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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hot Fridays is actually a Recipe!

Hello Everyone!

I finally have internet back to the tune of a $99 service call. Yuck! I'm thinking it may have been their problem because our tech said that several people had some of the same problems after the company did a system update. I'm thinking I may dispute the charge a little. I don't mind paying a bit for the guy's time (especially since he showed me how to do a screen shot) but the price seemed a little steep. Anyway, my internet is back and that is the main thing.

Today, I want to share a recipe with you for Hot Fridays. Have you ever heard of them? I know some of you have. This is one of those recipes I look forward to using whenever the weather turns cool. They can be made any time of the year but fall and winter are best. Why? Well, cause they just go so well with soup!
In simple terms, Hot Fridays are fried bread. Not the most lo-cal food but oh so good.

So here is what you do. You make this never fail roll/bread recipe that originally came from my sister-in-law's mom. She passed away several years ago but I always think of her when I make this recipe. Isn't it great how recipes shared can do things like that?

Carmen's Roll Dough Recipe
2 cups warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 Tbsp. yeast (heaping)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine
1 egg
2 tsp. salt
6 1/2-7 cups flour

Mix water and yeast in a mixer. Add the rest of ingredients in order. Mix for 10 minutes and then let rise in a greased bowl for 1 hour. I only use a portion of the dough for Hot Fridays. (See further down for what to do with the rest.)

Start a pan of oil on the stove. Take a small piece of dough (about the size of a plum) and spread it out with your hands until it looks like a small pancake. Add to oil and fry for a couple minutes on both sides or until golden brown. You don't want your oil too hot because you want it to cook all the way through.
Fry to a golden brown.

A platter of fresh Hot Fridays

I put butter and honey on mine. So yummy and so not lo-cal.
My hubby put jam on his.
This is my daughter watching the honey drip off of hers.
This past week we had a storm and the weather was rainy and cold for about 3 days. I just started craving soup and Hot Fridays.
Nothing like good old chicken noodle soup to get the chill off.

Now, if you used this entire recipe for Hot Fridays, you would have them coming out of your ears. Not literally of course but you would have tons. What I do is take about 1/3 of the recipe and make the Hot Fridays and the rest I make into Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnamon Bread, Rolls or just plain bread.

I was able to make a 9x13 size pan and a 8x8 size pan of cinnamon rolls. I didn't make quite as many Hot Fridays this time; about 2-3 per person.

This is with a cream cheese icing. I'm not a huge fan of cinnamon rolls but the family loved them.

Now I have to say this. All of the above is the regular recipe and what I normally do. However, for this batch, to make it a little healthier, I substituted about 1 1/2 cups of the flour for whole wheat flour and I added about 1/4 cup of ground flax. I couldn't tell the difference. The taste was about the same, the texture didn't change; it was great. So that is probably how I will do it from now on to alleviate a bit of the guilt over frying bread and loading it with butter and honey. ;)
Here's one more close-up picture just for good measure.
Doesn't that look yummy?
As the weather turns to fall and the soup craving hits, think about a batch of Hot Fridays to go with it. Give them a try and let me know what you think. So until next time...

Have a blessed day,

maggie jane


  1. Mmmm, my favorite way to have them is with butter and powdered sugar. YUM! I was just thinking this morning that It will be nice when the weather cools off here so that I can make soup and hot fridays again.

    1. Yes, I've heard of several who like it with powered sugar. Anything sweet on it would probably be good. I wouldn't doubt if someone tried Nutella since it seems to be all the rage. Starting to sound like dessert. ;)