Sunday, July 31, 2011
Hi! Maia here, on our West Virginia dinner. Since West Virginia is a mining state, we went with basic pepperoni rolls, something miners would take in their lunches. There's also a lot of gardens there, so we had fresh cucumbers, sweet corn, and tomatoes(we grew some of the tomatoes ourselves). they also eat ramps there, but the are unavailable here(ramps are wild onions). Oh, well, we would if we could.
We all pretty much enjoyed this meal, but I found the pepperoni a little spicy.
For the rolls, we used a dinner roll bread recipe because it's sweeter than normal bread.
Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tb oil
1 package yeast
1 tsp salt
2 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
Dissolve the sugar in warm water, add oil and yeast. When yeast is foamy, add flour and salt. Mix by hand or with a dough hook until dough comes together. Knead by hand for 5 min. cover and let rise until doubled in size.
Meanwhile, cut one large stick of pepperoni into thirds; cut each third, longways, into quarters.
When dough has risen, punch down and divide into 12 parts. Press each piece into a circle. roll pepperoni pieces into dough and tuck in sides. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Let rolls rise again for about 30 min.
Bake for 20 min, until nicely golden.
Next up: Georgia!