Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cinnamon Roll Class

A few weeks ago I was asked to teach some girls from the neighborhood a cooking class.  I thought they would enjoy learning how to make cinnamon rolls.  They did really well and we had a fun time.  Not to mention that we ate a bunch of cinnamon rolls too.

First I taught them about proofing the yeast.

When the dough was made, they wanted to touch it.  Just to see what it was like.

Then I showed them how to roll out the dough.
Next comes the melted butter.
Then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture and the brown sugar.

I then showed them how to roll them up.  I aslo showed them how I like to cut the rolls, with thread.  Wrap the thread around the roll.  Then cross the thread and pull.  It makes a clean cut every time.

The girls each made a pan to take home. 

We had a great time.
Thanks Dee-Dee for asking me and thanks


Madi and Sydney. 
It was a fun afternoon.  Now go make some for yourself!

Cinnamon Rolls
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
1 T. or 1 package yeast
1/4 cup warm water, 105 to 115 degrees
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 to 4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt

melted butter
cinnamon sugar mixture
brown sugar
white frosting

Scald milk, add butter to melt and set aside to cool. Soften yeast in warm water, can add part of the sugar to speed to growth of the yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl or mixer with dough attachment add yeast, milk and butter, egg, remaining sugar, salt and 3 cups of flour. Mix well. Work in more flour as needed. Knead until smooth. Put in greased bowl and cover. Let rise until double in bulk (about 1 hour). Punch down. Put on lightly floured surface. Roll out to rectangle. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture and brown sugar. Starting with long end, roll up. Cut into 1 inch sections and place on greased pan. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until they start to brown. Let cool for 5 minutes and then frost.

White Frosting
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
3-4 T. milk
Mix butter, vanilla, powdered sugar and half of the milk together. Slowly add remaining milk depending on the desired consistency.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Shirley J and a giveaway

I am soo excited about a company that's new to me, ShirleyJ.  I have been experimenting with several of their products.  I will be showing you in posts soon.  But you can check out their website HERE.  Also check it out on Dee-Dee's website.  She is having a giveaway of the Universal Sauce.  It is ShirleyJ's flagship product.  I LOVE it!  Check out the giveaway HERE.

Watch for upcoming recipes and maybe a giveaway or two from me.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Recipe Roundup

I was featured on Dee-Dee's Recipe Roundup with my easy homemade oreo's.  Make some today! 
There have been some other great recipes this week. 
 Click on the image below and check it out.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cream Cheese Frosting

I've previously posted my Homemade Oreo recipe HERE.  I needed some cookies quick for a church event.  So I made some more.  This time they look a little more like oreo's.  The dark cookie and white frosting help with the look.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar
5-6 T. milk

Mix butter, cream cheese, vanilla together until smooth.  Add powdered sugar and half of the milk and mix until smooth.  Slowly add remaining milk until it is the desired consistency.

I also made some chocolate frosting.  They were delicious too!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

This is an old standby cookie recipe.  I've changed and adjusted it over the years.  It makes a ton of cookies.  They get eaten too fast to count but I would guess 8-10 dozen.  It can easily be cut in half.  Add nuts if you like nuts.  Or stick with all chocolate chips.  This just happens to be the way we like them most.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups flour
4 cups quick oats
1 package chocolate chips
1 package peanut butter chips

Cream the sugars with the shortening and butter.  Add eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt.  Mix well.  Stir in oats and flour until incorporated.  Stir in chocolate and peanut butter chips.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet or parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.