Oatmeal Molasses Rolls Recipe

oatmeal molasses rollsLooking for something a little different than your usual boring white dinner rolls? Look no further! These oatmeal molasses rolls are delicious! I adapted this recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.
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ingredientsLet’s get baking!
3 to 3 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup rolled oats (you can also use quick cooking oats)
flour and yeastIn a large mixing bowl (or in your stand mixer) stir together 2 cups of the all purpose flour with the yeast.
milk and molassesMeanwhile mix and heat the milk, molasses, butter and salt until warm. You want the butter to just start to melt, about 120 degrees. A little tip for measuring out sticky things like honey or molasses – spray your measuring cup with cooking spray, it comes right out!
add wet to dryAdd the milk mixture to the flour and yeast. Make sure the milk isn’t too hot, you can kill your yeast! Add in your eggs and mix on medium for about 3 minutes.
oatsAdd in the whole wheat flour and the oats. If you use old fashioned rolled oats you will have more texture in your rolls. If a softer roll is what you’re after, use quick cooking rolled oats instead. Mix in as much of the remaining all purpose flour as you can.
kneadTurn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead in any remaining flour until you have a smooth and elastic ball. The dough will be moderately stiff and kneading should take 6 or 7 minutes. This is good exercise! Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled. Mine took about 1 1/2 hours.
rolls ready to riseAfter your dough has risen, punch it down and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. Shape into balls and place them in a lightly greased baking pan. The original recipe says it will make 32 rolls, I yielded 22. That always happens to me! Cover and let rise until nearly doubled. Mine took about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
risen doughLooking good! Pop them in a 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
baked rollsBaked and golden brown… take them out of the pan and let them cool on a wire rack.
buttered rollMmmmm, butter! I hope you try baking these oatmeal molasses rolls yourself!

Adult Coloring Page Underwater Robot

robot adult coloring pageThe adult coloring page phenomenon sure has taken off! Of course, anyone can color these images – not just adults. I think using the term adult coloring book or page gives us permission to have some fun and color! Whenever I go to my local art store the shelves are full of coloring books targeted at grownups. I though it would be fun to transform some of my designs into coloring pages! Download and print a copy of the Underwater Robot Coloring Page, grab your pencils or markers and go for it!


New Abstract Painting – A Work in Progress

abstract paintingHere’s a little sneak peek of my newest abstract painting – Serpent. It’s still a work in progress and while I know the general direction I’m going with it I’m still waiting for a bit more inspiration. That usually happens when I’m sitting at my painting table and working. I find that I can’t wait for inspiration to strike, I just have to sit down and work at it. Abstract painting is different from realism in that way.

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