My Big Green Egg was in use all day on Thanksgiving. I fired it up as the sun was rising and finished up when the sun set. It was at 350 all day on one load of charcoal and once I got it stabilized at 350 I only had to play with the grates once. That was when I put the cold turkey on the Egg. I took a lot of pictures and I am going to divide this post into two parts. This first one covers the rolls & desserts I baked on the Egg before throwing the turkey on. I included the prep pictures because folks seem to like to see what is involved before the food goes on the Egg. All three of these items came from Cook's Illustrated Holiday Baking 2012.
Oh and thanks to @Littile_Steven
: the plumbing T spacers improved the cooking of every item I made.
For those of you who want the main event, the turkey pictures are found in this post: Turkey Day 2012-Pt 2
These rolls were interesting, they were soft on the top & inside, had crisp sides & bottom & a buttery smooth taste. One thing I liked about the recipe was I could make the dough the night before & refrigerated the formed rolls in the pan overnight. They went on the Egg on Thanksgiving Day.
The rolls used: All-purpose flour, eggs, skim milk, instant yeast, salt, sugar & butter.
The skim milk is combined with the sugar and instant yeast. Then a large egg and a large egg yolk are added in. The device the egg yolk is in is an egg separator. You break the egg on the yellow clip in the middle and pour it onto the white holder on the right. The egg white goes down into the container on the right, You flip the egg yolk into the container in the right. The device in the lower right is the infra-red thermometer I used to shoot the surface of the skim milk which gets warmed to 110 degrees.
The all-purpose flour will get mixed with the salt.
The all-purpose flour/salt mixture is in the bowl of the stand mixture and the egg/yeast/skim milk mixture gets drizzled in.
The finished dough after mixing for 10 minutes.
The dough ball goes into a bowl covered in plastic wrap which goes into the oven which was heated to 200 degrees and shut off.
The dough has doubled after 45 minutes.
The dough gets divided into 3 pieces. I weighed the dough to insure even sized pieces.
Each of the 3 pieces of dough get rolled out into an 18" long rope.
The 18" rope of dough gets cut into 12 equal sized pieces and then rolled into little balls.
Three of the little dough balls get put into a muffin tin that was brushed with melted butter.
The Egg is stabilized around 350 where it stayed all day.
The Cloverleaf Rolls are on the Egg. I put the muffin tin on 1/2" copper T's to get it up off the Plate Setter.
The rolls are done.
The rolls were excellent! They had a smooth soft texture, soft tops, somewhat crispy sides and bottom and a wonderful buttery taste. I will definitely be making these again.
EGGNOG BUNDT CAKE
We usually go through a couple bottles of Eggnog on Thanksgiving, so I figured what better way to end the meal but with some Eggnog Bundt Cake.?
The batter used: All-purpose flour, dark rum, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, eggs, buttermilk, lemon juice, butter, vanilla extract & sugar.
The buttermilk, vanilla extract & lemon juice get whisked together.
The sugar & butter get mixed together in a stand mixer.
The flour mixture & butter mixture get added to and mixed with the egg mixture in the stand mixer in multiple alternating additions.
! cup of the batter gets pulled aside and get mixed together with the rum, cinnamon, nutmeg & dijon mustard.
The regular version of the batter has been added to the Bundt cake pan. The "enhanced" version is on the right.
The "enhanced" batter is added on top of the regular batter.
The Bundt cake pan is on the Egg. I used the plumbing T's to give me some separation
About 1 hour and 10 minutes later the Cake is done.
The cake has rested for 3 hours & now it gets topped with a mix of dark rum & confectioner's sugar.
The cake was delicious And everyone loved it. It was incredibly heavy and dense. We were all stuffed but people kept cutting little second pieces because it was so good.
These were a last minute addition and I made the batter the night before. This post is getting too long so I am not going to post the batter prep pictures. For those who are interested, I've posted them before. Here is the link:
Using the 1/2 copper plumbing T's between the Plate Setter & the sheet pan improved the texture and cooking on these hermits too. Who new? Oh yeah Little Steven. Thanks man.
Here is the dough on Thanksgiving morning after being refrigerated overnight.
The dough was halved and rolled into 10" logs. They are on parchment paper on a quarter sheet pan.
The hermits are on the Egg for about 25 minutes.
The hermits are done.
The hermits have cooled to room temperature and will now get glazed with a mix some fresh squeezed orange juice & confectioner's sugar.
These hermits were even better than the first round I made. I really think the difference was getting the sheet pan up off the Plate Setter. They had a chewy but stiff texture and the bottom was cooked better.
The baked good on the Egg were excellent! One advantage doing these on the Egg gave me was being able to use the oven for other things. Oven time is always at a premium on the holidays.The use of the plumbing T's improved the quality of everything I did on the on the Plate Setter which has encouraged me to do even more baking on the Egg.