Potato Knot Rolls…

WARNING: IF YOU LEARN HOW TO MAKE THESE ROLLS – YOU WILL BE ASKED TO BRING ROLLS TO EVERY FAMILY FUNCTION…FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! ALTHOUGH THAT MIGHT SEEM LIKE A LONG SENTENCE – THEY ARE TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Potato Knot Rolls

My friend Shellie is amazing and her cooking skills are far beyond my comprehension. I asked her a few years back to teach me how to make her rolls. She hosted 5 women in her home and walked us through step by step how to make them and I’ve not made another roll recipe since. Here’s the recipe in it’s entirety – I’ll then walk through the process with pictures.

POTATO KNOT ROLLS (yields 48 rolls)
1  1/2 T Yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 t sugar
3 cups milk
3/4 cup butter
1 cup instant potato flakes
3/4 cup sugar
1 T salt
5 large eggs
7 to 8 cups flour
Additional cube of butter for spreading on dough before forming knots

Heat milk in microwave for 5-7 minutes. Add butter, potato flakes, sugar and salt. Combine and let cool to lukewarm.

Mix yeast with 1/4 cup of water and 1/2 t sugar to activate yeast.

Beat eggs and add the lukewarm milk mixture. Add 4 cups flour and beat until smooth (at least a minute or two). Add yeast mixture and slowly add more flour until sides of bowl are clean(ish). Dough should still by sticky. Put dough in bowl and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Divide dough in half and roll into large rectangle. Take soft butter (1/4 cup) and spread all over the rectangle. Take the top of the rectangle and fold to the middle and take the bottom and fold on top. Use rolling pin to flatten a little bit. Cut dough into 1 inch strips and tie in a knot. Place on greased baking sheet and let rise for 2-3 hours. Bake at 375 for 11-12 minutes. Brush with butter.

Here’s a picture tutorial:

Heat milk in microwave for 5-7 minutes. Add butter, instant potato flakes (or potato pearls), sugar and salt. Combine and let cool to lukewarm. This will look like runny mashed potatoes after it cools a bit.

Potato Knot Rolls

Follow the directions to make the dough. This dough is sticky. Do not add too much flour – as you can see from the picture, it would not form into a loaf. In fact, it’s hard to get out of the mixing bowl its so sticky.

Potato Knot Rolls

After the dough has doubled in size you’ll divide the dough in half. Roll out one half of the dough into a large rectangle. With softened butter, cover the entire rectangle. (I use the back of spoon to spread it around)

Potato Knot Rolls

Potato Knot Rolls

After the butter, you’ll fold down the top 1/3 and then fold up the bottom 1/3. Then use a rolling pin to roll it out just a little.

Potato Knot Rolls

Potato Knot Rolls

You should get 24 rolls out of the first rectangle. Using a pizza cutter – cut the long skinny rectangle in half and then cut the two halves in half again. You should have 4 sections. Take each of the 4 sections and cut so you have 6 strips.

Potato Knot Rolls

This step takes a little practice to get them to look good, but start making a knot out of each strip. You literally tie the dough in a knot. The first batch may look a little sad – but my 12-year-old can make these (after some practice) – after one batch you’ll be a pro.

A little tip: I make these for a lot of family functions – and I love a fresh roll but it never works out to make them the day of. Instead I make them the day before. Once I tie them in a knot, I place them on a cookie sheet right next to each other and freeze them. After a couple hours, I put them in a ziploc bag. The next morning, I pull them out and place them on cookie sheets to rise. They take 6 or 7 hours to rise and then I cook them. I’ve kept them frozen for several weeks before cooking them, but I’ve found they’re best within a day or two.

Potato Knot Rolls

Potato Knot Rolls

Potato Knot Rolls

They are soft and buttery and oh so good!

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A little note…

Yesterday at church I shared an experience that happened after Cannon was born.

Steve had been recently called into a leadership position in our church, he was also struggling to stay afloat in his new masters program, working full time and we had just had Cannon. When Cannon was just a week old, Steve got the rest of the kids down to bed before starting his long night of studying for finals. I sat in the quiet of the house holding my newborn suddenly feeling overwhelmed and lonely.

