Hocus Pocus 2013!

Well, we’re done with 2012 and on to 2013.  Looking back I think I’m overall pretty happy with the way the year went.  We learned a lot, laughed a lot, and made some big decisions that turned out to be the best.  I hope everyone had a year worth reflecting on and I wish you the best for 2013.

 

To start the year off right I’ve decided to share with you my recipe for hocus pocus rolls.  Why hocus pocus?  Because they’re MAGIC!  They taste like a cinnamon roll with none of the effort, there’s a disappearing act that is pretty cool, and they are magically DELICIOUS!  Did I have you at cinnamon roll?  I thought so.

Here’s what you need:

roll of crecent rolls

marshmallows – 1 for each roll

melted butter or ghee

cinnamon sugar mix

 

First POP that can of crecent rolls open and lay them out.  Then take a marshmallow coat it in ghee or melted butter and cover with cinnamon sugar.

Hocus Pocus Rolls

 

 

Next you want to place the marshmallow in the center of the roll and roll it up so that the marshmallow is completely sealed in there.  I only made four rolls because we don’t give much sugar to my son so I left the other four plain for him.  Anyway, I left a couple unsealed to show you what happens.  Nice of me, huh? 🙂

Hocus Pocus Rolls

 

Next I brushed some ghee over the top and dusted a little bit of cinnamon sugar on top.  Pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until they’re golden brown.

Hocus Pocus Rolls

 

When they come out, they’ll look totally normal, but the magic is waiting on the inside!

 

Hocus Pocus Rolls

 

As you can see, if you leave them unsealed, they poop all over the place and it’s sticky and hard to unstick.  SO, make sure you seal them up.

 

Here’s what happens when you do it right:

Hocus Pocus RollsAs you can see, there’s no marshmallow in sight.  It’s just cinnamon sugary goodness with “icing”.  SO good.  SO easy.  Try it out!!

 

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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!