Banana Bread

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I found this recipe for banana bread on Facebook.

I loved that it used honey in place of sugar and apple sauce in place of oil.  It also used the whole wheat flour that I’ve been trying to use for baking instead of the regular flour.  This is the first time I’ve had banana bread made with wheat flour and I’ll say that it’s very good.

If you’re a banana bread fan and want to try to make it a different way, give this a try!

I was on my lunch break today when I was making this and my mom had never heard of making bread with apple sauce or honey.  I’ll have to call her tomorrow and let her know she should make this!!  Eat it fresh out of the oven and it’s really good.  I didn’t have any butter on it either!!  Trying to eat good can be hard sometimes but you don’t have to sacrifice either.  (even though I didn’t go to Zantigo this Sunday after church!!)

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Just having the kids walk in the door and ask what smelled so good was worth it today!!  Puts a nice smile on your face.

Enjoy!!

Banana Bread
Recipe Type: Banana Bread
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 mashed overripe bananas
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  2. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

I set my timer for 60 minutes and I could smell it in my office before it went off…It took a little less than the time stated.  So make sure you set your timer if you’re away from the kitchen!!

Enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Facebook – Mary Stone (someone posted it on their page and I shared)

“Lofthouse” Cookies for Santa

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Christmas Eve is just a couple of days away.  I’ll admit, I wasn’t in the baking mood this year.  I had went to Jodi’s house and got a container of cookies, toffee and other goodies to leave out for Santa.  BUT, I knew my grandkids needed to make the cookies and decorate them themselves for Santa.  It just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t.

I thought for sure we had a sugar cookie recipe on our own site that we use each year for christmas baking, but I just didn’t find it.  And I’m thinking I didn’t find it because I needed to make these instead.  I got to Target at least 4 times per week.  I walk past the Lofthouse cookies and so want to buy them.  Most times I don’t but I did last week.  Not for me of course, but for the kids (ok I had one).  But these cookies are so good.  So when I went to my go to site for a recipe (Brown Eyed Baker) the first one that came up was this one.  I HAD TO MAKE THESE.

Let me say that I did buy a pack of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough JUST in case I may have needed it!  Yay for me, I didn’t.  These turned out really well.  Not quite as sweet as the store bought ones but pretty dang good.    BEB did have a recipe for the frosting in her site as well but I made a different cream cheese frosting (click this link to see how I made it).  The only reason I made the cream cheese frosting is because I didn’t have Heavy Cream and had no intentions of running back to the store again.

I’m not going to  say that these were easy to make.  It’s not hard to make them, it’s just me that is a bit on edge when trying to bake something new.  Especially when they’re for Santa, the big event you know.  There’s a lot riding on these cookies for the big guy.  If he didn’t like them, well then that could determine what he left under the tree!

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Yep, I added the first bit of flour for the cookies and of course it flew out all over.  I had to laugh and capture this on camera!  Not pretty in here at that time at all, but I had fun!  It landed on my feet and all!!!

IMG_7788Here’s the dough just waiting in the fridge patiently for me to take out and roll it out.

IMG_7789One of my issues with making dough for these kinds of cookies is that the dough always sticks to my rolling pin or the counter and I get frustrated and just use the pre made stuff from the store.  But this time I had great success.  Not sure what I did different but I only had it stick to the counter a bit and after I added a bit more flour it was just fine.

IMG_7791They turned out just perfect!!!!!!

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Next up?  The frosting.  I used the cream cheese frosting not just because I didn’t have the Heavy Cream and didn’t want to go to Target, but it’s one of our favorite here!!!

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Here’s the green bowl!

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IMG_7803Doubtful that this batch will last until Tuesday night.  Good thing I save a lot of them just in case.

Brooklyn helped a bit and frosted some of the cookies for Santa.

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Her finished product.

I should have some left over to bring to our Christmas Eve dinner!!

This year has gone by fast.  Times have changed, the kids have grown older, but one thing remains the same.  I’m very blessed to have a home to take care of my grandkids that have come to be with me.  Most have this time to spend on their own after their kids have grown doing what they want.  I’ve chosen to give up that freedom and take in kids and give them love and a home.  I may not be perfect and I may not always do the right things but I have faith that God will provide for us as He has for the past 7 years.  I’m thankful at this time of the year that I can not only give the gifts that will be opened on Christmas day but the gift of what Christmas is truly about.

May your home be blessed with love, hope and joy this holiday season.

From our home to yours…Happy Holidays.  May the new year bring your hopes and dreams to reality.

