Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Storm day

Sparrow is making scones - I'll be giving that recipe a try! I need to buy buttermilk though and I can't get down to the store right now - we are finally having our first storm of 2006 and only the second of the season! It's been a strange winter for us - hardly any snow. But today the schools and offices are closed - the plows have been called off the roads - and everyone is snug and warm in front of their woodstoves.

It's so nice to have a good old fashioned storm! This is the order of the day: naps, reading, blogging, movies (I borrowed My Fair Lady from the library last week and I'll finally get a chance to see it today) and fresh rolls! Our neighbour braved the elements and brought us fresh rolls still warm from the oven. Mmmmm, they smell so good.

The roll recipe is from New Glasgow, the Home of the Original PEI Lobster Supper People still line up outside the restaurant to buy rolls by the bagful when the supper is over for the evening. The recipe was a well guarded secret for many years but there must have been a mole in the establishment and the recipe was leaked. Now you can find it in many PEI cookbooks.

New Glasgow Lobster Supper Rolls
3 T yeast
3 T sugar
2 c warm water
1 c white sugar
1 c shortening
4 tsp salt
4 c hot water
3 beaten eggs
12 c flour

Dissolve 3 tsp sugar in 2 c warm water in large bowl - sprinkle yeast - let stand.
In saucepan melt shortening, sugar salt and hot water. Whisk until mixed, let cool and then add 3 beaten eggs.
Add this mixture to the yeast mixture. Add 1/2 of the flour and beat with wooden spoon. (don't ask me why ...)
Gradually add enough of the remaining flour until a soft dough forms.
Knead for 10 min. flouring the surface as needed. Place in greased bowl and let rise until doubled.
Punch down in center. Place 2 balls of dough in greased muffin tin for each roll. Let rise for 30 min. Bake at 350 degrees for about 17-20 min.