Heidi Rolls

IMG_6616It’s raining, and I feel like making bread. I have to make 16 loaves for an event, but I’m not feeling like doing that right now. Because it is usually part of any catered meal, it seems that I never just make enough for us. There’s always a reason to make several batches.

With summer just around the corner (even though she’s been taunting us with her wiles for the past couple of months), I’m going to make some of these delightful little buns to put in the freezer to have ready to accompany an al fresco dinner on the porch, or beach.

They’re not huge, just big enough to enjoy with a salad and something grilled. They can be topped with different seeds, and are buttery & slightly sweet. This recipe makes 36 rolls, enough for several dinners for 4 or 6.  If you’re invited to a potluck, these are always appreciated!

I call them Heidi Rolls, after the soft, white rolls that Heidi brought to Peter’s blind grandmother when she returns from Frankfurt, in the Swiss children’s story Heidi. Continue reading

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

IMG_4170Cookies are usually the first baking for children to help with.  They do well stirred with a big wooden spoon, taste great raw, and take just a few minutes to bake, with instant results.   They are also an easy fix for a well-earned hunger, or a comfort with a book and a cup of tea.

I can still remember making cookies as a young girl, usually with my sister.  We had a pamphlet cookbook that had lots of recipes in it, but the most used was the one for Chocolate Chip Jumbles.  Having found the original book of recipes recently, it didn’t surprise me that the only page missing, besides the covers, was the page that had that recipe on it!  Probably years of wear and tear had it loose and lose-able! IMG_4384

This version of chocolate chip cookies (the one I’ve made most often for the past several years) makes large cookies with tender centers, an essential to good chocolate chip cookies. Continue reading