“Lofthouse” Cookies for Santa
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Patricia
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 7 mins
Total time: 37 mins
Ingredients
  • For the Cookies:
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups sour cream
Instructions
  1. DIRECTIONS:
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attached, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough will be a bit “sticky”. Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1½ inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight or at least two hours until firm.
  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  6. Flour the countertop and the top of the dough. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to ¼-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, until pale golden. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Cook cookies completely before frosting.
  7. Once cookies have cooled completely, frost and add sprinkles. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container. Let cookies sit for several hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

Two Girls Cooking – Patricia 😉

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Brown Eyed Baker

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)

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My aunt Judy and uncle Ken are moving to a warmer destination.  For their going away party, I made a Tres Leches Cake (milk cake).

Since I had never made this cake before, it was suggested that I try a piece before others taste it.  You know, to make sure it’s good!  And it was.  Very good.  Moist, which is what the milk did!!

I don’t think I’m going to get to show a picture of the cake on a plate, unless I take it at the party!  Which may be a great idea now that I think about it!!

I was asked if it was a good idea to bring a cake that I had never had before to a party!  So I did cut a piece and make sure that it was party suitable.   It is.

Very easy to make.  The frosting on top, love it.

Here’s my aunt Judy and me at the party!!

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And my Uncle Ken, Aunt Judy and my cousin Camille.

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And Camille made some pretty awesome cupcakes for the party too!!!

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How cute are those?  And they tasted pretty dang good.

Well, Judy and Ken will be off to their next journey in life!!  I’m excited for them.  My plan is to visit…often.  Judy said I could.  Hoping you remember that!!!

I love you Aunt Judy and Uncle Ken.  Many blessings on your new adventure.

Tres Leches (Milk Cake)
Recipe Type: Cake
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9×13 inch baking pan.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside.
  4. Cream butter or margarine and the 1 cup sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat well.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 2 tablespoons at a time; mix until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Pierce cake several times with a fork.
  7. Combine the whole milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk together. Pour over the top of the cooled cake.
  8. Whip whipping cream, the remaining 1 cup of the sugar, and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla together until thick. Spread over the top of cake. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated, enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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Caramel Apple Pie Fudge

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Oh my goodness.  If you love fudge, you must try this.  I had made this a couple of weeks ago and it didn’t turn out so well.  I used white chocolate chips instead of white baking squares.  So this time it settled and tasted ah-mazing!!!

I mentioned that we got home grown apples from Khali’s grandparents last week but this recipe called for dried apples.  So we just keep eating those nummy apples for our snack right now!  I’ll come up with another recipe soon for those apples.

In the past few years I’ve grown to love, love, love sweets.  Not sure when this happened.  And I’m not sure if I’m ok with it.  Oh I do love eating it, I’m just not sure if I should be eating it.  Sitting down with a pan of this fudge is dangerous.  We have a saying that we have at work:  Stay strong or indulge completely.  Well I’ve tried my best to stay strong with sweets.  Some days are just harder than others.  And fudge is a favorite of mine.

The last time I made this I didn’t let the white chocolate melt completely.   So try again and hope for success.  Which is is!!!!

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The chocolate baking bars instead this time.

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Caramel.  Need I say anymore?  Nope.

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Pour the caramel over the top and use a knife to swirl it in.  Oh yum.

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I sprinkled some cinnamon on the top before putting it in the fridge.  Wow, this so good.

You have to try it if you love fudge.  Well you should just try it because it’s good!!!  Enough said.  Just saying.

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Of course you have to add a bit more caramel for your own piece.  No one will know!

Enjoy your day and bake away!!

Caramel Apple Pie Fudge
Recipe Type: Fudge
Author: Patricia
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • • 3 cups sugar
  • • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • • 3/4 cup dried apple, finely diced
  • • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • • 1/4 cup caramel
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper (13×9 inch pan if you like your fudge thinner.) Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan combine the first four ingredients, bring to a rolling boil and stir continuously for 4 minutes (because the mixture burns easily.) Remove from heat.
  4. Add white chocolate, dried apple, vanilla, and spices; blend well, stirring for several more minutes until chocolate is completely dissolved. Pour into baking dish. Heat Dulche de Leche in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to loosen. Drizzle or drop dollops around in the baking dish and swirl through with a dull knife for a marbled effect.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours (or overnight), until hardened.
  6. Remove parchment paper from pan and place on cutting board. Cut into squares.
  7. To store: fudge should be refrigerated, in a covered container, for up to one week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Very Culinary 

Apple Cream Cheese Bread

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Apple.  Cream Cheese  Bread.  Fall has hit here in MN.  We went from being in the high 70s a week ago and now we’re in the 50s.  And we know what’s coming next.  I won’t say it but we know!!!

