Happy Mardi Gras! Start the celebration with these whole wheat cinnamon rolls, cinnamon pecan filling and cream cheese icing. Decorated like a king cake with green, purple, and yellow sprinkles and a hidden plastic baby.
With the coming of yet another snow storm, I figured many of you were in need of a sweet comforting breakfast option today. Even in east TN the temperature dropped 40 degrees in less than 24 hours and there were even snowflake sightings. I think Florida is yet again the only state to be spared the wrath of the polar vortex.
One year ago: Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls
There may be a whole lot of Thanksgiving recipes floating around these days, but it’s still Peanut Butter Lover’s Month and I’m taking a break from the pumpkin to celebrate with peanut butter cinnamon rolls. Taking another spin on mini cinnamon rolls, these have PB Crave’s Razzle Dazzle peanut butter all up in their business making them taste like PB+J rolls. With peanut butter in the dough and peanut butter in the filling, I almost did a peanut butter glaze but decided to bring out the flavor of white chocolate instead (which is also included in this raspberry-peanut butter). These shrunken mini cinnamon rolls would also be a great treat to prep the day before Thanksgiving and bake in the morning for breakfast. You know, in case you need another thing to bake and prepare ;-).
I forgot to mention something very important yesterday – November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month! You all know that I definitely fall into that category so when Alyssa of PB Crave asked if I wanted to try out their flavored peanut butter there wasn’t a moment of hesitation.
PB Crave offers four natural peanut butter blends with new twists using ingredients such as white chocolate, raspberries and wild honey. The fun flavors include Cookie Nookie, Razzle Dazzle, Coco Bananas and Choco Choco. Also there are no hydrogenated oils, no artificial flavors, no syrups, no high-fructose corn syrup, gluten and cholesterol free, UD Kosher certified, no refrigeration required, made in small batches, and use USDA-approved manufacturing. In short their peanut butter is fun, delicious and nutritious.
Another great thing about PB Crave is that they are committed to making a difference in the world by donating 2 percent of the profits of every PB Crave jar to Project Peanut Butter, a non-profit organization that aims to treat 2 million malnourished children by 2015. What an even better way to celebrate a holiday!
Using their four flavors I am going to celebrate this wonderful month by incorporating their peanut butter into my November PB+Choc Saturday recipes. The first jar to be opened was Choco Choco which has wild honey, semisweet and dark chocolate blended in – perfect for PB+Choc Saturday! Since the Ohio State game is at 11am (central) I figured it was a good time to make something breakfasty, and doughnuts came to mind because it had been a long time since the last batch.
I present to you baked choco-peanut butter doughnuts, glazed with more choco-peanut butter and topped with peanuts, sprinkles or whatever else you desire to complement your choco-peanut buttery-ness. I was torn and did half with peanuts half chocolate sprinkles. I nicknamed them Buckeye doughnuts in honor of my beloved football team and a delicious doughnut shop on the border of campus called Buckeye Donuts (who has their own spectacular Buckeye doughnut). Mmmm, doughnuts.
Stay turned for more awesome PB Crave flavors the next three Saturdays this month! What do you think I should make with Cookie Nookie, Razzle Dazzle, and Coco Bananas?
Like many people, I cannot get enough of the pretzel trend. I enjoy many different versions of the soft-baked pretzel, whenever possible. In fact, my meal selection is easily swayed by a pretzel bun. Oh that sandwich comes on a pretzel bun? Sold. But of course, my favorite is making my own pretzel buns at home.
Now Fleischmann’s Yeast is making it even easier to make your own pretzel creations at home. Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Baking Mixes is introducing Pretzel Creations, which makes fresh-baked pretzels in less than an hour. The package contains pretzel mix, yeast, baking soda and pretzel salt – all you need is water and oil.
In a large bowl, I combined the pretzel mix, yeast, water, and oil. According to the directions all that was left was to mix it together and then let it rise, covered, for only 25 minutes! But I decided to knead my dough a little bit to get a smooth dough which I am more accustomed to.
After the dough was done rising, I decided to divide the dough in half and make two different things. With one half I made regular pretzels and they came out perfect. I served them with a bacon cheddar ranch dipping sauce.
With the other half, I decided to stuff the dough with apples tossed in cinnamon-sugar. After boiling, I sprinkled them with more cinnamon-sugar. Don’t they look like little apple pies?
They even tasted like apple pie, but with a pretzel crust. Originally I had contemplated stuffing them with apple pie filling, but worried that would be messy and more difficult to seal. Using fresh apple slices and cinnamon-sugar sounded good enough to me and they turned out to be delicious. Eat alone or serve with a cinnamon-sugar cream cheese dip.
After 6.5 years of grad school, I wrote a 172 page document full of figures and tables, and prepared a 55 slide presentation. It’s now the Friday before I defend my dissertation, which means I will be spending the entire weekend practicing and preparing for this presentation. And probably adding crazy animations and then removing them because they are distracting but gave me something to do other than rehearse. Then baking something to feed my admiring audience/keep them awake with sugar.
Meanwhile, Kayle of The Cooking Actress is here to keep you awake with her own special dose of sugar and spunk. Even though she is not a fan of football season, she and I can definitely agree upon the glory that is peanut butter and chocolate. Especially in edible buckeye form. Besides, with treats like these pretzel chocolate chip peanut butter cookies how could you not love her? Then she took cookie dough truffles to the next level with these salted brown butter chocolate chip cookie dough truffles. She definitely rocks the sweets but don’t miss out on her savory recipes too like her bacon wrapped water chestnuts and roasted garlic, chicken, and herb white pizza.
