Butternut squash bread
2 Tablespoons plus 1 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups warm milk
1/4 cup soft butter
2 cups cooked and smashed butternut squash
2 tsp salt
11 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Don't let the amount of flour or the cooked squash scare you away. This recipe is simply divine and so easy that you CAN do this! (the squash makes the bread so moist. I did not however tell my youngins that there was squash in the bread. World war 3 may have broken out! And you can't taste it. Friends it is slightly orange from the spices that I had to use!)
Warm milk and water up on the stove. Do not get it too hot or it will kill the yeast.
Mix the warm water, milk, yeast, butter, and sugar together. I used my large kitchen aide to mix these. Then add the salt, squash, and flour. ( I chunked up the squash and put it in my cast iron pan with a little water. Then cover it with foil and bake for about an hour. I did this the day before to make the bread making day less busy.) Mix it in the mixer until the dough is slightly sticky to the touch. You can adjust the amount of flour you need depending on your altitude. I used all 11 1/2 cups. Cover with a cloth and let it sit for about an hour, until it has doubled in size.
Use this time to have a drink of wine and relax. You are making yumminess in your kitchen so you need time to just put your feet up and remind your self that this is easy!
After the dough has doubled punch it down. Thats right you have permission to punch that dough! You have quite alot of dough so you have quite alot of choices of what to do with it. We made cinnamon rolls, a loaf of bread, and dinner rolls.
For the bread. You shape it into the bread loaf, place in a greased bread pan, let raise for 20 minutes, and then bake at 350* for 45 minutes. If you are only making loaves of bread you will probably get 3 loaves out of this one recipe.
Cinnamon rolls.... ah my favorite! We all know that my family loves to eat! It may just be my love language. To eat and to feed others! So many amazing things happen over food. Ok back to helping you.
you will need
1/4 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Flour the table top so you can roll out the dough without it sticking. Roll the dough into a rectangle. Spread softened butter over it. Mix the sugar and the cinnamon together and sprinkle it over the butter. Roll up your amazing cinnamon rolls. Slice them into the thickness you want and place into a greased pan. Let them rest for 20 minutes.Then bake at 350* for 30-40 minutes. Your house will smell amazing! The kids will finally all be in one place at the same time, begging to be fed!
While the magic is happening in your oven you have to make the glaze. I take half a stick of cream cheese, 3 Tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 tsp cinnamon and a few cups of powder sugar. The amount of powder sugar you use will determine the thickness of your glaze. I place all of these into a glass bowl and let them marinate over the oven vent while the cinnamon rolls are cooking. Mix them with a blender (about the time you take the rolls out of the oven) and pour the yumminess over the rolls.Really you cant go wrong.