This is my favorite time of the year.  Not only do I love the colors you see when driving down the street, but cooking seems to be easier to do when you can turn on the oven.  I love grilling.  I love the hot and sun, but I also love what this season brings.

This past weekend was little Miss Khali’s 2nd birthday.   We traveled to WI and got a huge bucket of apples that came from her grandparent’s backyard!!

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Can’t get any better than home made bread with some fresh home grown apples!!!

I made this on my lunch break and had it baking in the oven when the kiddo’s got home from school today.  I was so hoping this would put them in a good mood.  Yay, it worked.

We were supposed to have our football dinner tonight but it was changed to next week.  So back to Taco Tuesday it was.  Now Tacos and Apple bread may not sound like it goes well together, but it does.  And it really didn’t matter.  We ate half the loaf!

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Getting the cream cheese portion ready.

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This bread batter was pretty thick.  But the cream cheese made it just right.  I was a bit worried on how the bread would turn out.  I’ve learned not to shy away from these types of recipes but I do still sit and worry if it’s going to turn out okay.  When the kids like it, usually I can assume it a success.

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Apples in bread!!!!

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After pouring the cream cheese batter on the bread batter, you mix it all in with a knife to make a pretty cool design.

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I added a bit more sugar and cinnamon to the top!!  I do this when making banana bread and it always adds a sweet taste to the crust!

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Fresh out of the oven!!  I love fresh, warm bread right out of the oven.  We all did (except Khali – she didn’t want to eat it!!).

If you’re looking for a great bread to try, this is an easy go to one.

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How pretty is this!!!

Apple Cream Cheese Bread
Recipe Type: Bread
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 2 apples (cut in small pieces or grate)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup flour (Kim used whole Wheat Flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice seasoning or cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Cream Cheese:
  • 6 ounce of cream cheese (room temp)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your loaf pan with “Pam” spray and line with parchment paper and spray that also. I like using the parchment paper because you can have the over hang of the paper on the sides and you can use that to help pull the entire loaf out of the baking dish.
  2. Using a mixing bowl add the oil and the sugar and mix. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix again. In another smaller bowl add the measured flour, baking soda, salt and the spice. Whisk these all together then add to the egg mixture and mix. Add the grated apples and mix.
  3. In the smaller bowl combing the ingredients for the cream cheese mixture and blend.
  4. Place the batter in the prepared loaf pan then add all of the cream cheese mixture and spread around to cover the apple batter. Using a fork or knife, gently swirl the two layers together.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes. Watch so that you don’t over bake your bread. Kim covered her bread for the first 30 minutes with a tent made from foil. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes clean. Cool then slice and enjoy

Enjoy!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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The Wednesday Baker

Cinnamon Rolls – Heidi DeJong (Guest Blogger)

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Patricia has been asking me for months to be a guest blogger, and I’ve turned her down time after time with excuses: I was too busy; I didn’t take pictures of my creations, etc.  However, this item is a proud achievement for me and I had to share.  Here it is, at long last: my blogging debut.

My husband recently gave me a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for our anniversary.  I know some of you out there might be saddened or upset about getting a kitchen appliance for an anniversary gift, but I was over the moon; I had been wishing and hoping for a mixer for quite some time.  Now that I have one, I’ve been trying some new yeast dough recipes that just seemed impossible to do without a mixer.  My latest trial:  homemade cinnamon rolls.

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I have fond memories of sweet rolls that my great grandmother used to make.  They weren’t cinnamon rolls exactly, and they weren’t quite caramel rolls either, but some sort of cross between the two.  My mom has a notebook of family recipes, but it only lists the ingredients and the amounts.  I’m sure some of you know the kind of “recipes” I’m talking about.  Now,   I know my grandma knows exactly what to do with that ingredient list and it works great for her, but for a novice like me a list of ingredients just isn’t going to cut it.  My sister and I have talked about getting Grandma to show us how it’s done, but that just hasn’t happened yet.  So, I went in search of a cinnamon roll recipe that could give me the direction I needed.  I think I found a pretty good one.

