Never in my life has my husband asked me, midway through dinner, to make more of something. Until these biscuits, that is.

When I saw this recipe, I really didn’t know what to expect. I mean, 7Up? In biscuits? That’s just weird. I thought for sure they would be oddly sweet and more like a dessert than a buttery biscuit. Not the case at all! You would never guess that it’s 7Up in them. They’re so fluffy and pretty much the most perfect biscuit you can imagine. We haven’t given it a try (yet) but I imagine these would be great for breakfast with some bacon, eggs, and cheese stuffed in the middle.

We went through almost 2 batches during dinner the night I made these and the remaining 2 didn’t last until morning. You HAVE to give these a try if you’re like me and have always been disappointed in biscuit recipes.

 

7Up Biscuits

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7Up

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Put butter in a 9x9-inch baking pan and place in oven to melt (it's fine to do this while oven is preheating).
  2. Mix Bisquick, sour cream, and 7Up together in a mixing bowl, being careful not to overwork the dough.
  3. Remove baking pan from oven when butter is melted. Careful pat the dough into the pan, making sure to cover the entire surface. Use a sharp knife to cut into 9 squares.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/06/05/7up-biscuits/

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It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve blogged about something doughy. I’m really weird about blogging and sometimes start to think that I’ve blogged everything there is to possibly blog about. Which is silly because there’s an endless supply of recipes and ideas out there.

So today I’m sharing something I’ve never blogged, never made, and never even eaten before now! I was always kind of confused about stromboli because it seems like every time I see it at a restaurant it looks just like a calzone – folded over pizza dough with stuff inside. But as it turns out, a stromboli is actually rolled up, cinnamon roll style, once it’s stuffed with your choice of toppings. This one is only cheese (smoked gruyere!) but you can pretty much add anything you want. Meat, different cheeses, and veggies.

This dough recipe from Red Star Yeast is pretty fantastic. It’s light and airy and the perfect compliment to all the cheese. I’m a big believer in waiting for a bread to cool completely before cutting for the best texture but with something like this, you just gotta cut into it as soon as it comes out of the oven and the bread doesn’t suffer at all for it.

I’m still obsessed with Platinum yeast and if you haven’t given it a try yet, you absolutely must. It makes baking with yeast completely foolproof! I was able to skip the first step of the recipe (softening the yeast) thanks to the magic of Platinum.

One year ago: Provencal Olive Fougasse
Two years ago: Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
Three years ago: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes
Four years ago: Walnut Sticky Buns

Cheese Stromboli

Ingredients

For the dough:
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
For the filling and topping:
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 clove garlic, minced
5 ounces mozzarella, cubed
5 ounces smoked gruyere, cubed
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
olive oil, for brushing the dough

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water (110-115F). Stir in Active Dry Yeast; let stand for 10 minutes, or until foamy. Whisk in 1 cup flour, oil and salt; beat until smooth.
  2. Using wooden spoon, gradually stir in enough of remaining flour to make soft dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface; knead for 7-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if necessary.
  3. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.
  4. Punch down dough; cover with tea towel; let rest for 10 minutes.On lightly floured surface, roll dough into 16- x 12-inch rectangle. Evenly sprinkle oregano, basil, garlic and cheeses over top, leaving 1-inch border around edges. Starting from long side, roll up into cylinder; pinch along edges and end to seal. Place onto lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until indentation remains after touching.
  5. Remove plastic; lightly brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and rosemary.
  6. Bake in center of 375F oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on bottom. Let cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool on rack.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/05/14/cheese-stromboli/

This post sponsored by Red Star Yeast

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Funny story about these rolls: they are so good that the angry husky couldn’t wait for them to bake. She ate 6 (!) of them as they sat on the counter to rise. Yes, she got sick. Yes, she says she’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Anyway.

Easter is next weekend! My husband hasn’t been home for the past 2 Easters so it’s kind of a big deal around here. I’m excited to do a big Easter lunch with ham and cheesy casseroles and maybe even a vegetable or 2. And these rolls, of course.

These rolls would be the perfect savory addition to your holiday meal. They’re loaded with dried minced onion (which I’m obsessed with), garlic salt, and Italian seasoning. I was standing in my backyard as these baked thinking “Who’s making pizza?!” but it was these rolls. My house smelled just like a pizzeria as they baked. And they taste just as good as they smell!

Country Herb Rolls

Ingredients

3 tablespoons oil or melted butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active-dry yeast
1 egg
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. In large pot over medium heat, add oil (or butter), water and milk. Heat until 110°-115°F. remove from heat.
  2. Add sugar and egg; stir in Yeast. Whisk until mixture is smooth.
  3. Add flour, cornmeal, onion, salt and seasoning. Stir with heavy wooden spoon. If necessary, work in a little additional flour with your hands until the dough is no longer sticky. Knead 2 to 3 minutes. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.
  4. Punch down, cover and let rest 10 minutes. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 24 portions. To shape, roll each piece into a 6 inch long rope. Tie in loose knot. Place rolls into greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Cover and let rise until indentation remains after lightly touching.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F. Brush tops with 2 tbsp melted butter or oil. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/03/25/country-herb-rolls/

This post sponsored by Red Star Yeast.

