One of my favorites

It is amazing how quickly wedding planning can take over one’s life.  I of course am very hands on, and may or may not have a minor issue with being in control, so I am yet to hire a wedding coordinator/planner. Although, the more and more I do, the better and better that route is looking.

Luckily, my mom came in town this weekend to help me look at more venues, dresses, caterers, etc.  There are so many little details. If she wasn’t here, I honestly think I would have forgotten to eat.  The plethora of information available is incredibly overwhelming. I have a hard time just sitting on something and thinking about it. I like to act. Does that make sense?  For example, it is killing me that we have not decided 100% on a wedding venue and date.

I do feel like once that little piece of information is decided upon everything will become tremendously easier.

Hopefully I am right in thinking this. If not, don’t tell me.

Anyway, like I said, my mom was here to help/take care of me all weekend. She did the majority of the cooking and even found time to make one of my all time favorites, poppy seed rolls. This is another one of those family recipes that I love.

They actually appear pretty easy to make. I’ve never made them before, as my mom always does such a fantastic job of it.  They are perfect for breakfast, but I actually like to eat them as a dessert.

The recipe is kind of a little bit of this a little bit of that, but here is what I gathered from my mom

Poppy Seed Rolls

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For the dough
2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 package yeast
5 cups flour, one reserved for after rising
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tbsp salt

For the Filling

1 can poppy seed filling
1 orange, juiced
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup water

In a saucepan, add all ingredients for the filling. Bring to a boil, then let simmer. You will want to let this cook down until it is very thick.  This was the part of the recipe my mom said is done to taste.

For the dough, mix milk, oil, and sugar in a pan. Scald, but do not bring to a boil.  Let milk cool for about 30 minutes. 

Add yeast to milk mixture. Let proof for about 10 minutes.  Add in 4 cups of flour. Stir together.  Once combined, let mixture rise for an hour in a warm, draft-free environment. 

After rising, add in the last cup of flour.  Also add baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Stir together. Once dough is to proper consistency, break off a tiny ball of dough. Roll the piece out, keep in mind you will want these to be in a crescent shape, so roll more into a triangle then a rectangle. Spoon in some filling then using your fingers, roll into a crescent shape. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While oven is preheating, let rolls rise for about thirty minutes. Once done rising, bake for approximately 10 to 12 minutes, until rolls are a golden brown. Brush with melted butter when they are out of the oven.

These are one of my absolute favorite treats.  I look forward to them each and every holiday season.

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