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Anticipating Easter Ham

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Are you up to your eyeballs in plastic eggs stuffed full of chocolate candies and dye that smells of vinegar?

Are you elbow deep in a vat of potato salad?

Have Jell-O molds taken over your refrigerator?

Is your apron smeared with deviled egg?

Easter is about to happen, people. And typically Easter means HAM. Ham means sandwiches. Oh sweet hammy sandwiches with a smear of delightfully spicy mustard… I look forward to them every year.

This year my mom and I are putting together brunch for our family. Oatmeal pancake and strawberry skewers, bacon & egg muffins, breakfast casserole, fruit salad, deviled eggs, chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Today I learned that our brunch is hamless.


As a holiday food traditionalist I’m a little bit depressed.

Because the best part of a holiday feast is the leftovers. Slices of ham piled high on a paper plate, all covered in plastic wrap for the ride home, that starts beckoning you to layer it on a sweet roll with a spoonfull of strawberry pretzel salad at it’s side. Scraps that add some salty love to your day after omelette or flavor your green beans the next night. Sigh.

For those of you that are not doing without ham, I’ve a worthwhile task to add to your Easter to-do list:

Super soft and smooth sandwich rolls speckled with shredded carrots and cheese. A little work. A LOT of payoff!

You’ll need a little bit of shortening, a dash of salt, some sugar, shredded carrots, a fistfull of shredded cheese, and orange zest.

In a large bowl pour a cup of hot water and a cup of cold milk; this should give you warmish milk. I did it this way to save the time tempering. Dissolve 2 packages of active dry yeast and 1 teaspon of the sugar in the warm liquid. Then stir in the remaining sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, 1 cup of shredded carrots, 1 cup of cheese, 1 teaspoon of orange zest, 1/4 cup of shortening, and one egg.

Add 3 cups of flour to the milk and yeast mixture. Blend on low until moist and then on high for about 3 minutes.

Your dough will resemble cake batter.

Gradually stir in 2 to 2 1/2 cups of flour by hand until the dough starts to pull away from the side of the bowl (I used my trusty wooden spoon). Turn this sticky mess out onto a well floured surface and knead in the remaining flour for about 10 minutes.

The kneaded dough will be smooth and elastic and a little bit sticky. Place it into an oiled bowl and cover it loosely with plastic wrap and a clean towel

After 45 minutes to an hour, your dough will have more than doubled in size. Punch it down to let out all the air. Then divide the dough into 18 pieces and roll each into a ball.

Grease two cookie sheets and place 9 rolls on each. Flatten the tops of each just a little. Cover the rolls with clean towels and let them rise in a warm place for about 30 more minutes. They will almost double in size.

Bake the rolls in a preheated oven set at 375 for 13-18 minutes. They’ll be golden brown.

Cheese and Carrot Sandwich Buns from Pillsbury


1 cup HOT water

1 cup milk

2 (1/4 ounce each) packages of active dry yeast

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup shredded cheese (I used a cheddar blend)

1/4 cup shortening

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 egg

5 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting the work surface and kneading

To Make

In a large bowl pour the hot water and milk. Dissolve the yeast and one teaspoon of sugar in the warm liquid. Add the salt, carrots, cheese, shortening, orange zest and egg. Stir well. Add 3 cups of the bread flour. Blend on low until moist and then on high for about 3 minutes. Add 2 – 2 1/2 cups of bread flour and stir by hand until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Turn it out onto a well floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed. Place the kneaded dough into an oiled bowl and loosely cover with plastic wrap and a clean kitchen towel. Let it rise for 45 minutes to an hour; it will have at least doubled in size. Punch the dough down to remove the air and divide into 18 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. Grease two cookie sheets and place 9 rolls on each. Cover the rolls with clean kitchen towels and let them rise for another 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 375. After the rolls have risen, bake them for 13-18 minutes, until golden brown.

Wanted: Easter Ham. Will bake fresh bread in lieu of payment. May consider trading one chocolate bunny. But maybe not.


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

April 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Posted in Breads

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  1. Being a vegetarian, I appreciate your no ham aspect 😉
    Your brunch is mouthwatering, your photos droolworthy and recipe rant-tastic 😀

    Happy Easter!
    Choc Chip Uru

    Choc Chip Uru

    April 7, 2012 at 4:47 am

  2. Awww thanks, Uru!
    Happy Easter to you!

  3. So festive with the carrots in the rolls! Yum. We are brunching it without ham too! I think I may buy ham steaks 🙂

    The Foodie Affair

    April 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

    • Well we had a surprise… my little brother made it home Easter morning! So my momma went to cook the ham and I was soooo hammy happy. Until we discovered that my littlest brother stuffed it into the downstairs fridge, except actually it was the freezer. Easter ham, froze SOLID lol. But our brunch was delicious without it 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm

  4. “As a holiday food traditionalist I’m a little bit depressed.” I sympathise. Easter for me doesn’t mean ham, but it does mean Cadburys and Hot Cross Buns and roast lamb, none of which are options this year! Your brunch sounds delicious though, and I have a cute dark chocolate chick to keep me going 🙂 Happy Easter!


    April 8, 2012 at 6:24 am

    • Hope your Easter was all kindsa happy! Chocolate bunnies will get you through some tough times. Roasted lamb and hot cross buns (something I’ve always wanted to make!)… yummy.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

  5. OH MAN!!! Those look DELICIOUS!!! They look soft and yummy….I honestly may need to figure out the calories in these puppies and make them myself lol YUM!!!!


    April 9, 2012 at 12:23 am

    • I have no idea about the calories, but they might be listed on the Pillsbury website. Alls I know is that I can pronounce every single ingredient that went into these, which is more than I can say for anything at my grocery store bakery. They were so good! You could probably sub at least half whole wheat flour, and if you swap the 1/4 cup shortening for olive oil (or coconut oil in its solid form) then they’d probly pack more of a health-conscious punch 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      • Hmmm…I’ve heard a few people mention coconut oil, I have never even seen that in the store lol I will have to investigate!!!!! Thanks for the tips!!! And I agree with you, natural products are much better than processed!!!


        April 10, 2012 at 12:09 am

  6. Don’t be depressed, this is a great recipe and hamless is a hilarious word! I hope you had a great Easter!


    April 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  7. Sorry you had no ham, but your rolls look delicious. Would have said “buns” but the 12 year old inside of me was giggling.


    April 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    • The same thing happens to me when I type things like, “roll the soft dough into teaspoon sized balls”… Maybe it’s because I live with an almost 12 year old?
      Sounds like a good excuse anyway.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

  8. […] like this always inspire soup – the ultimate cozy comfort food. Remember on Easter when I was pining away for Easter ham? this is the ham my little brother put in the freezer instead of the fridge… […]

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