Monday, September 28, 2009

Grandma's sausage rolls aka Wursterbroaches

ok here it is. My Grandmother's sausage rolls. I haven't seen these anywhere else except in a German bakery in Florida and those were made with ground pork that wasn't seasoned. So this is probably some old family recipe. I've searched for other versions of this and have not found it anywhere.
You would think they are greasy, but they aren't. I think the secret is the dough. I like them straight from the oven, but really like them cold straight from the refrigerator.
Also don't make the sausage shaped too thick as you want it to cook all the way through. My sister microwaves hers a bit before she wraps them. I make mine thin.
Enjoy! Grandma Ott would be 118 this year if she were still alive. I remember as a kid watching her bake breads and these sausage rolls, flour up to her elbows. And noodles, she would roll thin and hang on string to dry. She sure loved to bake.
I imagine these have sooo many fat calories!

Grandma Ott's Wurster-broaches (Sausage Rolls)

1 1/2 pounds (24 oz) lean, well seasoned pork sausage
2 T shortening (I use butter)
1 t salt
1 egg (well beaten)
1/2 C sugar
1 package dry yeast
1 1/2 C lukewarm water
5 1/2 C flour
melted butter

Proof the yeast with water and sugar. Add shortening and salt and egg. Stir until shortening is melted. Stir in about 4 C flour. Cover and let rise until double.When doubled, add more flour up to 5.5 cups total to make a soft dough. knead lightly Let rise again. . Roll out to 1/3 inch thick on unfloured board.(I flour the board)Shape pork sausages like wieners about the thickness of your thumb or less and about 4 inches long (makes about 18) Enclose each sausage in dough, sealing edges tightly. so it's a long roll with the enclosed sausage. let rise until double. Grandma then brushed them with melted butter but I don't do that. Bake 400 F for 20 minutes. I put foil over them as soon as they are the color I want the bread to be and cook the remainder of the time. turn out of pan and eat warm or cold. Store left over in foil in refrigerator.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

this is me....

This picture is from a great class I took this summer at Rebecca's Studio in Traverse City Michigan. Jennifer Geldard taught some incredible techniques to us using enamels and shards for surface decoration. I'll post a picture later of something I made using her shard technique.

But anyway here is me.... LOL

I am the lady in the green hooded sweatshirt wearing my special glasses used when working with the torch. It was the coldest July on record in Michigan and that's when we were there renting a cottage on the lake. We never went in the water! I haven't needed a sweater even here back in NC.
But anyway there I am watching some wonderful torch work by Jennifer!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Art show in our little town

We live in the beautiful small town of Mt Holly, NC. It is 'in the shadow of Charlotte' They have a way cool downtown, and my husband and I walk there to get coffee at the coffee shop, or an orangeaid (homemade) at Charlies Drugs. We watch the lady behind the counter put oranges in some juice squeezer like they had at soda fountains and adds her special stuff to make an awesome drink. It 'is' a soda fountain, which you don't find much anymore. We walk the few blocks and in the evening the little lights they have in the trees glow. (they are solar) It's a small town near a city. There is a whitewater center nearby to kayak and raft, and the city is building a long greenway system in stages, and it will be 13 (?) or 17 (?) miles of trails to walk and bike from Mt Holly to the National Whitewater Center.

Today I participated in Autumn on Main, selling jewelry from my booth in the fine art show. It was awesome to be in a show that was so close to home, and talking to some acquaintances, and meeting new people. It was a pleasure to be in the show, soaking up the sun (however hot and humid, it sure beats snow!)
I haven't unloaded my van yet, but have enjoyed a nice evening after a great day. Come and visit the show next year, and in the meantime, if you live nearby, check out the 'Artist's Market' in December.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Manners needed

Got this picture from my son.

I hope a few people thought about manners this week. It made me think about the time in church, when I was a kid, during a loooooong prayer, some girl was probably being tortured by her brother, because during this silence, with the long conversation with God the minister was having, the girl yelled "Stop it! G-- D--n It!!" at her brother.

I expected the lightning to strike.

too bad it didn't strike the other night. (where is that cattle prod anyway)