What a week it’s been, I haven’t really gotten much done, but I certainly have caught up on my sleep and my back feels so much better without the strain of standing on those tile floors all week (not to mention lifting everything that comes in). Sometimes it’s really nice to do nothing and I think the Italians say it best with their phrase, Il Dolce Di Fare Niente. Loosely translated it means The Sweetness of Doing Nothing. Now that’s a phrase that I could live by, eat good food, drink good wine, and just enjoy the day….sigh. Well I have four more years to work, and even then I don’t see that happening for awhile.
But today I can take that phrase to heart, because today my friends is Guest Post Friday and I can sit back and enjoy the good life while I let one of my friends take over the job of posting today! I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’m speaking splattering of Italian, because today my Guest is Pola from An Italian Cooking in the Midwest.
I first met Pola through our mutual friend Christianna who runs a recipe swap that we both contribute to, and have been a fan of hers ever since. If you don’t already know her, get ready to make a new friend, because I know you’re going to love her cooking!
So sit back, relax, put your feet up and enjoy the sweetness of doing nothing (but drooling), as I give you Pola and……
I am Pola M and quite obviously I am Italian and cooking in the Midwest. I am so incredibly honored to be posting for Chef Dennis! He is a celebrity in the food blogging world AND he is a REAL chef! His advice is priceless and his recipes are masterpieces. We are both part of the recipe swap organized by Christianna at Burwell General Store and he would always come up with the perfect recipe, the kind of simple, classic recipe with that one special ingredient or technique that would take the dish to a whole new level. I just hope he won’t be disappointed by my recipe!
Today I share with you a recipe for bread rolls with an unusual ingredient: mayonnaise. It all started out a day where I had some leftover mayo that needed using. And I was making bread. I started thinking that if you can make cake or cookies using mayo, it should be equally possible to make bread using mayo. So I tried. And the result was good!
The mayo gave the bread rolls a pleasant crunchiness, while not changing the flavor of the bread. It was like a magic had happened. And now I re-baked those rolls and the magic repeated. And now I am sharing the recipe I used with you. Try it and you won’t be disappointed.
- 1 lb all purpose flour (approx. 4 cups)
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup mayo
- 1 tsp activated dry yeast
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 egg
- seeds to decorate
- Mix all ingredients together starting with the flour, adding water, yeast, mayo and lastly the salt.
- Knead well until the dough becomes smooth and keeps together. If the dough is too sticky add a couple of spoon of flour, if is too dry add a bit of water. In the end you should have a rather soft dough.
- Put the dough in a large bowl and cover with plastic film, then place in a warm place to proof (I usually put it in the oven with the light on)
- When the dough has doubled (2-6 hours depending on room condition), form it into balls slightly bigger than a golf ball and place in a baking dish to proof until it doubles in size.
- Choose an baking dish that is not too big. (You can use a large pizza pan or two cake pans.)
- The idea is that while raising the bread rolls will fill the whole pan and create a sort of big flower.
- When the rolls have proofed, brush with the lightly beaten egg and decorate with your favorite seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, flax or even paprika or grated cheese.
- Bake at 400F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Disappointed Pola? Not on your life! I loved those fluffy little rolls, I just wish I had them in front of me to slather with butter and devour! Thank you so much for such a delicious guest post!
Now before you forget head on over to An Italian Cooking in the Midwest and say hi to Pola, just don’t forget to tell her Chef Dennis sent you! Have fun while you’re there going through some of Pola’s older posts, you’re going to love what she does with food!
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope everyone has time to enjoy their weekend, for me it signals the end of my mini vacation, but all good things must come to an end, and thankfully I still have a job to go back to, so I’m not going to complain to loud, especially since there are only 8 more weeks of school!
See you all real soon!