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pocketbook rolls

The day we started traveling for our land we did a mad thing.  We had a cookie decorating party.  It had actually been planned before we found out our trailer was ready and needed to be picked up and that my Mother's retirement party was happening.  We chose not to cancel and still had friends over.

I made a large pot of bean soup and tried a new bread recipe.  Lucullian Delights had done a Baking Babes challenge awhile back for pocketbook rolls and I thought they looked interesting.  Then I totally screwed up the recipe.  I was told they were the best rolls that my Beloved had ever had and I needed to make them again.  Others agreed.  It is a good thing I remembered how I screwed up!

pocketbook rolls

sourdough starter

3/4 cup water 

1 cup flour

1 cup milk

1/4 cup sugar

4 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup room temperature butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup water


6 cups flour

2 teaspoons salt

8 tablespoons melted butter

The night before, mix the sourdough starter, 3/4 cup water, and 1 cup flour together.  Cover and let become bubbly overnight.  Remove a couple tablespoons of starter for next time.

To the starter add 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup sugar, and 4 tablespoons olive oil.  Mix well.  Add 2 cups flour and mix.  Cover and let sit for a couple hours covered until bubbly and like pancake batter.

Mix in 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water.  Add sugar, butter, egg, and salt.  Mix in the rest of the flour a cup at a time until you have a soft dough.  Turn out and knead until smooth.  Let rise until double.

Cover baking sheets with parchment paper or silpats.  Roll the dough out to 1/2 inch.  Cut 2 1/2 inch rounds.  Dip in the melted butter.  Put on the baking sheet and fold in half.  You may need to mash it a bit.  Cover and let rise until double and puffy, about 45 minutes to a hour.

Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Bake the rolls for about 10 minutes.  They need to be golden.

Like I said, I royally screwed up the recipe but they were well liked.  Maybe sometime I should try the actual recipe!

But like always.

There was much fun had and many cookies eaten!

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