Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

from Pioneer Woman
I love cinnamon rolls! My favorite was from Great Harvest, until they started skimping on the cream cheese frosting. I never make them since most of the recipes call for either milk and butter in the dough, so only half the family can eat them. The other day, after adding too much oil to my bread dough, I realized I had the solution. The extra oil made the bread too soft and fluffy for sandwiches, but was perfect for dinner rolls or even. . .  cinnamon rolls.

"Dinner Roll" Dough (Bread Machine)
3/4 c. warm water (100-110 degrees)
2 tsp. white sugar
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
1/2 c. oil
2 medium eggs, beaten
1 tsp. salt
1 pound  flour (I use a scale, I think it's about 3 cups)

Add ingredients into bread pan in order listed above. Set machine to dough cycle.

Cinnamon Rolls
1 batch of "dinner roll" dough or your preferred dinner roll dough
1 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbs. Cinnamon
3 Tbs. oil

Grease a cake pan or two pie pans OR line the bottom with parchment paper.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a large rectangle, then brush with oil.

  • for medium size rolls roll out to about 20" x 10", less than 1/2" thick - 12 rolls, 6 per pan
  • for small rolls roll out to 1/4" thick - 16 rolls, 8 per pan

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over the dough to the edges.

Roll the dough from the long end. Slice into 1 1/2 to 2 inch rolls and arrange in cake or pie pans.

Cover with plastic wrap and store over night in the fridge.
  • This gives the rolls an opportunity to bench proof or rise before baking
  • Freeze the second pie pan for breakfast another day. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for 25-35 minutes.

I took a roll out for each of the Allergics, then proceeded to the next step.

Cream Cheese Topping
4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
2-3 c. powdered sugar

Cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Add sugar slowly, mix until smooth. Top cinnamon rolls.
  • This is enough topping for both pie pans of rolls. 
  • Fill sandwich bag with remaining topping. Flatten, place in quart bag then freeze. 
Next time, I will not use light cream cheese. (It's what we had in the fridge) The topping was sugary, covering the great tang of cream cheese. Even without the topping, the 3 Allergics loved the rolls.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cauliflower & Butternut Squash Soup

In my mind, the Fall is soup time! When I lived in Europe, I found they enjoyed soups made from pureed vegetables far more than we do here, and that is a shame. When you blend a soup, it gets a thick and creamy texture that is very comforting on a rainy autumn day. Since squash is in season, you should take advantage of the awesome flavor profile that comes from adding it to a warm bowl of comfort food. -Jake

  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 2 packages mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. curry powder (I like McCormick brand)
  • 1 tsp. paprika (hot or sweet)
  • 1/2 tsp. turmuric
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy stew pot or dutch oven over medium low heat. Sweat the cauliflower, onion, and butternut squash with the pepper, curry powder, paprika, and turmeric for 5-8 minutes or until everything is slightly softened. Add salt, red pepper, and enough water to cover - around 4 cups (which will vary based on the size of your vegetables & your vessel). Bits of the veggies may stick up out of the water (it's better to have too little water than too much, because you can always thin it out later if you want). Bring to a boil and simmer until everything is cooked, about 10 minutes more.
Meanwhile (while sweating and boiling the veggies), in a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon then saute the mushrooms in the bacon fat over medium high heat until dark brown in color.
Take the veggies off the heat. Use a stick blender to puree the soup until smooth. Chop bacon into bits and add with mushrooms. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Stuffed Winter Squash

I love squash! It's cheap, easy to grow, easy to cook, and very tasty. The challenge is to figure out ways to prepare it creatively - you don't want to just eat it as a mashed potato substitute. I love to stuff vegetables, and squash is practically asking to be stuffed (it's hollow when you take out the seeds), so this recipe seems like a natural way to innovate.

  • 3 delicata squash, scrubbed clean and split lengthwise with the seed cavity scraped out.
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into thin pats
  • 3/4 pound (12 ounces) pork sausage (traditional sausage, not italian or hot), or plain ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 6 cups kale (one bunch), washed, stemmed and chopped (do not dry off)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place squash on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the insides of the squash with salt and place 1 tablespoon of butter in each, distributing the pats along the bottom.
Cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer brown. Remove the sausage from the pan and heat the oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onion, celery, and carrot until crisp-tender. Add the kale, lemon juice, and vinegar and saute until the kale is tender. Add the cooked sausage, rice, oregano, and salt/pepper to taste. Loosely spoon the filling into each squash half (do not pack it in). Bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes, or until the squash flesh is tender.
Remove the squash from the oven. Top each squash with a layer of pine nuts and return to the oven for 5 minutes more. Let cool slightly (3-5 minutes) and serve with a tossed salad.