I started off by placing the warmed milk, warm water, vanilla, yeast, and butter into my stand mixer with the dough hook attached.  I mixed it on the lowest speed while I continued to add the other ingredients.  Next I added the beaten eggs, salt, sugar, and bread flour.  I allowed the mixer to mix on low speed until all the ingredients were well combined and then I bumped it up to the second speed to knead the dough.  I let the mixer do all the kneading for me, about 10 minutes.  As the mixer was kneading, I noticed that my dough didn’t stay in a nice ball, it was sticking to the bottom of my bowl, so I added additional bread flour one tablespoon at a time until it got to a tacky consistency.  From making other yeast dough recipes I knew it should feel a little tacky, but not stick to my fingers when I touched it.  Now, I’m sure all of this can be done by hand; it just seemed too intimating to me to try mixing a thick dough recipe like this by hand.  If you don’t have a stand mixer though, give it a whirl.  These are so yummy the extra work would be worth it.

Once the mixer had done all the kneading for me, I took the dough out of the bowl and sprayed the mixer bowl with some cooking spray.  I placed my dough back in the sprayed bowl, covered the bowl with plastic wrap and sat it on my counter to rise.   The recipe says to let it rise until doubled in size.  Well let’s just say things got a little hectic that night and I forgot about my dough until about 4½ hours later.  I think it more than doubled in size, but hey things like that happen especially with a three year old in the house.

After the dough had finished rising, I buttered a 9”x13”x2” pan, set that aside, and started the assembly process of my rolls.  Using my rolling pin I rolled and stretched the dough into a 15”x24” rectangle.  I used an offset frosting spatula to spread the ½ cup softened butter from the cinnamon filling recipe onto the rectangle of dough (you could use a rubber spatula or even a pastry brush to do this).  I made sure there was an even layer of butter across the whole thing.  Then I mixed the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkled that over the buttered dough, making sure it was a nice even layer.  Starting with the long edge, roll up the dough and pinch the seam to seal.  Now the recipe I used had a note: Rolling the log too tightly will result in cinnamon rolls whose centers pop up above the rest of them as they bake.  I didn’t think I rolled my log too tightly, but some of the centers on my rolls popped out.  They still tasted good though :O)

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Now that I had my long log of cinnamon rolled dough, I cut them into 1½ inch sections using a serrated knife.  I sliced very gently so they wouldn’t squish.  The recipe is supposed to make 15 rolls, but I must have rolled my dough into a slightly larger rectangle because I got 18 rolls.  Place them in the prepared baking pan(s) (12 rolls will fit into the 9x13x2 dish; I placed my extras into a buttered round cake pan).  The unbaked cinnamon rolls should not touch each other before rising and baking.  Mine did touch a little, but what can you do?  I covered my pans with plastic wrap and let them do their final rise in the refrigerator overnight.  If you want to bake them the same day, let them rise on the counter for about 45 minutes to an hour or until doubled in size.  After rising, the rolls should be touching each other and the sides of the pan.

The next morning I took my rolls out of the refrigerator and let them warm up a bit.  They hadn’t completely doubled in size so I let them finish rising on the counter.  Once they were the size I wanted, I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and baked them for about 20-25 minutes until they were a light golden brown.

While my rolls were baking I mixed up the frosting.  Now my husband and daughter love frosting, so I doubled the frosting recipe which I think was a good idea for us.  Once the rolls were done, I took them out of the oven and placed the pan on a cooling rack and frosted the rolls while they were still hot.  Frosting them while still hot allowed the gooey frosting to slightly melt into the rolls.

Oh my goodness were these cinnamon rolls delicious!  They weren’t my great grandmother’s rolls, but they were delicious none the less.  Cinnamon rolls may have been intimidating to me in the past, but not anymore.  They are a bit time consuming, but well worth the time and effort.  Enjoy!

