Cape Cod Rolls: a Perfect Thanksgiving Treat!

It’s that time of year and we all want to get a bit ambitious with our creations in the kitchen. Especially now that we have to keep our get togethers smaller, there is more time to enjoy new things! I first experimented with this recipe in the Summer so I could have it perfected for Thanksgiving. I received inspiration for this recipe after watching The Great British Bake Off show. Here is my twist on Paul Hollywood’s fig rolls. This recipe does take A LOT of patience, but it will be worth it. The flavors of the cranberries, ginger, and cinnamon ignite your taste buds. Cranberries are such a big part of Thanksgiving meal, why not make something a little different? If you are up for the challenge, this one is for you.

INGREDIENTS:

For the dough: 1 3/8 cup of flour, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/3 cup light brown sugar, 1 egg beaten, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the filling: 1 cup of dried cranberries, 1/3 cup light brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp of crystalized ginger

  1. Make the biscuit dough. Sift the flour and baking powder together into a bowl. Beat the butter and sugar with a stand mixer on medium speed for 3–5 minutes, until pale and creamy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla until combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in two or three batches until well incorporated. Scrape the mixture out onto a sheet of plastic and chill for 30 minutes, until firm.

3. Make the filling. Place the cranberries and ginger into a small pan so they cover the base of the pan. Add the light brown sugar and enough water to just cover them. Place over a medium heat and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 5–8 minutes, until the cranberries are soft and the mixture is thick and fragrant.

4. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and pulse to a paste. Add the cinnamon and pulse for a few seconds to combine. Spread out the mixture onto a plate to cool and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.

5. Heat the over to 375 degrees.

6. Roll out the chilled biscuit dough on the flour-dusted sheet of baking paper to a 25 x 20cm rectangle. Trim the edges and cut the rectangle in half to give two strips, each measuring 25 x 10cm.

7. Halve the cranberry filling and roll each half into a cylinder measuring 25cm long. Lie each cylinder down the middle of one a strip of the dough. Brush the long edge of one strip of dough lightly with water and, using the baking paper to help, lift and roll the dough over the filling as you would a sausage roll. It should overlap and seal in the filling. Repeat with the other roll.

8. Gingerly transfer the rolls onto the prepared baking sheet and cut each roll into six equal pieces. Run a fork along the tops of the rolls to slightly flatten. Bake for 12–15 minutes, until lightly browned, then remove from oven cool on a wire rack before serving. Enjoy & Happy Thanksgiving! Stay safe everyone!

A Month of Thankful Moments

November is a month of reflection and gratefulness. Every day we should embrace this but the holidays bring out these emotions. Giving back to one another and the community is one of the most humanly things we can do. Over the years I have collected and acknowledged some pretty great moments of thoughtfulness. I would like to share ten of the best ways (in my opinion) that you can spread grateful juju:

1. Pay for someone’s coffee when you go through a drive-thru. That way, the barista already knows what the person behind you has ordered. Sometimes I wait to see their reaction in my rear view mirror, it will make your day!

2. Donate to a new charity that you’ve never heard of before. Bring some hope and endearment to a new meaningful cause.

3. Leave a post-it on someone’s car door next time you’re grocery shopping. Or even on a grocery cart! A quote or just a simple “You are loved.” You never know how much someone may need to hear that.

4. Write a letter to an essential worker. Whether it be a nurse, doctor, bus driver, or your favorite teller at the bank. Let them know how thankful you are for putting everyone first before themselves during these Covid times.

5. This past summer when I was in Maine with my family, I pulled my Dad aside and told him how much I appreciated him. He said that he doesn’t think anyone has ever told him that and how much it meant for me to say it to him. Tell someone today how much you appreciate them in your life, it will mean so much to them.

6. We have all had piggy banks at some point in our lives. This is what I call the grateful jar. Every day for a month, write something you’re grateful for that day and put it in the jar. At the end of the month, look and see all the things you wrote down.

7. Bring some cookies to your neighbor(s)! Even if you’re not a good baker, you can buy the ones already made at the grocery store and just pop them in the oven! A warm plate of cookies is always something to smile about.

8. When you’re out for a walk in your neighborhood and see some trash, pick it up! I usually bring some disposable gloves and a bag to put the trash in and throw it away when I get home. This is an easy way to help the community and the earth.

9. Read a child or children a book online! There are virtual readings that you can sign up for. Check your local children’s centers too and let them know you would like to do this as a free event!

10. Lastly, ask a loved one if they are okay. Your cousin that you haven’t seen since they got married last year or your Aunt that lives alone. Just asking that simple question can help.

There’s no time like now to be grateful and giving towards one another. Let November be our guiding light that leads us to a new year full of hope.