Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Bread with Cinnamon Icing

Warning: You will not want to share your creation with anyone because it is THAT good. I came across the original recipe for the Cinnamon Roll bread on Joy the Baker's website. The Cinnamon Icing recipe came from Stephanie's Kitchen. I modified the Cinnamon Roll bread just a tad, and made some math mistakes. Oops. 

All I have to say is that I am joining a gym next week because this plus the other sweet treats I have planned for you will turn me into a whale! 

Here we go!!!

Cinnamon Roll Bread

The Dough:
  • Please ignore that brown sugar! You'll be using that later :) 
  • 2 3/4 cup flour + 2 tablespoons...I used plain, but you can use all-purpose 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (7g or 2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 oz (3ish tablespoons) butter...mmmm butter, my fave!
  • 1/3 cup milk...I used semi-skimmed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil
  • A rectangular bread pan
  • Some mixing bowls and spoons
  • Tea towel
  • Cling film
In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, and salt

In another bowl, whisk the eggs...strangely satisfying! I usually use a fork!
 
I just wanted to show you my cute measuring cups I purchased from Anthropologie

Melt the butter and milk in a small saucepan. Once the butter has melted, take it off the heat and add water and vanilla, and let it sit for 1-2 minutes
 
Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture


Mix with a spatula-weird, I know. I wasn't a fan, really!
 
Add the egg into your mixture and stir forever. Okay, not forever, but awhile until it comes together

Add the rest of the flour and stir for about 2 minutes. The dough will be super sticky!
 
It's so sticky I'm gonna diiiieee!! Despicable Me? No? Okay. Moooving on...
 
Vegetable Oil-up a medium sized bowl
 
Place the dough in the oiled-up bowl, cover with cling film and a tea towel, and leave it to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Watch Criminal Minds and be prepared to be scared walking out of your house
 
Grease and flour the pan
 
Put 2 tablespoons of flour on a chopping board. You like that K I drew? Yeaaah that's real talent!

Pretend the dough is your enemy and punch it to deflate it!
 
Buuut since Karma's a b*, your hand gets smothered in sticky dough. It'll come off! Just start kneading the flour into the dough, and add more if it's too sticky, like I did
 
Cover your dough with a tea towel and let it sit for 5 minutes

Roll the dough out so it's about 12 in tall and 20 in long. If it doesn't want to get that big, roll it out as big as you can


Psssst... Mr. Sweets is probably gawking at the mess I've made in the kitchen. Whoops. Don't worry, I cleaned it up, Mr. Sweets. And I put my engagement ring back on ;)



Filling:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz (3ish tablespoons) butter
Mix the sugars and cinnamon in a small bowl

Melt that butter! Mmm you just saw 2 of my fave ingredients ever-sugar and butter!
 
Spread the melted butter over your rolled out dough. I used all of the butter! It was a lot but sooo delish!
 
Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the butter and rub it around! All of my favorite ingredients in 1 place, yes please!
 
Okay, so I added too much sugar. Whoops. That was meant to be a mistake. Use a pizza cutter to slice 6 vertical pieces across the dough
 
Pile them on top of each other and marvel in my sugary mess!
 
Okay, so I was supposed to slice these up into 6 pieces, but since I am bad at math, I sliced 7. Oh well!
 
Grease and flour your pan

Place your slices all next to each other in your pan

Cover the pan with a tea towel and let it rise in a warm place for 30-45 minutes, until it doubles in size
 
Doubled! Heat your oven to 175 C / 350 F and bake for 30-35 minutes! Even though the top may look done, the middle may not be, as I learned the hard way. Once baked, let it cool down slightly and then add my delish icing!!