Heidi DeJong – Guest Blogger

Cinnamon Rolls – Heidi DeJong (Guest Blogger)
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Heidi DeJong – Guest Blogger
Ingredients
  • Dough:
  • 1 cup milk (heated about 1 minute in microwave)
  • ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs, room temperature and beaten
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • Cinnamon Filling:
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Frosting (I doubled this recipe):
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a 5-quart stand mixer, combine all the ingredients in the order given except the Cinnamon Filling and the Butter Frosting. Using a dough hook, mix everything together until a soft dough forms.
  2. Check the dough. It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time). If you can’t judge your dough by looking, stick your finger in and feel the dough. It should be slightly tacky to the touch.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly-oiled surface (I use a nonstick cooking spray), and knead until elastic, approximately 10 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size
  4. Butter a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan; set aside.
  5. After dough has risen, using your rolling pin, roll and stretch the dough into approximately a 15 x 24-inch rectangle.
  6. Brush the 1/2 cup softened butter (listed below in the Cinnamon Filling) over the top of the dough with a rubber spatula or a pastry brush. Sprinkle Cinnamon Filling over the butter on the prepared dough. Starting with long edge, roll up dough; pinch seams to seal. NOTE: Rolling the log too tightly will result in cinnamon rolls whose centers pop up above the rest of them as they bake.
  7. With a knife, lightly mark roll into 1 1/2-inch section. Use a sharp knife (I like to use a serrated knife and saw very gently) or slide a 12-inch piece of dental floss or heavy thread underneath. By bringing the ends of the floss up and criss-crossing them at the top of each mark, you can cut through the roll by pulling the strings in opposite directions. Place cut side up in prepared baking pan, flattening them only slightly. The unbaked cinnamon rolls should not touch each other before rising and baking. Do not pack the unbaked cinnamon rolls together.
  8. At this point, the cinnamon rolls can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight (I’ve actually made them two days in advance) or frozen for one (1) month. Before baking, allow rolls to thaw completely and rise in a warm place if frozen. I have found that I have to take the unbaked frozen cinnamon rolls out of the freezer 10 to 12 hours before planning to bake. I just put the frozen cinnamon rolls (container and rolls) on my counter (not in the refrigerator) overnight for 10 to 12 hours.
  9. If refrigerated, they can be either baked upon removing from the refrigerator or let come to a room temperature (I’ve done both ways). They do a slow rise overnight and it is not necessary to let them come to room temperature before baking. If you rolls are not rising enough after being refrigerated, your yeast may need to be tested. To overcome this, let them rise, while sitting on the counter, until you achieve the desired rising before baking.
  10. Cover and let rise in a warm place for approximately 45 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size (after rising, rolls should be touching each other and the sides of the pan).
  11. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake approximately 20 to 25 minutes in a regular oven until they are a light golden brown. A good check is to use an instant digital thermometer to test your bread. The temperature should be between 190 and 200 degrees.
  12. This is the type of cooking and meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking. I get many readers asking what cooking/meat thermometer that I prefer and use in my cooking and baking. I, personally, use the Thermapen Thermometer shown in the photo on the right. Originally designed for professional users, the Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer is used by chefs all over the world.
  13. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Spread prepared Butter Frosting over the cinnamon rolls while still warm.
  14. Best served warm, but room temperature is also great!

 Thanks to Heidi for making these and sharing!  If she lived closer to me I sure would have been at her house for breakfast!

Let us know how you enjoyed these as well.  We love to hear from you!!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking

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What’s Cooking America 

 

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

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Last week my friend Heidi had told me about this dish that she made.  She said it was super easy and her family liked it.  Now, that meant I was going to like it.  Taking a 50/50 shot here that the others in my home would as well.

Those that have followed long enough know that there are certain people that are just picky (that would be Brooklyn), there are certain people that will eat some and then are just picky (that’s Caleb), then there’s another that is just as picky as Brooklyn (that would be Craig) but will always ask what my back up plan is.  I don’t have a back up plan.  A sandwich is their back up plan.  Mine is to enjoy what was made and love it because it was made from love, hard work…..Yeah that won’t work!

Last night Caleb had football.  He was so excited because he got to wear his helmet, pads and all.  He actually tried it on for me a few times yesterday.  So when it came down to dinner, he was all set to play.  I’m not sure how he ate with all of that limiting movement stuff on!!!

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Man, kids grow up too fast.  I told him yesterday to stop. He asked me how is he supposed to do that!!!  Time goes by so fast.  Tackle football?  Oh boy, I’m a bit nervous.

Anyhow!!  This was a super easy meal to make.  However, sometimes I tend to be a major multi-tasker and skimmed a bit too fast when it said how to put the meal together.  Woops.  It still turned out great and it tasted the same (I’m sure)!

Here’s a peek at some of the food while it’s cooking!!

Here’s the ground turkey and water boiling!

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Here’s the meat and tomato sauce..

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Smelled fantastic!!

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The pasta…almost dinner time!!

Sour Cream Noodle Bake
Recipe Type: Casserole
Author: Patricia
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1 can 15-ounces Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 8 ounces, weight Egg Noodles
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1-1/4 cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • 1/4 chives
  • 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown ground turkey in a large skillet. Add tomato sauce. 1/2 teaspoon salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Stir, then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. Cook egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Add to noodles and stir. Add chives and stir.
  5. To assemble, add half of the noodles to a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, then sprinkle on half the grated cheddar. Repeat with noodles, meat, then a final layer of cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted.

I didn’t have any crusty french bread to go along with this but I sure wish I did.  We’re not much on bread here (me mostly due to the carbs) but there are times when you wish you had it and this was it.

I am thankful to Heidi for sharing this with me!  I hope your family enjoys it as much as ours!!

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

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Pioneer Woman