20 January 2012

Cinnamon Roll Cake

From: http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/01/cinnamon-roll-cake.html

Cinnamon roll cake, you say? Don't cinnamon rolls usually take yeast? Usually, but this doesn't.

This was a hit at work. Everyone who had some had a comment.
"I didn't get enough sampling the first time."
"We should just give Jennifer a baking budget."
Also got an email "Must. Have. Recipe."

I recommend turning on the oven to preheat after you've got the cake mixture done. It will take a few minutes to get the butter softened and mixed. The topping is not a crumbly topping, more of a thick mixture...quite different from what you think a cinnamon roll topping/filling might be. Don't let that scare you off, once baked, it becomes more filling-like.

I used a wee bit more cinnamon than it calls for too, maybe about another half teaspoon.

Again, mine came out loftier than the recipe picture.



See the dark stuff? That's the topping mixture, a lot darker than how it went into the oven. And the glaze sort of oozes down into it and makes gooey striations.

 

In fact, the topping could be mixed up and used on it's own for waffles, pancakes, French toast, or to help turn normal toast into cinnamon toast. Just keep it refrigerated, obviously. I'm thinking of doing a half-mixture to have on hand for Sunday morning breakfasts.

It tastes great warm or room temperature.

17 January 2012

Mucha's "The Evening Star"

Freebie version from artofstitching.com.

Current status: WIP
Fabric: 22ct hardanger



I've done about 2/3 of what is completed in the last month....hooray for time off! I even got a wee bit done this morning because I was awake an hour-plus before my alarm went off.

Nutella, yes; no-bake, better

Nutella No Bake Cookies

Recipe: http://www.shugarysweets.com/2011/08/nutella-no-bake-cookies.html

I love Nutella. No bake is even better, even if you have to wait longer. But I didn't have to use the oven and the fridge is already running.

So, I present the cookies chillin' in the fridge:



They taste so yummy! I'm tempted to try it with a little more Nutella than the recipe calls for or just double the Nutella in place of the peanut butter. More likely the former because I'm not sure how the Nutella will hold up/bind during refrigerating.

My only snafu was I misread and used a whole cup of milk, so they didn't set up firmly:

When did I realize the goof? About 4 hours later.

I will definitely give these another go. =)

13 January 2012

Mud Hen Bars

I don't know how this cookie bar got named after a wetlands bird, but doesn't matter since they sounded om nom. I use the term "cookie" loosely, it's not cookie consistency, but it's not cake either. Hard to describe, other than sugary goodness.

Mud Hen Bars
Found: http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/2012/01/mud-hen-bars.html

Dough and goodies layers:


The dough is thinner than cookie dough, but thicker than cake batter. It turns out to be a sweet-dough type, kind of like the non-pastry coffee cakes. In fact, you could probably use this dough base and do a streusel topping to do just that! I may give that a try in the future.

The brown sugar meringue:


All baked! Yes, there's a hole in the meringue, I forgot to take a picture before I sampled:


Once baked, mine turned out sort of like those meringue cookies only softer. The marshmallows and meringue sort of melt and merge and get all nice and gooey:
   

First off, you'll notice mine don't look like the above blog's pictures. I think I know why. Duh. *headsmack* Instead of folding the brown sugar into the meringue, I used the beaters, so I guess it fluffed them up a bit. My bottom "crust" seems to be thicker as well, not sure why, maybe weather conditions. *shrug*

Surprisingly, they are not that heavy and are deceitful in their sugary lightness. It would be very easy to sit with a large glass of milk and eat half the pan. LOL

I brought in some to work and so far only Crystal has tried one (it's Friday, not everyone is in) and she liked it.

Next up, I think I'm giving the Cinnamon Roll Cake a try.

11 January 2012

I miss vacation

A perk of working for a Lutheran-affiliated university is that we get about 2 weeks at Christmas/New Years for vacation. Paid and it's not part of our usual vacation hours accrual/allotment. It also gives me a LOT of time to do some stitching. I worked exclusively on the former-freebie version of Mucha's "The Evening Star" (now found here: http://www.artofstitching.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=44&products_id=459 top right image). I have all four and have already completed "The Moon".

Three weeks ago I had about 1/4 done from the top left. Now, I'm probably closer to 50% done. YAY!

I have barely touched her since last Tuesday. =( We returned to work the 4th, and in my job, it's been non-stop catching up and processing end of year donations. I just finished today and took a Saturday of working to get me to this point.

I miss stitching on her. I started in January 2010, my goal is to finish her this year. Crossing my fingers!