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Eggnog is one of those things that I get excited about every year because I think that I love it. But I really don’t. And you’d think I’d remember that from year to year but it never fails: I rush out to buy a carton and then gag on the first sip. Someone please remind me of this next year so I don’t get my hopes up again.

So since I had a carton of eggnog to use up and eggnog is the Thirsty Thursday theme of the week, I decided to bake with it. Surprisingly, I really liked this bread. Until I put the glaze on it which is pretty much straight eggnog. But the bread itself just has a very subtle eggnog taste that’s perfect for those of us that want to like eggnog but just don’t. My husband and kids loved it with the glaze though so if you’re an eggnog fan, definitely add it.

Nicole made homemade cooked eggnog with bourbon!

One year ago: Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas
Two years ago: Caramel-Filled Chocolate Cookies
Three years ago: Pumpkin Caramel Coffee Cake

Eggnog Bread

4 mini loaves

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 3/4 cups eggnog
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon rum extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (3.4 oz) package instant french vanilla or vanilla pudding
For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
Enough eggnog to make a glaze to drizzle over bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease bottom of bread pan or mini loaf pans.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. Beat eggs, add sugar, eggnog, butter, rum and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix well.
  5. Add the instant pudding and blend.
  6. Pour into greased mini loaf pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack before glazing.
  7. To make the glaze:
  8. Whisk together the powdered sugar and eggnog until you get a good consistency. Drizzle or pour over breads.
http://fakeginger.com/2012/12/20/eggnog-bread/

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I’m really trying to get back into yeast breads. There was a time when I made every bread we ate and while that’s not really feasible at this point in my life I’d like to at least make it sometimes. I made these to go with that delicious slow cooker salisbury steak a few weeks back because I was feeling like that old-fashioned meal needed some old-fashioned crescents to go with it.

My family loves those canned crescents rolls – and by “my family”, I mean me. I can’t even buy them anymore because I’ll eat half of the rolls before dinner is even ready. And yeah, I’m not gonna lie, I ate probably half of these before the salisbury steak was ready. But it’s okay because they’re really yummy. Plus I knew everything that went into them, they weren’t from a can, etc etc etc.

They are way less complicated than they look and I think they’re one of those breads that you’d really have to try to screw up. The dough does has a really long rising time but I’d say mine was ready in about half the time called for in the recipe. Just watch it to see when it’s doubled. An easy way to do that is to put a piece of tape on the side of your bowl where the dough originally is.

Your family will definitely be impressed if you put this on the table tonight.

One year ago: Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls
Three years ago: Peppermint Bark Buns

Crescent Rolls

Ingredients

3/4 cup milk
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces
1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) granulated sugar
3 large eggs
4 cups (20 ounces) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water

Instructions

  1. Warm the milk, butter, and sugar in a small saucepan or in the microwave until the butter is mostly melted and the mixture is about 110 degrees, whisking to dissolve the sugar.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the eggs; slowly stream in about 1/4 of the warm milk mixture, whisking constantly. Add the rest of the milk, continuing to whisk.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine flour, yeast, and salt.. With the mixer on low, add the milk and egg mixture. Continue mixing on low until a loose, shiny dough forms, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium about 5 minutes until the dough comes together. Transfer the dough to a large lightly oiled bowl, cover, and place in a warm place until the dough doubles in bulk and the surface feels tacky, about 3 hours.
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work space. Roll into a 20x13-inch rectangle. Use a pastry wheel to trim any unever edges. Cut the dough in half lengthwise, then cut 16 triangles. Before rolling into crescents stretch the dough an additional 2-3 inches in length. Starting at the wide end, gently roll up each crescent, ending with the pointed tip on bottom, and push the ends toward each other to form a crescent shape. Arrange the crescents on a parchment-lined baking sheet; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (overnight at the most).
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and let rise until the crescents have lost their chill and feel slightly tacky and soft.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Arrange your oven racks so one is in the center and one is as low as you can place it. Place a small baking pan on the lower one.
  7. Whisk the egg white and water together. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the crescent rolls with this mixture. Transfer the baking sheet with the rolls to the middle oven rack and, working quickly, pour 1 cup hot tap water into the hot baking pan on the bottom rack. Close the door immediately and bake 10 minutes; reduce the oven temperature to 350F and continue baking until the tops are golden brown 12-16 minutes longer. Transfer the rolls to a wire rack, cool for 5 minutes, and serve warm.
http://fakeginger.com/2012/11/13/crescent-rolls/

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