The centerpiece for my table is my childhood Easter basket. I have such fond memories of this basket for my Mom always made the most beautiful arrangement of Easter candy. My Mom carefully placed all my favorites in, with always a large cream filled egg in the middle. I especially loved Russell Stover strawberry eggs, that used to be decorated with pretty flowers.
Aren't these salt and peppers cute?
I filled my basket with raspberry colored tulips that match the fabric in my topper that I made. The green fabric is a beautiful Spring green color and the contrasting black has tiny floating flowers. Do you see the bunny in the patch? He's surrounded by cabbage, peas, greenery and forsythia. A white radish is tied on an end and a little bird is glued on the other end.
I'm using my Mikasa Berry Delight plates, which pick up the raspberry color in the tulips and in the topper.
3/4 cup boiling water
1/4 cup butter
3/4 t. salt
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup hot, but not boiling water
3 ounces evaporated milk
2 T. yeast
4 1/2 - 5 cups flour ( you can use some whole wheat, if desired)
In a large bowl of your mixer. pour boiling water over butter. Add salt and sugar and stir well. When butter is melted, mix in the additional hot water. Stir in evaporated milk. Slowly add flour and yeast. Use the dough hook and knead about 10 minutes.
Grease a large bowl and put the dough in and turn it over so the surface is well greased. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
Dump the dough onto a well floured surface. Divide the dough in half and then divide each half into 9 pieces to shape into dinner rolls. The nine rolls fit well into two greased round 9" cake pans.
Let rise until doubled. Just before putting them in the oven, brush with and egg/water wash. Bake for 25-35 (mine were done in 20) minutes at 375 degrees, or until the tops of the rolls are golden brown.
Makes 18 large rolls.
NOTE: These would also make wonderful cinnamon rolls!! Just roll out the dough, spread with softened butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, roll up and slice.