Monday, July 4, 2011

Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns

We were in the mood for some cinnamon buns and I found this great recipe online! Unfortunatly I was up until about midnight making them! ( I started them late) But they were a great breakfast the next day! Here is what you will need:

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1/2 cup warm water

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup white sugar

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  • 3/4 cup butter

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup chopped pecans, divided

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • Step One:
    In a small bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar and yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup butter and salt; stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm.
    Step Two:
    In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture, milk mixture, eggs and 1 1/2 cup flour; stir well to combine. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.

    Step Three:
    Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
    Step Four:
    While dough is rising, melt 3/4 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 3/4 cup brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Pour into greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Sprinkle bottom of pan with 1/2 cup pecans; set aside. Melt remaining butter; set aside. Combine remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup pecans, and cinnamon; set aside.
    Step Five:
    Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, roll into an 18x14 inch rectangle. Brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter, leaving 1/2 inch border uncovered; sprinkle with brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Starting at long side, tightly roll up, pinching seam to seal. Brush with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. With serrated knife, cut into 15 pieces; place cut side down, in prepared pan. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in volume. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    This is what they look like once they have risen.

    Step Six:
    Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool in pan for 3 minutes, then invert onto serving platter. Scrape remaining filling from the pan onto the rolls.

    Mine turned out a little darker than I had hoped. I am bad for that!

    enjoy this ooey gooey treat! xoxo

    Best Ever Molasses Sugar Cookies

    Dan had a craving for these cookies so I went out and bought the molasses. I wasn't in a rush to make them so the molasses sat in the cupboard for about two months. Seriously, do not let your molasses sit in your cupboard any longer..these cookies are AMAZING! so soft and chewy, and delightfully delectable! Make them today, you will be so happy you did!


    Here is what you will need!

  • 1 1/2 cups shortening (MELTED)

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1/2 cup molasses

  • 2 eggs

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • Step ONE
    -Preheat your oven to 375F.

    Step TWO
    -In a medium bowl mix the shortening, sugar, eggs, and molasses. Beat well.

    Step THREE
    -In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together. Flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt.
    Step FOUR
    Add the dry ingredients to the wet.

    Step FIVE
    -Roll the dough into walnut size balls and roll them in sugar. Place them on a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

    Step SIX
    -Bake for 8-10 minutes..
    xo enjoy!

    Easy Homemade Bread

    We make our own bread every week. Dan eats about 4 or 5 loaves a week!  Homemade bread is worth the time. Here is an easy recipe for you if you want to make your own bread at home! This recipe makes 2 loaves.

    IN a large bowl pour 2 cups of lukewarm water
    -2 tbsp of sugar
    -1 tsp salt
    -1/3  cup oil
    -1 tbsp of yeast

    Gradually add 5 cups of flour.  stirring with a fork, or using a large mixer with the kneading attachment. We use about 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour and 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour. EXTRA: I add about 1/2 cup of oats and a handful of flax seeds to the mix.
    If you do not have a mixer you need to knead the dough yourself. Work in the last of the flour in a rotating motion with your hand. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 8-10 minutes.

    Next shape your dough into a round ball and place in a greased bowl, rotating the ball to grease all of the surface. Cover bowl with seran wrap and let it rise until its doubled in size. (about 1/2 and hour)
    Once doubled take dough and punch it down into loaves and place them into greased loaf pans. Keep the dough out of drafts and allow it to rise until it is above the edge of the loaf pan.

    Bake at 400F for 26-28 minutes or until golden brown.

    xo enjoy!