Cinnamon Icing
See? My counter is now clean! 
You need:
  • 4 oz (6.5 tablespoons) cream cheese at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners (icing) sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
One tip, if you're not familiar with it yet, is to wet your spoon before scooping out butter or cream cheese or anything like that. The water prevents the food sticking to the spoon :)
Cream together the butter and cream cheese

Add half of the sugar, mixing with a wooden spoon or else you'll end up with a huge mess like I did! Once mixed, add the rest of the sugar

Once the sugar is mixed, whisk it so it's fluffier! Dip your finger in and taste a piece of heaven!
 
By now your bread should be done!! LOOK HOW AMAZING THAT IS!

MMMMM!!! Are you drooling yet?! I am, and it's in my kitchen!!
 
Smooches!! Smother that bread with the icing and pucker up!!

Ciao!! xoxo

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vegetarian Puff Pastry Pie and Roast Potatoes and Onions...yum!

Hello and welcome to my first 2 recipes! My inspiration behind these recipes comes from two different sources. The pie is an inspiration from my aunt/Godmother, Dahria, who told me about a vegetarian Shepherds Pie she created! Well, I didn't want carb overload so I nixed the mashed potatoes out of the recipe!

My other inspiration comes from this post. I added my own twist to both recipes and was definitely in food heaven! Most of my recipes are meant for 1, since Mr. Sweets isn't around during the week. Although you'll see that there are plenty of leftovers anyway!

Buon appetito! 

Roast Potatoes and Onions

Okay! Let's get started! You will need:
  • Potatoes in any size and quantity you want
  • Onions 
  • Some extra-virgin olive oil because it is deeeelish!
  • 1 cube of vegetable stock (optional-I realized it made the dish very salty)
  • A baking dish
  • A chopping board
  • Hobnobs (cookies) to satisfy your hunger!! Okay, maybe keep this one out...I just love cookies.
  • Boil some water in a saucepan
  • Chop those potatoes! Be careful not to cut yourself, as Mr. Sweets always does!
  • Add the chopped potatoes into the boiling water for 5 minutes
  • Generously coat your baking dish with olive oil




  • Peel and chop the onions, and ignore my mess!
  • Add the potatoes and onions to the baking dish
  • I needed more flavors, so I added breadcrumbs, garlic granules, and Italian herb seasoning
  • Crumble the vegetable stock cube over the potatoes. Like I said, I found that it added too much salt to the mixture so it's up to you if you want it in there!


 Voila! I mixed it all together and stuck it in the oven at 200 C / 400  F for 40 minutes!


Vegetarian Puff Pastry Pie

Mmmm now this recipe is something I will be making more often!! I am so happy I have leftovers! 
 What you'll need:
  • 1 roll of puff pastry
  • Vegetables-any kind and quantity you want!
  • Vegetarian Mince Meat-I used Quorn
  • Paprika
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Garlic & Herbs Cream Cheese
  • Onions-however many you want!
  • Baking dish
  • Chopping board
 

  • Chop your onions
  • Boil the veggies
  • Measure your puff pastry on your baking dish and cut it so there is some extra left hanging over the edge. If you mess up, just use a rolling pin to roll the pastry out to make it larger.
 

  • Add olive oil to a frying pan and put on medium to low heat
  • Add the onions, mince meat, and paprika
  • Once the veggies are done boiling, add them to the pan along with a generous dollop of cream cheese
  • Pour in as much Worcestershire sauce as you want to get the flavor you like! 
  • Mix so the cream cheese and sauce coat the meat and veggies
Pour the mixture into the baking dish


 

  • Cover your baking dish with the puff pastry
  • Brush the top of the pastry with egg wash-just beat 1 egg into a bowl as if you're making scrambled eggs! This will turn the top of your pie golden and beautiful!
Stick it in the oven along along with your roast potatoes for about 20 minutes, or until golden and puffed up!

 Look outside your window to see if two pigeons are cuddling and kissing :) 
 

Okay, so I'm not good at presentation, but it all goes down my tummy regardless! Mmmm this was one of the best meals I've ever had. I hope that if you make this, you enjoy it as much as I did and will for lunch tomorrow!!

Ciao! xoxo