Thanksgiving Traditions


What are your Thanksgiving traditions?

Our Thanksgiving traditions are, to serve as many veggies from our own gardens as possible with Thanksgiving dinner. Also, Don cannot have Thanksgiving dinner without my Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls, homemade with sweet potatoes from our garden. We make them in our bread machine which is a great time saver with all the other Holiday cooking and preparations.Come back and comment to let us know how you liked them.
Sweet Potato Rolls
These beautiful rolls have been a tradition in our family since 2006. They are super easy and so delicious, they will soon be a tradition for your families Holiday too.
2 1/2 tsps active dry yeast
4 Tbsps white sugar
3/4 C mashed baked sweet potatoes
1/2 warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 Tbsps softened butter
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
3 1/2 C flour (all purpose or bread-both work well)
Traditional Hand Made 
 Dissolve yeast, warm water, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a mixing bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. 
Add remaining sugar, sweet potato, butter or margarine, salt, and slightly beaten eggs. Stir to mix well. Stir in 3 cups of flour. Turn out on a lightly floured surface. Knead 2 to 3 minutes, adding just enough of remaining flour to prevent sticking. Do not knead too heavily; when smooth, shape into a ball. Place in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover, and let raise about 1 hour or longer. 
Punch down, and allow dough to rest for 2 minutes. Divide into 16 to 20 balls, and place on a greased cookie sheet or in a 9x13 inch pan. Allow to rise until doubled. 
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 12 to 20 minutes. Brush top of rolls with warmed honey or melted butter to add sheen.  Serve warm.
Bread Machine Made 
Add all ingredients into bread machine basket in order according to manufacturer directions. Run only to dough cycle and first rising. 
Remove dough from bread machine, shape rolls on floured surface. Bring to second rise and bake according to recipe.  

These rolls freeze wonderfully. They can be frozen after shaped before the second rising. Take out of freezer and let thaw and rise in a warm place free from drafts, covered with a dry kitchen towel. Bake once rolls have risen. 
Also they can be placed in Ziploc bags and sealed airtight and frozen after baking. Remove from freezer and bag and let thaw. Warm for few seconds in microwave before serving. 
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11/25/2012 5:38:33 AM

Thank you Dave. A bread machine is a great time saver. You know you can't resist the aroma of bread baking while you write your great blogs, come on, get baking!! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and looking forward to your posts. Happy Winter.

11/21/2012 12:42:10 PM

Susan, Sweet potato rolls, huh. They sound wonderful. I used to make bread some 30 years ago but now I find I just don't have the time to do it. This year was an extreme and intense garden year with the hot dry weather. This Thanksgiving will be spent at a friend's house with her family. It's just easier that way for a single bachelor. Have a great sweet potato roll Thanksgiving.

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