Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Creative Holiday Breads Are a Simple Update to Traditional Holiday Meals

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Holiday recipes have a way of transcending generations. Every year, relatives get together and anxiously await the aroma of their family’s own special take on stuffing, sweet potatoes or cranberry sauce. These recipes can lead to a bit of a cooking conundrum for creative chefs looking to bring something new and surprising to the table without disrupting family traditions.

“Breads are a great way to change up holiday meals. People have an emotional connection to family recipes, so you may not want to change any major meal items, but additional breads are always welcome at the table”

“Breads are a great way to change up holiday meals. People have an emotional connection to family recipes, so you may not want to change any major meal items, but additional breads are always welcome at the table,” said Diane McElroy, test kitchen manager for Fleischmann’s Yeast.

Cheesy Onion Rolls are a welcome update to the basic dinner roll – their appealing color will liven up any breadbasket. Looking to add some whole grains to your dinner table? 100% Whole Wheat Bread Sticks will do just that. These impressive looking twists are simple to make and fun to eat.

These recipes and more are available on www.breadworld.com. For baking tips, call the helpful staff at the Fleischmann’s Yeast hotline: (800) 777-4959. Hotline hours are from 9am to 4pm, CST; questions may also be submitted online at www.breadworld.com/Contact.aspx.


This recipe was entered in the DuQuoin State Fair (Illinois) and judged to be a winner.

Yield: 2 Dozen Rolls

Proof Time: 2 hours

Bake Time: 25 to 30 minutes

2 envelopes Fleischmann’s® Active Dry Yeast
1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°F)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup warm milk (100° to 110°F)
1/2 cup very soft butter
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
5-1/2 to 6 cups bread flour
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese blend
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup dried chives
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 tablespoons mayonnaise


Combine yeast and warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let stand 5 minutes to soften yeast. Add sugar, milk, butter, salt, eggs and 3 cups flour. Beat for 3 minutes with electric mixer until smooth; gradually add remaining flour until a soft dough is formed. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead 6 to 8 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place dough in greased bowl, turning once to coat. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Punch down and turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Let rest about 5 minutes. Combine cheese, onions, chives, and garlic powder in a bowl. Divide dough in half and roll each part out to a 15 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread each rectangle with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and sprinkle with half of cheese mixture. Roll, starting at long side, and seal edges. Slice each roll into 12 slices and place (cut side up) in two well greased 13 x 9-inch baking pans (12 rolls per pan). Cover and let rise 45 to 60 minutes, until doubled in size.

Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Serve warm.


Yield: 16 long breadsticks or 32 short breadsticks

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Proof Time: 1 hours

Bake Time: 15 to 18 minutes

2-1/2 to 3 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
1/3 cup non-fat dry milk
1 envelope Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Mazola® Vegetable Plus! Oil
1 egg
1 egg white


Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, gluten, dry milk, yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl. Heat water, honey and oil to very warm (120 to 130°F). Add egg and water mixture to large bowl. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer for 2 minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in enough remaining flour by hand to make a moderately stiff dough.

Turn out on lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let dough rest 10 minutes.

Roll dough into 12 x 8-inch rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut lengthwise into 16 strips. If shorter bread sticks are desired, cut each strip in half. Twist and place on greased baking pans. Note: strips can also be left flat or formed into bows, numbers, letters, knots or other decorative shapes. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Combine egg white and 1 tablespoon water. Brush over bread sticks. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, garlic salt or coarse salt, if desired. Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from baking sheets immediately. Serve warm.

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