A drum roll, please, for Thanksgiving fan rolls

By on November 23, 2015

 The breaking of bread is a simple but ancient rite. It is a conspicuous act signifying giving thanks and fellowship.

Special meals require special bread, and such is the case at Thanksgiving.

I have the perfect rolls for your Thanksgiving meal. They’re excellent on their own, but dipping these delights in a mushroom and giblet gravy or sopping up sauces and drippings takes them to wonderful places.

If you have any left over, you might try them toasted with butter, cinnamon, and sugar for breakfast.

They are buttery.
They are yeasty.
They are rich.
They are crisp.
They are chewy.
They are fan rolls.
And they are grand.

 Fan Rolls
3 ounces warm skim milk (110°)
3 ounces warm heavy cream (110°)
1 egg and 1 yolk, room temperature
1 packet yeast
3 1/2 – 4 cups of King Arthur unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp kosher salt
8 TB unsalted butter, softened, cut into 8 pieces
4 TB unsalted butter, melted

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine, milk, cream, egg, yolk, and yeast.
Let sit until foamy.
Add 3 1/2 cups flour and the salt.
Using the dough hook, knead on medium-low until dough is shaggy.

Add softened butter, one tablespoon at a time.
Continue to knead until dough is smooth – about 7 minutes, adding more flour if needed.

Place dough in greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours.

Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and separate into two balls.
Roll one dough ball into a 15 x 12 inch rectangle with 15-inch side parallel to counter’s edge.

Cut dough vertically into 6 (2 1/2 x 12 inch) strips.
Brush tops of strips with 1 TB melted butter, then stack strips evenly on top of each other,
buttered to unbuttered side.

Cut stacked dough strips into six equal stacks. Place stacks, cut side up, in each of six cups.

Repeat with remaining dough and 1 TB butter.

Cover loosely in plastic and let dough rise until double in size – about 2 hours.

Heat oven to 350°.

Bake until golden brown, 20-25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through and brush rolls with remaining 2 TB butter.
Let cool in tins for 5 minutes, then remove and transfer to wire rack.

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Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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