Now that the winters have come, I am so happy because I can turn my oven on and have a great toasty , warm kitchen with smells of cookies, pastries, breads , cakes wafting through my oven and keeping me busy.
With NFL Playoffs in full swing now and Sunday and Thursday nights are pretty busy getting prepped up for the football games at 8 pm , its time to match the dinners we eat with the games we watch. DH is an avid sports fan and slowly I have started understanding the games and getting in after the teams so that I can DH have an avenue to compete with each other.
2 weeks ago , one of the most important games was being played between Denver Broncos and New England Patriots and I am a all in New England Fan while DH is a fan of the Manning Clan so if you follow NFL, you know what epic competition it is even for the fans and how much pride we have at stake 😛 . Well for folks who do not follow NFL, the game is kind of like the India vs Pakistan Cricket games we used to see in the 90’s . These days , I find cricket to be more of a paparazzi hollywood style of show with match fixing and corruption topping the charts in Cricket Sport news always so have really stopped following it.
Considering that , we had such a great game to watch on sunday, I and DH decided that we wanted to do some bar style food to enjoy and watch the game. Luckily that weekend Saturday , I was checking Instagram and feedly and one of baking food blogs that I follow and my favorite bakery/flour company : King Arthur Flour had just announced the baking boot camp series 3 recipe and on reading , it sounded perfect for our sunday night game plans.
The recipe created by Joythebaker and KingArthurFlour were these simple easy Olive Cheese rolls that pairs well with any drink you may plan to have while watching the game…. yes folks… water too pairs well with these rolls :). I have been using King Arthur Flour for years and that is the only brand of flour I buy to make any breads. Even to make the rotis,parathas , I use a mix of KAF Organic Whole Wheat and White Whole Wheat flour in a 1:1 ratio
These rolls were so simple and easy to make that I have used that same recipe and extended it beyond rolls to make Naan bread and Mixed Vegetable Dinner rolls (recipe to be posted soon) . The combination of olives and cheese was great and it paired well with the Cranberry Jam . The saltiness from the olives , sweetness and tartness from the cranberry jam was perfect and we washed it all down with some crisp home- made Cola 🙂 . DH owns a Soda stream so that is how we got home-made cola .
The Olive Cheese rolls were such a great hit , my house smelled awesome when they were baking and the cherry on the top for me was that New England patriots won the game so I got two wins in one day… really.. that was a lucky day for me.. now that I think of it, should have tried some more tasks that I had failed in the past , maybe it would have worked .. who knows!.
Alrighty, lets get down to business and bake some ooey gooey salty cheese rolls
- 1+1/4 cup KAF Bread Flour
- 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 3 1/2 cups KAF Bread Flour
- 1/2 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup pickled olives slices
- 2 cups grated Skellig Cheese or any cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup pickled sweet peppers
- 1 Egg for eggwash
- 1 tsp. oil for greasing the baking tray
- Mix all the ingredients under the bread starter section well.
- Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap or kitchen towel and let the yeast come to life.
- I kept the starter for 8 hours so I mixed it in the morning to make the rolls for dinner.
- Take the Starter dough and mix it with all the ingredients under the dough sections.
- Knead the dough really well for atleast 5-10 minutes.
- Grease a bowl and keep the dough in a warm place and let it rise for another 2 hours.
- Sprinkle some flour on the surface so we can roll the dough.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Roll the dough into a 9 X 13 size
- Sprinkle the cheese , olives and sweet peppers across the rolled dough
- Start from the side that is closest to you and roll the dough tightly so that none of the filling comes out
- Cut it as big or as small as you like . I cut the roll into 6 big rolls
- Grease a tray and place the rolls in it
- Take a egg and whip in with few drops of water to create a egg wash
- Brush the rolls with the egg wash
- Bake it in the oven for 25-30 mins or until you see the tops browned and the cheese starting to melt.
- Serve it warm and with the cranberry jam
- Place the tray in the middle of the oven and not on the lowest rack else the bottom of rolls may start getting more brown than the top.