The "fluffy, yummy, pillows of sweet goodness," as my husband calls them are easy to make and as I said, can be shaped just about any way you want, even the traditional round rolls. And while making cornucopia rolls may take a wee bit more time, just imagine the look on your dinner guests' faces when you set a basket of these bad boys down on the table! You just became a Thanksgiving day baking rock star! Seriously, I bet people will ask what baker you picked them up at.
Once you make up the basic dough, which I have included further down, you simply roll out the dough like snakes. Remember playing with Playdoh, yeah, just like that! Once you have a long dough snake, you simply wrap it around a tinfoil form. It is easy to roll up the tinfoil into a cone shape. Don't worry if they aren't perfect, it just adds character to your cornucopias! And if your snake isn't long enough, don't worry, you can join lengths with a simple pinch.
|Not the greatest photo but you get the point!|
This is during the second rise.
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1/3 cup softened butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
1 pack (.25 oz) active dry yeast
I start by combining my flour, sugar and salt in a bowl. I make a little depression to hold the water and milk. I then pour my yeast into the liquid and give it a few minutes to wake up and get to work. I drop in my egg and butter and combine all the ingredients using my hands. It is a little messy but I love feeling the dough. Once combine, turn your dough out on to a floured surface and kneed it till it is elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl in a warm location for it's first one hour rise.
After an hour, punch down your dough. You are going to let it rise a second time, but that is after you wrap them on your tinfoil forms. Place your formed rolls on a greased pan and let them rise another hour. Once the rolls have risen the second time, it is time to pop them in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.
Once your amazingly beautiful cornucopia rolls are out of the oven, simply wiggle the tinfoil form out of the roll. Removing the tinfoil leaves a cute little opening that you can stuff with other things, popcorn, pretzel sticks, be creative if you like! And just remember, Thanksgiving is not about the really neat cornucopia dinner rolls, or the other great things that will bless your table. Who cares if the forks aren't in the right spot, or that the cranberry came from a can. Take a second to look around your dinner table and let your heart fill with smiles for each and every one of the folks in your life who are there to celebrate with you.