BEST EVER LIGHT AND FLUFFY DINNER ROLLS
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package dry yeast
1 1/2 cups hot tap water
1/3 cup softened butter or vegetable shortening (I used margarine today)
Sift together two cups of the flour with the sugar, and stir in the yeast. With mixer at low speed, blend shortening or butter into the flour mixture. Add the hot water (the hottest it comes from your tap, all at once, with mixer running. Add the egg, and continue mixing.
Add in the remaining two cups flour to make a soft dough.
(At this point, I changed my mixer beaters for dough hooks and let the mixer knead the dough for about ten minutes and then put it into an oiled bowl to rise.)
OR YOU CAN DO IT THIS WAY.
Knead lightly on a floured board and shape into a ball. Put into an oiled bowl, cover with a towel, and allow to rise in a warm spot until doubled, about two hours. Punch dough down. At this point it can either be refrigerated or shaped in rolls or loaves and allowed to rise a second time until doubled. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven until barely brown. May be frozen after baking and reheated to serve.
Truly not a good time of year for a chocoholic to try and get back on a diet.
Coca Cola Ham
(9-10 lb.) fully cooked, bone-in Ham
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup of honey
1 can of regular Coke
Put the ham in a large baking pan, cut side down. Slice away hard outer skin from ham with a sharp knife, leaving a thin layer of fat. Place ham, sliced side up in a shallow roasting pan. Score top of ham in a diamond pattern
Put 1 1/2 cups of the brown sugar in a bowl and stir in just enough coke from the can to create a thick sauce. Pour sauce all over the ham. Pour the remaining Coke into the pan around the ham.
Bake ham on lowest oven rack at 325° for 1-1/2 hours. Remove ham from oven, leaving oven on. Brush top of ham with honey. Combine remaining brown sugar and spices; pat over honey, coating ham well.
Return ham to oven, and continue to bake at 325° for another 45 minutes uncovered. Cover ham with aluminium foil if necessary, to prevent excessive browning. Let ham stand 15 minutes before carving.
Happy Easter to all my friends and family! I bet there is a lot of hunting going on this morning. Have fun, I miss those days.
The Ham is in the S/C,Squash in the oven,Chocolate cake cooling,Turkey going in soon and the pie is on the cupboard.Dressing prepared soon.