Happy Spring!

March 23, 2009 at 12:07 am | Posted in Cookies | 2 Comments

Happy Spring!!!  Time to start baking fun bright colored sugar cookies!  They make me happy every time   🙂

Vanilla Pudding Cinnamon Rolls w/Cream Cheese Icing

March 9, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Posted in bread, Breakfast, Cinnamon, Dessert | 4 Comments

So, I’ve said before, I’m not a huge “sweets” person.  If you give me the choice between a brownie and a plate of french fries, I’m going for the fries.  Salty is my thing.  However, I saw this recipe not too long ago on My Kitchen Cafe’s blog and it looked amazing.  I love cinnamon rolls – I always have!  I don’t eat them often at all.  In fact, before yesterday I probably hadn’t had one in years, but I really wanted to make these.  Everyone loves a good cinnamon roll!  I was a little nervous because baking with yeast scares me.  It shouldn’t, but it does.  You just never know how it is going to go, yet if that one little inredient doesn’t work, then the recipe is screwed.  These didn’t rise QUITE as much as I would have liked but they still did rise and they were so pretty when they came out of the oven!

Ingredients

Rolls:
½ cup warm water
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3 ½ ounce package instant vanilla pudding
½ cup butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
6+ cups flour

Filling:
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 cups brown sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon

Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese
½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups confectioner’s sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
Directions

In a small bowl combine water, yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Set aside. In large bowl, take pudding mix and prepare according to package directions. Add butter, eggs and salt. Mix well. Then add yeast mixture. Blend. Gradually add flour; knead until smooth. Do not overflour the dough! It should be very soft but not sticky. Place in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled. Then roll out on floured board to 34 X 21 inches in size. Take 1 cup soft butter and spread over surface. In bowl, mix 2 cups brown sugar and 4 teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle over the top. Roll up very tightly. With knife put a notch every 1 1/2 inches. Cut with thread or serrated knife. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet 1 inch apart. Cover and let rise until double again. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove when they start to turn golden (don’t overbake). Frost warm rolls with cream cheese frosting (combine butter and cream cheese and mix well, then add vanilla and sugar and mix again, then add milk for desired consistency). Makes about 24 very large rolls.

Pig Rating:  The Pig isn’t a huge “sweets” person either so I was surprised he even wanted one but he loved it!  He said it was awesome – he had one for dessert last night even after the initial “trying the baked good”. 

Mrs. Pig Rating:  If you like cinnamon rolls, then you HAVE to make these.  They are a little work and lots of clean up (well, I’m messy…) but so worth it!  Warm them up in the microwave and they are perfection!!!

 

Banana Crumb Muffins

March 4, 2009 at 12:28 am | Posted in Banana, Breakfast, Muffins | 4 Comments

Yes, I’m still alive!!!  My life has been very busy lately and I just haven’t been in the mood to blog but I’m coming back around.  🙂  I updated my other blog Musings of a Military Sister last night – check it out if you get a chance.  My brother left for Iraq this past weekend.  Maybe baking and cooking will keep my mind off of it?!  🙂 

I made these muffins awhile ago now, but they were so good that I think I’ve made them three times now!  My coworkers loved them and I think they are truly the best banana muffin/bread that I have ever eaten.  I love banana flavored stuff but sometimes you think things will be good but they are too dry or not flavorful enough or some other weird bad thing.  However, these are absolutely amazing!!!  I found them on allrecipes.com when I needed to use up some bananas that were definitely past prime for an addition to my morning cereal.  🙂

Ingredients (makes about 10-11 muffins)

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
    3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

    Mrs. Pig Rating:  These are absolutely my favorite muffin ever.  And my favorite banana dessert/food of any kind.  I will make these again and again.  And they are pretty enough to take to a party or something if you need a breakfast!

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