Thursday, July 19, 2012

Camp, Sew, Bake and Fry!

You may be wondering why I chose the title "Camp, Sew, Bake and Fry" for this post...


1.  We went camping in our new fifth wheel during the week just 20 minutes from home.
2.  Hubby had to work, so I brought along my traveling sewing machine to work on a quilt I had cut out.
3.  We came home early, so I baked potato buns today despite the heat.
4.  It's 105 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade, so that's why I added the word "fry" to the title for this post!

Pics and de-"light"-ful potato buns recipe, too....

The new fifth wheel
For camping, attending quilt shows; selling blankets, pillow cases, embroidered towels 
and enjoying a good life; RocknQuilts is now on the road!

2011 flood line at the campground is about 6'5"
(My DH is 6'2")

Gotta have s'mores when camping, even in the heat!

All set up to sew a commissioned quilt!

Watching "King Arthur" on DVD while DS takes a nap and I get to sew!!

Our DS had played himself right out in the heat!
Thank goodness for A/C in the fifth wheel, but even then, it was still pretty toasty.

Four different 2.5" squares = six possible variations
Six down, 94 to go!

De-"light"-ful Potato Buns
adapted from 'Cook's Illustrated', Aug. 2012

1 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" pieces; boil, drain (save 5 Tblspn potato water) and mash for one full, packed cup of mashed potatoes; mix the mashed potatoes with 2 Tblspn room temperature butter and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, place the 5 Tblspn potato water (allow to cool to about 85 degrees Fahrenheit), one Tblspn granulated sugar, and 2 teaspoons of rapid-rise yeast.  Cover with a paper plate or whatever is handy and allow to 'proof'.  (Videos on how to proof yeast.)

Whisk two room temperature Large eggs with 1 teaspoon of water and one teapsoon of salt until frothy.

Place 2 1/4 cups bread flour (I use Better for Bread flour for the best results) over the proofed yeast mixture in the large mixing bowl, add in the potato mixture and the egg mixture.  Add one tablespoon of milk if the mixture is too dry.  Mix with dough hook for five minutes, allow to rest, covered, for 10 minutes, then shape into one dozen buns, cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes (but 10 minutes works if you're in a hurry like I was this evening).  Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Bake in the center rack of the oven for approximately 15-18 minutes.  Watch carefully or they tend to over-brown, but they won't rise nicely without the higher temperature. 

Remove from the oven, place on a plate and watch your entire family smile and ask for seconds and thirds!  
If they're really crazy about these buns, they might like the several variations available online at like Parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper and more!

Please share your experience with this recipe here with us - did you create any new versions or did you use a different potato or other ingredient and get great results?  Thanks for sharing!




  1. P.S. The heat index today 4/19/12 was 112 degrees Fahrenheit...uff da!

  2. Congrats on the fifth wheel! I just love our tow behind. And I'm glad to see you are having fun on the road! So, agan, congrats!

  3. How fun, Mary Ann! We have done a lot of traveling in our RV and it is so much fun! You will really enjoy it. It's nice to have your machine with you, too!
    Those rolls are making me hungry!


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