Cool Weather Tips to Brighten Brunch

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It’s not fall without a few really incredible brunch get-togethers thrown in there, is it? Here are three simple ways to hack your way through the kitchen work and come out with recipes that put fall in reach.

Bulletproof your coffee: We love putting butter in our coffee because we’re butter lovers, plain and simple. But blend a few tablespoons of our Unsalted Amish Roll Butter in a cup of freshly brewed joe for a creamy drink you’ll love waking up to, and you’ll be hooked too!

Amplify your pancake game: Chef Eric Greenspan’s Pancake Lasagna is a clever and insanely delicious way to please the brunch-going crowd. Get the perfect bite and you’re noshing on pancakes, bacon, sausage and eggs … all in one bite. Perfection.

Turn up the flavor with one ingredient:
And that ingredient is butter. Our Pumpkin Spice Amish Roll Butter and our Maple Syrup Amish Roll Butter is the easiest way to add a little pizazz to your favorite pancake recipe … or even to a stack of frozen waffles. Hey. We’re not judging!

Make Family Dinner a Winner … Again!

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This September is Family Meals Month, and just in time because it’s also back-to-school!

If you thought the summer was busy – between the sleepovers, summer camps and spur-of-the-moment play dates – then the school year is bound to give the word “busy” a new meaning.

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When you feel like extra-curriculars are dominating your time, pour some love and attention into the family dinner. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to be! Get your kiddos to the table and trust us, just 30 minutes to a sit-down meal with your family will help you to:

1. Slow down
2. Recharge
3. Live mindfully
4. Give you the energy to tackle the full week ahead

From Prosciutto & Fig Panini’s to Jerk Orange Roughy Flatbread to Grilled Boneless Pork Chops with Pears, we’re making the family dinner a winner again. Our recipes are created by family, for family. Meet you at the dinner table!

Cheddar Brats
Ingredients
4 ounces Minerva Dairy Smoked Butter
1 pack cheddar bratwurst
3 Vidalia onions (sliced)
2 poblano peppers (seeded and sliced)
3 cans of Yuengling Lager
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions
In an aluminum tray, place Minerva Dairy Smoked Butter, sliced onions and peppers and beer. Place on lower heat side of the grill and stir as needed.

Grill cheddar brats just until the casing becomes charred. Place in the aluminum tray on the other side of the grill to marinate. Cook for 20 minutes. Serve with plenty of the onions, peppers and your favorite mustard on a good sausage roll.

Playing with Our Food: Mastering the Croissant

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If homemade dough leaves you reeling. If lengthy prep times have you rolling your eyes. If classically French recipes scare you altogether, we’ve pulled together three all-star baking tips for croissants that are sure to impress your family.

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Tip #1: Never skimp on the butter. We recommend using … wait for it … 84 percent butterfat! This is our wheelhouse, so rely on our butter artisans’ craftsmanship and your croissants will be as flaky and tender as ever.

Tip #2: Try making your croissants on a cool day in a room hovering below 68° F. This will help your butter and dough to stay cold, which makes for flaky layers.

Tip #3: Breathe. Take it easy. Have fun! Your croissants may not be award worthy on your first attempt. Just enjoy the ride and relish the first batch out of the oven! You might even want to involve your kids for some quality kitchen time.

Classic Croissants
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups whole milk, heated to warm (105°F–110°F)
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. plus 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast (from two 1/4-oz packages)
3 3/4 to 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. kosher sal
1 1/2 cups cold Minerva Dairy Amish Quarter Stick Butter

Directions
Dough:

Stir together warm milk, brown sugar and yeast in the bowl of a standing mixer and let stand for about 5 minutes until foamy. Add 3 3/4 cups flour and salt, and mix with dough hook at low speed for about 7 minutes until dough is smooth and very soft. Transfer dough to a work surface and knead by hand for 2 minutes, adding more flour as necessary, a little at a time, to make a soft, slightly sticky dough. Form dough into a roughly 1 1/2-inch-thick rectangle and chill, wrapped in plastic wrap for about 1 hour until cold.

Butter:
After dough has chilled, arrange sticks of butter horizontally, their sides touching, on a work surface. Pound butter with a rolling pin to soften slightly. It should be malleable but still cold. Scrape butter into a block and put on a kitchen towel, then cover with other towel. Pound and roll out on both sides until butter forms a uniform 8- by 5-inch rectangle. Chill, wrapped in towels, while rolling out dough.

Prepare dough:
Unwrap dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface, dusting with flour as necessary and lifting and stretching dough into a 16 by 10-inch rectangle. Arrange dough with a short side nearest you. Put butter in center of dough so that long sides of butter are parallel to short sides of dough. Fold into thirds. Brush off excess flour with pastry brush.

Roll out dough:
Turn dough so a short side is nearest you, then flatten dough slightly by pressing down horizontally with rolling pin across dough at regular intervals, making uniform impressions. Roll out dough into a 15 by 10-inch rectangle, rolling just to but not over ends. Brush off any excess flour. Fold in thirds like a letter, as above, stretching corners to square off dough, forming a 10 by 5-inch rectangle. Chill, wrapped in plastic wrap for 1 hour. Repeat three additional times to make a total of four folds. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill at least 8 hours but no more than 18.

Shape croissants:
Holding short side (side opposite tip) of 1 triangle in one hand, stretch dough, tugging and sliding with other hand toward tip to elongate by about 50 percent. Return to work surface with short side of triangle nearest you. Beginning with short side, roll up triangle toward tip. Croissant should overlap 3 times, with tip sticking out from underneath; you may need to stretch dough while rolling.) Put croissant tip side down on a parchment-lined large baking sheet. (Curve ends inward to make a crescent shape if desired.) Make more croissants with remaining 5 triangles, then with remaining rolled-out dough, arranging them 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Repeat rolling, cutting, and shaping procedures with chilled piece of dough.

Let croissants rise:
Slide each baking sheet into a garbage bag, propping up top of bag with inverted glasses to keep it from touching croissants, and tuck open end under baking sheet. Let croissants rise until slightly puffy and spongy to the touch, 2 to 2‚ hours.

Bake croissants:
Adjust oven racks to upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 425°F. Remove baking sheets from bags. Spritz inside oven generously with spray bottle and close door. Put croissants in oven, then spritz again before closing door. Reduce temperature to 400°F and bake 10 minutes without opening door. Switch position of sheets in oven and rotate sheets 180°, then reduce temperature to 375°F and bake until croissants are deep golden, about 10 minutes more.