Yummy-buns!

This weekend I was a baking queen! I started out Saturday with cinnamon rolls from scratch and then on Sunday I used the left over dough to make pizza. It was my first time making either of these from scratch so I am feeling pretty proud! I had to modify a bit because although I had all the ingredients in the house I didn’t have the right quantities of everything. So here is what you will need:

 

3 1/2 C warm water
3/4 C sugar
1/2 C oil
6T yeast

Mix and let sit for 15 minutes

1T salt
3 eggs
10 1/2 cups flour

Mix into yeast mix and let rise for 10 minutes.

1/4 C butter

1 C sugar
1T cinnamon

Icing:
1 stick butter
2 dashes salt
2t vanilla
6 C powdered sugar
Milk as needed

 

So this is what 10 1/2 cups of flour looks like:

You could cut this recipe in half if you only want to make a pan full of rolls and don’t want any left over. But this dough as pizza crust is REALLY good!

So I mixed up the yeast to get it active:

You just need to add the warm water, sugar and yeast together. I only had 2 little packets of yeast so that’s all I used. The more you add the more it will rise.

Once it sat for 15 minutes I mixed in the flour, salt, and eggs.

Let it sit for about 15 minutes and let it rise. The dough is sticky as heck and frustrating to work with. Use oil or flour to make it a bit easier to work with.

At this point take half of the dough or all of it if you halved the recipe and roll it out on a greased surface. I used foil coated in grease. I skipped the rolling pin foreseeing a big sticky mess. I just patted it out to a big rectangle. Spread butter onto the surface and add the cinnamon sugar mixture. Then roll it up.

Instead of having to deal with touching the dough and risking it sticking to my hands and falling apart I just picked up the foil and pushed it into a roll.

Next you just have to cut it in half, then half those halves, then once more. You’ll end up with 8 pieces.

You could brush some butter over the top if you want. I didn’t do that. Depending on the thickness of the dough you’ll bake it for around 12-20 minutes. I set my timer for 12 minutes and then just kept checking it. When it’s golden brown on top, it’s done!

Make the icing with a stick of melted butter, powdered sugar, and milk. I just eyeball this part. I didn’t have as much powdered sugar on hand so I just mixed in until it was a chunky consistency and then I added milk until it was thick but spreadable.

Wait for the rolls to cool a bit or the icing will just melt off. Spread the icing and serve!

These were SO good. Like the kind of good that makes you just stop when you take a bite. You could add raisins,nuts, what ever! I bet you could make this baklava style with crushed up pistachios and a little nutmeg. You could add rose syrup to the icing.

 

So about that pizza…

 

Best pizza ever!! My husband said it’s the best he’s ever had. I just patted out the dough into a circle using TONs of flour to keep it from sticking. Then I took some pieces of dough and rolled it into a roll to lay around the edges to create a thicker crust. Next I brushed butter, garlic powder, and italian seasoning on the crust. Then I put spagetti sauce in the center and spread to evenly coat. I used mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, onion, jalepeno, and black olives to dress the pizza. Another healthy coat of mozzarella and a mexican blend finished it up. I baked at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes….seriously….SO good.

 

Enjoy! Please tell me how yours turn out and what modifications you made!

 

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Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn

Oh My GOD.  How many of you buy a bag of marshmallows for s’mores or some recipe and end up with some leftover, and then it just sits there getting stale and you have no idea what else to use them in?!  This happens all the time.  Jayesh always looks pointedly at me when he sees a clipped bag of marshmallows in the back of the fridge.  Well now I’ve found a delicious use for them!

Almost always I have to have popcorn while watching a movie.  It reminds me of my weekly trips to the cinema with my mother.  We used to share a soda and a bag of popcorn with extra butter.  It was our thing.  Also reminds me of my grandfather-he LOVED popcorn.  He’d always ask me to pop a bag, especially when his throat was itchy from a cold.  He said he liked the way they scratched his throat on the way down.

So I’ve got a lot of fond memories tied up to these delicious little kernels.  Now I always like to top my popcorn with something other than butter.  I use pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, garlic chutney, etc.  I also like to dip them in salsa or sour cream.  Usually I like it savory, but every once in a while I have a sweet tooth and like to add caramel or something of the sort.  So here’s what you need.

 

Brown Sugar

Butter

Marshmallows

Popcorn (popped)

The brown sugar and butter should be 1:1 ratio.  Melt those in the microwave and mix.  Add in some marshmallows and microwave a little at a time and keep stirring.  The marshmallows inflate and make it hard to mix if you do a long period of time.  Pour this mix over your popcorn and ENJOY!!!

 

Does anyone else dress their popcorn, how do you do it?

Shake your Kombucha

 

For a few months now, my husband and I have been drinking Kombucha.  What’s that you ask?!  It’s a magical elixir!  It’s basically a dose of good bacteria to make things right in your body.  It detoxifies, balances, and makes you feel so so good.  There’s claims that the guy who made GT’s Kombucha, gave it to his mother who had breast cancer and it helped her fight it.  Who knows if these claims are true or not.  I’m not saying it will cure cancer.  My friend told me she had been drinking it through her pregnancy and she swears by it.  So I thought we’d give it a shot.  First we shared a bottle once a week and now we have a whole bottle once a week.  I read a lot of reviews about this stuff, and mostly people complained about the smell and flavor, but honestly I don’t really notice anything.  It smells like vinegar and tastes like whatever flavor it is.  I like the berry ones and the ginger one.  There’s bacteria colonies floating around in it so you shouldn’t shake it violently and it is effervescent.  I suppose if you’re a finicky eater you probably won’t enjoy this stuff, but I like it.  I’ll try anything a couple of times.  I’ve noticed I have more energy, I feel cleaner from the inside, and I’m super regulated.  I feel the balance.  If anybody is a raw foodist, then you can drink this, it’s totally raw.  I’ve heard of the pasteurized kind, but that makes no sense to me.  Pasteurizing kills the bacteria, so I don’t see how that would be effective.

The drink contains probiotics and powerful antioxidants.  I’ve also noticed my skin has a glow through the week. It’s low in calories and sugar and is great as part of a cleanse.

So don’t be a pansy!  Just put your big girl underpants on and take a swig, you’ll feel amazing!

 

Read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha