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Conference Rolls

In my last post here I posted about some of our traditions, one of which is conference rolls. I end up cursing and thanking my mother for this splendid treat every time I make it. They are THAT good. I decided it was time to share this goodness with all of you as well.

First you need to find your favorite roll recipe. I have a few from a recipe book I like to use and can share it if you want me to but really your favorite roll recipe will work. Mix up the dough per the directions and set it aside to rise the first time. Although I would like to make a suggestion, when you are mixing your dough and you are about to add your eggs, crack them into a separate bowl first. This way if you accidentally get a bit of shell in there, you won’t have to be digging around in all of your ingredients for that little bit of shell. This is my baking tip for today.

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Ok so you have mixed up your dough and put it into a bowl big enough to let it double in size as it rises.

20141005_111744[1]My second tip when it comes to rolls/bread is to make sure to spray your bowl with a light coating of non-stick spray. This will make it SO much easier to get the dough out when it is time. As you can see from my picture above, I forgot to do this. See the dough sticking to the bowl? Ya that’s fun to get out. Anyway, set your dough in a warm place and leave it to rise, double in size. After it has risen ONCE take out the dough and use half of it to roll out like you would for cinnamon rolls.
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Make sure you have plenty of counter space and flour it up. Your surface needs to be clean, smooth and then “dirty” it up with flour before rolling this bad boy out. Then comes the fun part, TOPPINGS!
Now you can make these rolls into anything your imagination dreams up. One year I did chicken rolls with pesto sauce. SO delicious. This time I made “original” (ham, cheese and onion) as well as pizza rolls. I will show you the process with the “original” conference rolls.
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Roll that half of the dough out (it doesn’t have to be a perfect rectangle) then cover it from corner to corner and side to side with ranch dressing. For this recipe it HAS to be Hidden Valley’s Original Ranch dressing, no substitutes, no dry packet mixes, no light versions. The real, whole fat, complete original ranch! Just do it!20141005_140827[1]
Then spread that stuff out, covering all the dough. After I took this picture I decided it needed a little bit more, so I added a little bit more.
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Spread some cheddar (or in this case colby) cheese to cover the ranch up. Corner to corner… you get the idea. Now at this point I should probably mention I did have the help of my husband and eldest daughter in the prep department. Normally I do this all myself, but they were both great soldiers in my quest to make conference rolls today. The cheese came shredded. Normally I’m all about buying the big block of cheese but please save yourself the time when making these rolls and buy the cheese and ham shredded and diced or at least cubed.
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Mmmm diced green onions… delicious flavorful goodness. Pile those on corner to corner… well almost, don’t go completely to the edge with the rest of the toppings or you will have overspill. No bueno. 
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Next add the diced ham. We usually use diced ham from the store but found a great, couldn’t pass up deal on cubed ham and AJ diced it up for me the night before. 20141005_142714[1]
Now roll that bad boy up starting with the end furthest away from you. Roll it towards you keeping it even and rolling carefully so as not to rip the dough. When it is in a log take a serrated knife and cut rolls about 1 inch thick. Depending on how warm your house is and your roll recipe you can preheat your oven now. Those who know me and my house know I can preheat my oven to warm up my house and hope it gets warm enough near the oven. I found a simpler method. But I’m getting slightly ahead. Place your freshly cut rolls onto jelly, cookie, whatever kind of shallow, non-stick baking pans you have. (If you don’t have non-stick make them non-stick)

PLEASE leave space because these bad boys are going to grow. I’m not talking cookie space and growth, I’m talking you only let your dough rise once and now you are going to let it happen again so these bad boys need lots of growing space, space. (My grammar friends please let my run-on sentence be, I’m trying to.)

OK now you set those sheets on a flat surface where it is warm. For me that’s my kitchen table with my space heater. Cover the rolls lightly with towels and let the yeast do its magic, again. **This is why it was very important to only let your dough rise once. 20141005_155547[1]
(sorry for the poor photo quality I was about to put these in the oven)
See how much they’ve grown! Just like kids. Put these bad boys in the oven according to your recipe’s directions or 375 for 12-15 minutes. 20141005_162133[1]
The cheese will melt, the ranch will keep the ingredients and dough moist and you will devour these. But let them cool off slightly before attempting to put them in your mouth please! Done and delicious!

