Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread

The whole idea of "making" bread seems rather tedious. And time consuming with all the "waiting for dough to rise." However I tried this over Thanksgiving and it wasn't as much of a pain as I had expected. Plus it was super delicious to eat. (I was mostly responsible for finishing off a whole pan) Since the kids are at home sick today, and I will be forced to spend the entire day inside my house, I am making up a batch right now.

     2 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
     1/4 cup sugar
     2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast (1 packet)
     1/2 tsp. salt
     4 Tbsp. butter
     1/3 cup whole milk
     1/4 cup water
     2 eggs (at room temperature)
     1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

     1 cup sugar
     2 tsp. cinnamon
     1/4 tsp. nutmeg
     4 Tbsp. butter, melted

In a large mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Set aside.

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and milk. Once the butter is completely melted take off the burner and add the water and vanilla. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.

Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Whisk together the eggs and add to the batter. Keep mixing. Add 3/4 cup of flour and mix well. The mixture will be very sticky which means it's perfect. Place the dough in a medium greased bowl. Cover with wrap and let it sit in a warm place to rise for about 30-45 minutes. Once the dough has doubled its size, knead in 2 tablespoons of flour. Cover the dough again for 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, start on the filling. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Set aside.

Once the dough is ready, roll it out on a floured surface. Brush the melted butter on the dough and add the sugar mixture. Make sure everything is covered. Using a shape knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into equal sized strips (about 2 to 2 1/2 inches wide). Then cut the strips into equal sized squares. Stack the squares on top of each other and place them in a bread pan. Cover the dough for another 10-15 minutes to rise.

While dough is rising, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place a cookie sheet under bread pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until outside of bread is golden brown.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

A while ago, when I was going through a particularly rough time, a good friend brought over these amazing muffins. They were so good that I haven't posted the recipe because I've been waiting to put an equally amazing picture to accompany it. Things have been too busy to take such a picture, but that doesn't mean I should continue to keep all this goodness to myself. Enjoy!

1 (15 oz) can Pumpkin (or about 2 cups)
1 box spice cake mix
1-2 c. chocolate chips

Mix those three ingredients together, pour into cupcake tins, and bake at 350 for 20-25 mins.