friends over to decorate apples with us, and that has definitely added another layer of fun to our tradition! Over the years, we have each developed our own favorite combination of flavors for our apples, and the apple below is my favorite. I've heard them called apple pie caramel apples before, and I would say that's a pretty apt name. They are covered in creamy white chocolate, with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. So delicious, and such a great combination of flavors!

These gourmet caramel apples are made with the best homemade caramel, and taste just like the ones from the candy shop!

My girls' favorite apples are the Snickers caramel apples below. They're covered in semi-sweet chocolate, then topped with chopped peanuts, and chopped Snicker's candies. They're the perfect combination of salty and sweet, and so tasty!

These gourmet caramel apples are made with the best homemade caramel, and taste just like the ones from the candy shop!

My husband's favorite apples are the cookies and cream apples below. They're spread with melted white chocolate, then drizzled with melted semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkled with crushed Oreo cookies. So, so good!

These gourmet caramel apples are made with the best homemade caramel, and taste just like the ones from the candy shop!

The sky is the limit with these apples, and you can really add anything you like to them! We've added M&M's, crushed butterfingers, toffee bits, crushed Nutter Butter cookies, chopped Reese's candies, walnuts, pecans, shredded coconut - you name it! They're always delicious. If you're making them in advance (like we do for our caramel apple parties), I would suggest dipping all of the apples in the caramel and letting them cool, then setting out the toppings and melting the chocolate when you're ready to start decorating. If you happen to have a fondue pot, it will help to keep the chocolate melted and easy to work with, but if not, you can just reheat it periodically when it starts to harden. You most definitely need to give these gourmet caramel apples a try!
Gourmet Caramel Apples

for the homemade caramel:
1 cup salted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

to make the gourmet caramel apples:
12 small to medium size green apples
12 popsicle sticks or caramel apple sticks
melting chocolate or candy melts
toppings of your choice (chopped candy bars, nuts, crushed cookies, cinnamon sugar, etc.)

Prepare the apples by scrubbing them clean and drying well. Insert a stick into each apple and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper. Refrigerate at least one hour.

To make the caramel, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt, and stir using a rubber spatula. Add the sweetened condensed milk slowly, stirring well to incorporate. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 235 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Dip each apple into the caramel, turning the apple around to coat all side. Let the excess caramel drip off the apple, and scrape a knife across the bottom of each apple to remove the excess. Place the apples back onto the baking sheet and let cool to room temperature.

To decorate the apples, start by melting the chocolate. Microwave at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. To decorate, use a knife or offset spatula to spread chocolate around the outside of the apple, leaving a small amount of caramel showing at the top. Sprinkle with desired toppings.
These gourmet caramel apples are made with the best homemade caramel, and taste just like the ones from the candy shop!
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