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Pizza rolls! You can also make another batch of original rolls but I told my family I would make pizza rolls this time. Since AJ diced pepperoni, cooked and crumbled sausage I decided I probably should. Here they are, cooked and ready. For the pizza rolls I used momma’s spaghetti sauce instead of a pizza sauce because 1) it was all I had on hand 2) I already had it on hand pre-made in the freezer 3) it gave the rolls a little bit of a spicy kick. (If you can’t read my old blog a. ask for an invite b. I will eventually post that recipe here).

Where was I? Oh yes.. spread dough with spaghetti (or pizza) sauce, cover in mozzarella, top with crumbled sausage and diced pepperoni. Make sure you stay light on the sausage as it is heavy and will poke holes in your dough. We don’t won’t overspill or leakage of any kind here. Bake and enjoy.

General Conference Treats and Traditions

As I mentioned in my previous post, this weekend is semi-annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have never been one of those people who recalls names, faces AND what they said at the same time. I can recall great quotes and messages that touched me but I tend to not be able to recall who said them. One of the treats I get after and during conference is from a friend’s site found here.  Not only do I get to recall who said my favorite quotes I can also print them up and put them around my house for the next six months. (Then I put up new ones from the next conference). It is such a treat to have such talented friends sharing their abilities and gifts with those of us (me) who aren’t as craftily inclined.

This weekend I have enjoyed listening to the words spoken and finding answers to questions I did not realize I had. It has been a wonderful treat hearing the words spoken by our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, apostles and other church authorities. They all speak with such intelligence, wisdom, power and spirit. It may be the pregnancy emotions a little but I definitely felt moved this weekend. It is always a great treat and tradition listening to conference.

Another tradition in my family is conference rolls. This is something my mother started. When I would drive up to Utah from Southern California to visit her during conference weekend I knew I was going to have yummy food, including her conference rolls. She only makes them once, sometimes twice a year. She doesn’t always make them for every conference. In fact this weekend she told me she wasn’t going to be making anything. That tends to happen when your kids are all grown up and almost all married or living somewhere else I suppose. The last few years I have taken it upon myself to keep this tradition going in my own family. This year they were almost “after” conference rolls because I didn’t start making them until this morning and couldn’t get them in the oven until after the morning session. While waiting for the dough to rise I decided to try making a Kit-Kat pie. A friend had mentioned hearing about it and I had made a Butterfinger pie for Pi Day back in March. I figured I could apply the same principles there and it would be great. It turned out okay. In the end I decided it just needed some more Kit-Kats and would probably be pretty good with some chocolate syrup on top. Other than that it was okay. When I make it again I will definitely be using at least four king size bars. I only used two in this recipe, but here are some photos for you anyway. For the conference rolls and all their splendor, see this post.

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LDS Semi-Annual General Conference

The first weekend of April and October are when we as a family and members of The Church of Jesus Christ have the blessed opportunity to hear from our church leaders; the prophet, apostles and other leaders address the world. Saturday and Sunday the Lord’s anointed speak to the world in a total of four general sessions and a session for the men. The women’s session is held the weekend prior. What an amazing opportunity to be spiritually, mentally and physically uplifted.

For as long as I can recall we have sat as a family watching the live broadcast of the semi-annual conference. Over the years I was able to attend many sessions in Salt Lake City, originally at the tabernacle building in Salt Lake City Temple Square and later at the newly built conference center across the street.

The first time AJ and I met in person was actually a general conference weekend in April 2009. We attended a Saturday afternoon session in person and watched others at my mom’s house. AJ was not a member of the church at the time and I recall him commenting how he thought there would be more prophecy given. He has since come to learn and love the words spoken. Listening to these wonderful men and women speak the words the Lord wants us to hear is an amazing opportunity and provides such strength and uplifts me. If you have never listened to or seen a session of the Church’s conference I encourage you to do so by going to the Church’s website here. There is much to be learned and reminded of regarding our Lord’s plan for us, His children.

As the weekend proceeds I will post other notes, thoughts and family traditions, including the much desired conference rolls, yum!