Monday, December 22, 2008

Rosemary Lovin

Right before I left to go home, the heat of my apartment got to my Rosemary Tree :( I picked off all I could, and got to work!

I made some Rosemary Peanuts, based on this recipe, just using different nuts.

The bulk of what I had left went into some Rosemary Rolls, which were fantastic (yes, i had one fresh out of the oven! At least it was only 11pm this time :)) but I wish I had more rosemary in them! Nice crispy crust, fabulous texture (crumb?) inside, I was pretty excited at the way these turned out.

Rosemary Rolls
adapted from Two Fat Als
Yield: 12

1/2 packet dry active yeast
1/2 tbsp white sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter, softened (I used Smart Balance 50/50, as that's all i have at the moment)
chopped fresh rosemary (I probably had ~1/4-1/3 cup, and could've easily added double that)
2 1/4c AP flour, plus more if needed (I needed more)
1c whole wheat pastry flour
1T vital wheat gluten
olive oil, for brushing (might also be good with some kosher salt dusted after the olive oil too!)

In a large bowl, add yeast to warm water and sugar and let sit ~5min, until foamy.

Add milk, egg, salt, butter, rosemary, 1c AP flour, 1c WW pastry flour, and gluten to the yeast mixture and stir. Add remaining AP flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough has come together and starts pulling from wall of the bowl. If it's sticky, add more flour as necessary. Knead dough on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (8 min? i don't time it). Place dough in lightly oiled large bowl and cover. Let rise until doubled in volume, ~1hr.

Grease a baking sheet. Once risen, deflate the dough and divide it into 12 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball, and place onto the baking sheet. Cover the rolls with a warm, damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in volume again, about 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 350, brush rolls with a bit of olive oil, and make cross-hatches on the dough with a knife (i wasn't very enthusiastic here...). Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

And that about does it with the uni-colored food photos for the day!!


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Ahh, so sorry about your Rosemary Tree :-( But maybe it was meant to be, since it provoked you to create such tantalizing Rosemary peanuts and rolls!! :-)

Erica said...

Bummer that your tree died! I need to start using mine before it dies! Those rolls look awesome!

Anonymous said...

RIP little tree. I love those rolls, but the peanuts look seriously addictive. I enlarged the picture to look at them actually. Nerd alert!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Oh no! Poor little tree :o/

Meg said...

Love your creative use of the rosemary! Never thought to use it to flavor peanuts!

Darius T. Williams said...

I absolutely love rosemary and I bet those rolls were damn good!


Anonymous said...

sorry about the tree but at least you got some delicious and unique peanuts out of it!

Reeni said...

Those rolls look amazing! The peanuts, too. You put it to good use!

Esi said...

Nice use for the rosemary. It has become one of my favorite herbs the last few months.

Every Gym's Nightmare said...

aw poor Rosemay :(

Kelly Turner

Sara said...

Sorry about your tree - I have a giant rosemary bush in my yard, I think it'll be there until the end of time. Your food looks great.

Anonymous said...

Mm you certainly put the rosemary to good use!! Those peanuts look so good and the rolls...don't get me started on the rolls! I am such a bread lover - I'll take the whole basket, please!! :o)

Anonymous said...

Wow, those rolls look good enough to sell in a bakery.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I can practically smell all of the rosemary now...! That bread sounds amazing.

Maggie M. said...

Rosemary is definitely one of my favorite herbs. These sound great!

Bridget said...

Yum Rosemary!! Those rolls look awesome! Theres NOTHING like fresh out of the oven good! At least you put the rosemary to good use!

lauren said...

oh man, those rolls looks great. have a great holiday!

Anonymous said...

The rolls looks so yummy! I want one right now!!! :D

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