One year ago: Chicken, Broccoli and White Cheddar Pita Pizzas
Two years ago: Falafel Pizza
Hey there everybody! I’m Kayle, and I have a lil blog called “The Cooking Actress“. Basically I’m an actress…and I cook (and bake). A lot. I had the wonderful joy of being able to meet the lovely Erin a few months ago when we, and some other awesome food bloggers, met up for brunch in NYC (where I’m based and where she was visiting). Obviously, she’s so charming and cool and smart and awesome, right? Plus her blog’s name is the Spiffy Cookie. And um…I’m obsessed with all things cookies. And, thanks to Erin spending some of her life living in Ohio where I am from, she embraces the beauty of all things chocolate and peanut butter (a la’ the Buckeye). So anyway, soulmates. So, when Erin asked if I would guest post for her while she works on being all smart and P.H.D-y and such, I was like “OF COURSE!”
We all remember cinnamon sticks, right? Whether it’s from a pizza place or an actual cinnamon roll chain-they’re fun and friggin’ delicious. Umm…as you can see…my cinnamon breadsticks aren’t exactly winning any beauty pageants. I apologize, my photos are usually better than this but well…I am not the best at making food look pretty sometimes and these guys paid the price. Now, don’t make my mistakes: make sure to not cut the breadsticks too big and um…I don’t really know how to make the cinnamon sugar mixture look pretty…I tried my best, guys!
Anyway, don’t worry about the appearance, worry about how they TASTE. And they taste phenomenal! They’re wonderfully crisp on the outside from the caramelized cinnamon sugar and just perfectly fluffy on the inside. And of course just the comforting, warm flavors of cinnamon and sugar and the glaze are just…mmmmm.
These are perfect if you have a big family or a ton of people over, a total crowd pleaser!
Have too many cookbooks that you never cook from? Time to join Pass the Cook Book Club! Every month a cookbook is chosen and three recipes are picked out for us to choose from to make. This month’s cookbook was the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook! Deb’s blog was one of the first food blogs I started reading, so I was really excited to get into these recipes. I chose the Cheddar Swirl Breakfast Buns because I have made many cinnamon swirl buns, but never a savory breakfast bun!
When I started to make these for breakfast Sunday morning this past weekend, I was a little upset to see rise times of 2 hours, twice. However, it ended up only taking about an hour each time in my warmer than usual apartment. I’m telling you, the only benefit to hot days are shorter rise times with yeast. Evidently I should always make yeast doughs when it’s hot out. But I digress…
Regardless of the rise time, these rolls are worth the wait. I ate them with some fruit since I ended up eating some cereal while I waited, but I think they would be great with eggs and bacon. In fact, I went ahead and made an egg breakfast sandwich with a leftover bun to prove it (shared on Twitter).
When my friend Stephanie asked me to make cinnamon rolls for her Easter brunch on Sunday, it came as no surprise that I wanted to make some sort of crazy flavored cinnamon rolls. Had she asked anyone else she would’ve gotten traditional cinnamon rolls, but it’s me and any excuse to make a fun new recipe is pounced upon!
I first was torn between making raspberry or cake batter rolls, so I tweeted my dilemma only to realize how dumb of a question it was when I immediately got two votes for cake batter. Sure raspberry rolls sound delicious, but who can pass up anything involving cake batter? These cinnamon rolls not only are stuffed with cake batter flavor, but the dry mix is also in the dough itself and in the frosting! It’s cake batter mayhem.
By the way NYC ladies (particularly Tara), does this plate look familiar?
At the gym, I always get momentarily excited when a group fitness instructor will remind us how long it is until spring break. That is until I realize I haven’t had a spring break in 5 years and probably won’t ever again. I think throughout highschool and undergrad they need to prepare you for the fact that you will no longer have those cushy months off every summer, or the weeks off at Christmas and spring time. Oh the days before responsibility.
Enough reminiscing though. It’s time to talk about bananas and how much I love baking with them. Although it’s rare that they survive long enough in my kitchen to turn brown. They are usually consumed well before that can happen, but every now and then I get smart enough to buy larger quantities in order to force the situation in which they need to be baked with. This most recent time, they were so brown that if I had waited another day they might have ended up in the trash. But instead they were transformed into these beautiful cinnamon rolls that taste just like banana bread.
The Meyer lemon craze continues!
After trying out mini rolls while reviewing the Petite Treats cookbook, I fell in love with the concept and decided to make these rolls mini too. They are incredibly adorable but also very easy to lose track of how many you’ve had. I’m pretty sure I ate 5 in one sitting but that’s the equivalent to a little over one big one, right? Work with me here people.
In other news, many of you have today off from work! Even though I technically do too according to the university calendar, there is always work to be done. Especially when I am desperately trying to get all my data finished up for good. A few hours of extra work means a few hours closer to being finished – assuming it works. Oh, research. Someone once told me that if it always worked the first time it would just be called “search”. Nerdage.
Everyone loves shaped pans these days, especially around the holidays. But these pans tend to be used for a single purpose. Therefore I have taken it upon myself to discover new ways to use the various seemingly single-use pans I own. I’ve already used doughnut pans for pancakes, and a muffin top pan for cookies, now it’s time to show you that the Wilton Non-Stick Mini Holiday Cookie Pan can be used to make buttermilk biscuits – gasp!
Although I am sure this pan would’ve made beautiful cookies (or whoopie pies, anyone?), I thought outside the box and decided to make buttermilk biscuits for breakfast. Some of the shapes were more difficult to identify, but most of them came out great! The gingerbread pan, Christmas tree and star were my favorites and are pictured below. Festive treats are not only for dessert now!