Saturday, October 18, 2008

Ninety Minute Cinnamon Rolls

I found this recipe a few years ago and have adopted this as my official best cinnamon rolls of all time. I make it every Christmas. I like it because I pour the extra cinnamon and brown sugar that is left in the bottom of the muffin tins,over the cinnamon rolls. This way the whole cinnamon roll is like the best part, the center.

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 (1/4 ounce) package instant yeast
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in butter; stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well.Add Water, egg and the milk mixture; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has justed pulled together, turn itout onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.
3. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 1-0 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, soften butter.
4. Roll out dough into a 12x9 inch rectangle. Spread dough with butter/sugar mixture. Sprinkle with raisins if desired. Roll up dough and pinch seem to seal. Cut into 12 equal size rolls and place cut side up in 12 lightly greased muffin cups. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until browned. Be sure to put muffin tin on a cookie sheet to prevent any possible spills. Remove from muffin cups to cool. Serve warm.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Unbelieveable Pumpkin Spice Bread

Fall is here and I look for lots of pumpkin goodies to make. To me there is nothing more homier and comforting than the baking during this time. I love all the spices and the fact that eating them right out of the oven is fabulous. I made this last week and my family couldn't stop eating it. Give it a try, I think you'll agree.

1½ hours 20 min prep
SERVES 24 , 2 loaves
2 cups canned pumpkin
3 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Heat oven to 350.
in a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, water, vegetable oil and eggs.
Beat until well mixed.
Measure the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves into a separate bowl and stir until combined.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, beating until smooth.
Grease two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans and dust with flour. I personally prefer a product called Cake Release by Wilton. I have never had a cake or quick bread stick using this product.
Evenly divide the batter between the two pans.
Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool for 10-15 minutes, then remove from pans by inverting onto a rack and tapping the bottoms.
Slice and serve plain, buttered, or with cream cheese.