Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Garlic Breadsticks

My Friend Wendee shared this recipe with me.  I think they taste like Olive Garden's Breadsticks.  Yummy!

Garlic Breadsticks
Wendee Bacon

1 ½ c. very warm water
1 package active dry yeast (2 ¼ tsp.)
4 ¼ c. all purpose flour
2 TBS unsalted butter, melted
2 TBS sugar
1 TBS salt

Garlic Butter Topping:
½ stick unsalted butter
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp table salt

In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered.  Mixture should be frothy.  In the bowl of your stand mixer or medium sized bowl, combine flour and salt.  Add yeast mixture and melted butter to flour mixture.  Mix with dough hook attachment on stand mixer or stir with a wooden spoon until fully combined.  Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth and elastic.  Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray.  Pull off small pieces of dough and roll out into strips.  Cover and dough with plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick spray (so dough doesn’t stick to it from the inside) or cover with a clean kitchen towel.  Put in a warm place to rise.  Once they have doubled in size, preheat oven up to 400 degrees. 

While they are baking, make butter topping.  Microwave butter until melted and add garlic powder and salt, stir until combined.  After 6 or 7 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture.  Then continue to bake for another 6-7 minutes.  Immediately upon removal from the oven, brush the other half of the butter on the sticks. 

60- Minute Cinnamon Rolls

60- Minute Cinnamon Rolls (Becky Rose) 
Beckie Smith

3 ½- 4½ c. flour
3 TBS sugar
1 tsp salt
3 tsp yeast
1 c. milk
½ c. water
½ stick butter or margarine
1 egg
½ c. softened butter for spreading on dough
Cinnamon and sugar mixture (2 tsp cinnamon, ½ c. sugar)
Glaze – see below
Pre Heat oven to 425 degrees

1.     Mix 1 ½ c. flour, sugar, and yeast in a medium bowl or mixer bowl. 
2.     Heat milk, water and butter until warm.
3.     Add 1 egg and gradually add liquid to dry ingredients while beating with hand mixer (or in mixer) on medium speed for 2 minutes.
4.     Add 1½ c. flour and beat at high speed for 2 minutes. 
5.     Stir in (or add if using stand up mixer) enough flour to make a soft dough.  Dough should be a little tacky to the touch. 
6.     Knead 5 minutes.  (I knead in mixer on medium speed.)
7.     Put in greased bowl and let rise 15 minutes. 
8.     Punch down dough.  Roll out into rectangle.  Spread with soft ¼ c. butter and cinnamon sugar mixture.  Roll up and pinch shut.  Cut into rolls. 
9.     Place in greased cake pans.  (If you wanna go crazy . . .pour some melted butter in each pan and sprinkle with additional cinnamon sugar mixture before adding rolls.)  Cover and let rise 15 minutes. 
1.     Bake at 425 degrees until browned and center of rolls are firm to the touch.  In my oven that is around 15-20 min.  Cool slightly before glazing. 

Doubled makes 4 - 9 x 13 pans.

Creamy Glaze Recipe: (Don’t double – already a lot)

2/3 c. melted butter (1 stick plus 2 TBS)
4 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4-8 TBS hot water (one at a time)

In medium bowl, mix melted butter, powdered sugar and vanilla; add hot water 1 TBS at a time until glaze reaches desired consistency.  Spread over slightly cooled rolls.  ENJOY!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mini Ham and Cheese Frittatas

I found this recipe in a Taste of Home cookbook.  It is very simple and would be great for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.  

            1/4 pound cubed fully cooked ham
            1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
            6 eggs
            4 egg whites
            3 tablespoons minced chives
            2 tablespoons fat-free milk
            1/4 teaspoon salt
            1/4 teaspoon pepper
            Divide ham among eight muffin cups coated with cooking spray; top with cheese. In a large bowl, beat eggs and whites. Beat in the chives, milk, salt and pepper. Pour over cheese, filling each muffin cup three-fourths full.
            Bake at 375° for 22-25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Carefully run a knife around edges to loosen; remove from pan. Serve warm. Yield: 8 frittatas.
Nutritional Facts
1 frittata equals 106 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 167 mg cholesterol, 428 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 medium-fat meat.

Simple Dessert

You don't have to spend a lot of time baking for a dessert to be yummy.  This week we had a simple dessert that was loved by all.  

Strawberry cheesecake ice cream served with graham crackers, fresh sliced strawberries, and strawberry syrup on top.  

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