Friday, 18 November 2011

Winter Has Arrived

Oh yes, indeed. Old Man Winter blew in on Wednesday night with a whopper of a storm. Strong gale force winds coming from the NE assaulted us for over 12 hours and when it was all over, this is what we saw.  Notice the bluish light - so common in winter particularly in the late afternoon ~ especially when more snow is in the forecast! 

This is the view of my garden that was previously lush and filled with this just a few short months ago:

The coop was starting to ice up inside (especially on the inside of the door), so I plugged in the heat lamp to take the chill off for the chickens.

I spent an hour with the walk behind snowblower clearing paths to the cars, the coop and the garage.  The driveway needs clearing, but it's too big to use the walk behind, so I'm waiting for our oldest son to run the tractor this weekend to clear it for us.  With Kelly away, we have all had to pitch in to take over his usual duties.

With winter here, I've got more time for baking, and out come favourite recipes that we haven't had for months.  This is a refrigerator dough which is super quick to make and it is very versatile.  It keeps for a long time in the fridge, but we usually end up using it all up in one go.  The photos are yellowish as it's dark now and my halogen lights make all the night time pictures look very sallow.

I had hungry teens to fill up this evening, so I rolled the dough out, cut it into triangles,

and then added some pepperoni and cheese to each piece.  I also use ham and cheddar which tastes equally delicious.

Roll from the wide end toward the pointed end and pinch the ends together to keep the cheese from oozing out when it melts.  I'm really not very careful during the rolling, I tend to really stretch them and manhandle them to try to fit everything in.  This dough IS very stretchy and it's REALLY easy to work with.

Bake at 350 for about 20 minute or until golden brown and when pressed, they spring back.

Recipe makes enough to fill 2 large cookie sheets and is guaranteed to fill up a hungry gaggle of teens lickety split.  It's much healthier when made with some whole wheat flour (and I often do that) plus it's frugal.  Buying this type of teen friendly snack in the frozen aisle at the store would cost a lot of money and packaged food isn't that nutritious.  This is super fast and easy as you can get this in the oven from start to finish in about 10 -15 minutes.

Refrigerator Dough from the MOMYS cookbook

3/4 c sugar
3/4 c shortening (don't substitute as it isn't as good)
1 c boiling water
1 c warm water
1 pkg yeast
2 large eggs
6 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt

Combine shortening, sugar and boiling water, stirring until dissolved. Add warm water and eggs. Add dry ingredients and knead for a few minutes until smooth and elastic.  I use a mixer.  I always use the dough right away although the recipe calls for it to be chilled first.

This is a fairly sweet, tender dough (like a crescent roll dough) and it can be made into all sorts of things, so it's great to keep some ready in the fridge.

Happy baking!


  1. The calzone looks delish.

    I can't begin to imagine such cold.

  2. This looks like a great recipe. I stopped and wrote it down right on the back of my grocery list for today. I will make these for my daughter to have for lunch. Thanks!

  3. Yes, Becky - they make an excellent quick snack or packed lunch, etc.. I love to have them on hand for trips out of the house because they are portable and not messy. Saves stopping for fast food!

  4. Rose, this isn't really even THAT cold for us. I mean ~ it's cold, yes.... but it gets much worse! :(

  5. How long will the dough keep in the fridge? Do you keep it in a ball and just take what you will need for a recipe?

  6. Cold is relative, I think. What I think is cold and what Hubby thinks is cold can be quite different! From a gal who has only lived in the southern areas, that's COLD.

    I love the look of this dough. I might have try it! And those look like handy to have those little rolls in the freezer for a quick snack. Though I bet with enough teenagers, they won't last long even frozen.

  7. I'm pretty sure the dough will last for two weeks in the fridge. I would separate it into appropriate sized portions at the time of making it (meaning enough for however much you will need for one meal). It's easy to just pull out on ball already the right amount, roll it out and pop into the oven. I wouldn't want to mess around with pulling out the whole 9 yards and cutting bits off of it. It would keep longer the less you are touching it. :) Rachael, I've never had enough leftover to freeze anything. I usually double the recipe and it's all gone in 24 hours. If the older kids have friends over, all 4 trays are gone in MINUTES ~ hence the need for filling, frugal teen friendly recipes :)

  8. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing this recipe for the quick dough. I look forward to making this for my kiddo's. Amy :)

  9. I just had the craziest time finding this post. I'm soon to make pizza dough for tonight and thought I'd do some pizza rolls at the same time. Had to use the proper dough!

  10. Diane - Mom of 529 January 2018 at 16:46

    I have used this recipe for my own recipe of chicken cream cheese pockets. I used to use the croissants in a tube, but this recipe is fast, no preservatives/chemicals, and is more fluffy and substantial than the dough in a tube! Thank you!

  11. Is this truly crescent dough? I need crescent dough. I know that it usually ha tons of butter to give the flaky consistency.

    1. No, but if you roll it into a rectangle, spread with butter, fold into thirds and refrigerate for 1hr, and repeat 3 times you'll have flaky croissants.

  12. Really sweet for crescent dough. Not flaky like a croissant but very good and fluffy. Next time I will cut the sugar to 1/4c and water to a total of 2/3c, and 1 egg. I had to add 4c more flour to reach the right consistency. I will be using the remaining dough to make breakfast danishes for Father's Day.

  13. Im swapping the regular AP flour for gluten free AP flour they should still turn out amazing, my boys love pigs in a blanket!

  14. Can I make the dough in a bread maker?