More than anything I wanted Steve to comfort me but he was busy. My next thought was to call my mom – but the time difference made it too late to call her. Instead I sat on the couch crying and praying for comfort in my state of loneliness. That’s when I heard a quiet knock on the door. I wasn’t expecting anyone and wondered who would be stopping by so late. I wiped away my tears and opened the door to find a neighbor/friend – she was stopping by to drop off a baby gift. Seeing her face when I opened the door was complete relief. I had prayed for comfort just minutes before in my hour of loneliness and complete exhaustion and just wanted someone to talk with to pass the time. She was the answer to my prayers that evening.

I wrote my friend a quick email that night sharing with her just how important her seemingly insignificant stop by was for me. In her mind, she had had a gift sitting at her house and finally got the chance to bring it over to me. For me that evening she was everything I needed.

It made me realize when someone touches our lives in big and small ways – we need to let them know. They need to know they impacted your life or helped out in some small way; not only does it build connections but it strengthens relationships. I think we could all benefit from real connections with real people.

Drop an email, send a text, make a phone call or stop by and tell them personally just how much they’ve helped out. How they’ve been an answer to your prayers. Or just that you appreciate them and love them. Perhaps that’s just what they need.

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Explore little one…

He carried these binoculars around for quite some time. I tried looking through them and couldn’t make out anything. But he clearly saw something because they were glued to his face. He’s just exploring the world around him. Childhood is too short.

Nikon d750  |  85mm  |  ISO 320   |   1/250  |  f2.8

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What we’re reading…


Atlas Shrugged (aff link)
Steve does far more listening to books than he does reading. He listens when he does yard work or commutes to work or even getting ready for the day. He alternates between business and self help books to biographies and fiction. This book is not the book you’ll pick up if you’re looking for a quick read. But he’s had a hard time putting it down. I asked him to tell me what the books is about. This is what I got from him: It’s deep economic concepts in story form. So it’s a business book. Nope, it’s economics. Needless to say, he’s enjoying it.

 


Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms (aff link)
Hallie has enjoyed this series of books. It’s taken her some time to get through them because they are highly sought after in the school library and she’s been on a waiting list – that tells how just how much the kids enjoy it.

 


Brightly of the Grand Canyon
Hunter was asked to participate in an after school book club with friends and I absolutely love it. His friend’s mom took charge and decided they needed more literature than what they were getting in school. This was the book they started with and he just barely finished it up. This is an older book and although he liked it, it wasn’t his favorite. I kept trying to have him expound on the book but he just said “It has some interesting parts but the whole thing isn’t that interesting.” I suppose It didn’t capture his attention – I think it would have been a little better had Hunter been to the Grand Canyon before and could visualize a little more as to what adventures this burro was on. Either way, he loved the book club.

 


Stink and Shark Sleepover
Bennett has taken off in reading both in English and in Spanish. I keep finding him rummaging through the book closet to find his next book. We have a plethora of Junie B. Jones books but after reading several books he’s moved on to other series. Right now he’s loving the Stink series (same author as Judy Moody that Hallie enjoyed so much). Bennett doesn’t read to himself, he reads out loud and I will hear him up in his room reading and then chuckling. He’s read several in this series so far.

 


Rhett and the Alphabet
Three years ago, Bennett was attending preschool, getting ready for kindergarten and reading just wasn’t clicking for him. I called the preschool teacher to try and figure out additional help I could give Bennett to kickstart him. She explained she had written a book and her son had illustrated it to go along with her preschool curriculum. She explained that it would be a great help to him but it wasn’t published yet and the project was at a standstill. I offered my services to lay it out in book form (quite selfishly, I wanted to get my hands on the book sooner than later) and now she sells it on Amazon. Cannon loves this book – he calls it his preschool book. They learn a letter at school and he comes home and shows which page in the book they learned. My sister was looking for help for her son with learning letters and sounds and she purchased the book and loved it as well.

 


Pout Pout Fish
Briggs loves reading books. Some kids are more willing to sit and listen than others and he’ll sit and listen until I’m tired of reading. Pout Pout Fish is one of those books that he always pulls off the shelf. I’m pretty sure we’ve read it every day for the last week when Briggs gets up from his nap. His favorite part is reciting, “Blub, bluuuub, bluuuuuuubbb!” Its a book we often refer to in our house. If someone is in a sour mood we call them “Pout Pout Fish” spreading “dreary wearies all over the place.” It’s a cute book.

 

 

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