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In & Out of Studio 3D
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Monster Mash
Topic: In The Kitchen

Today was the day to harvest the butternut squash from the garden. There were 10 of them!

I wanted to have them already cooked when going into the freezer so I decided to go with a whole roast, scoop and mash.

This is one tray out of the three total. The squash were cut top-to-bottom and the seeds scooped out. I brushed olive oil on the cut side and then placed them cut side down on a baking pan. After adding a cup of water to the pan I baked them for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.


After baking, I used a spatula to lift them out and place them cut side up on a board to cool.


When cooled, I scooped the flesh into a big bowl and used a potato masher on it. Since it will be used in a variety of recipes, I did not add anything to the mash.


I measured out one cup portions into sandwich bags and squeezed out all the air. These were then stacked into gallon freezer ziplock bags and marked with date and contents before going off to the freezer.


The final count was 19 cups of butternut squash. Yummy!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:24 PM PDT
Friday, 9 September 2016
Doing Dinner
Topic: In The Kitchen

What a big day!

I gleaned a bunch of recipes via Pinterest for what many are calling 'dump dinners'. They are assembled into gallon ziplock (I used vacuum seal) bags and kept in the freezer. On the night before serving they are thawed in the fridge and then in the morning they are dumped into a crockpot to cook on low heat.

Out of all the recipes I had printed I selected 25 to make and did a comprehensive shopping list (marking off the supplies I had on hand). 

Yay! It was 'geezer day' at the supermarket where there is a discount on store brand products for over 55 shoppers. I also had a fist full of coupons so it was the perfect day to shop.

Back at home I sorted the supplies by type. I had an area for all the produce:


One area for meats:


and an area for all the add-ins:


This essentially took all of my counter space so I had to do all the prep work on the surface of the range!


I chopped, stirred, measured, poured, combined, sealed, and labeled.

Hubby cleaned up after me and transported everything to the freezers until I was finally done - 7 hours later.

Only one recipe was duplicated and I ended up with 26 dinners. 


All of these meals will produce left-overs so I suppose we really have 52 meals.

Next time I will limit myself to 10 recipes for a shorter day.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 7 November 2015
Tow-may-tow / Tow-mah-tow
Topic: In The Kitchen

Mid-October the tomatoes started falling off the vines whether they were ripe or totally green. I picked (and picked up) all of them, washed and sorted them and this is what I ended up with.

First, all the ripe ones:


Then, the ones that were starting to turn. These will ripen in the kitchen window:


Followed by the totally green ones that were larger which I sliced to bread and freeze to make fried green tomatoes. These made three layers on a cookie sheet in the freezer:


Finally, the ends and sides of the sliced ones and chunks of totally green ones that were not large enough to slice. These went through the food processor and got bagged for the freezer to make green tomato bread later:


I ended up with enough chopped tomato to make 20 loaves.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Sunday, 27 September 2015
When All Is Said and Done
Topic: In The Kitchen

Actually, not DONE because even with these 28 loaves of fine zucchini bread baked, cooled and wrapped there are three larger ones in the oven and SIX more waiting for their turn to bake!


The really sad thing is that after the crisps shown yesterday, the loaves shown today AND one ridiculously large squash that was cut up and fed to the cows down the road, there is THIS:


And who knows what has been going on under those big leaves in the garden when I was baking instead of picking.

Aaaaarrrrh!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 26 September 2015
Crispy, Crunch and Oh So Yummy
Topic: In The Kitchen

When I got tired or making mock apple pies from the zucchini I decided to make a couple of pans of mock apple crisp. I modified two recipes - one for mock apple crisp and one for apple crisp, combined the two and then added a few other refinements.

I placed the crumb topping in a vacuum seal bag, covered the crisp with foil, wrote instructions on the foil, taped the crisp to the outside and put them in the freezer.

When we were having a LOT of people over for a BBQ I only had to take them from the freezer, pour 1/3 c apple juice over the top, cruble the topping and spread it and they were ready to bake (uncovered).

Look how nice the 9 x 13 desserts look!

They were served with vanilla ice cream and, trust me, you can truly not tell they are zucchini instead of apple.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 26 December 2014
Pamtry Pack
Topic: In The Kitchen

For two people on my Christmas list I wanted to do some 'Gifts in a Jar' and set my goal at making a dozen for each of them. I sent not only the jars but the canned goods that they would need to make the recipes. The only things not included are fresh items (eggs, butter, milk, meat) and liquid ingredients (vanilla, oil).

I made half of them quart jars and half of them pint jars, depending on the recipe. I used a round of fabric over the cap before screwing on the jar ring. A fold-over tag, tied with baker's twine, identifies the dish on the outside and, on the inside lists the contents, what will need to be added, and the preparation instructions.


I added a couple of packets of home-made dip mix from the farmer's market. I also printed out a 'menu' of dishes that can be used as an inventory of what is available.

GIFTS IN A JAR PANTRY PACK

APPETIZERS

Heavenly Herb & Vegetable Dip

Southern Country Fair Dip

SOUPS

Beefy Chili Soup

Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup

Multi-Bean Soup

Potato Soup

Barley Rice Stew

BREADS

Ginger Spice Muffins

Dried Cranberry Muffins

Golden Cornbread

DESSERTS

Scottish Shortbread

Carrot Cake

Chocolate Chip Bars

Double Fudge Brownies

 

Yummo! Can I come for dinner?

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Saturday, 13 December 2014
Oven Roasted Salsa
Topic: In The Kitchen

This year I was given three tomato plants and three pepper plants by a neighbor. It was a guessing game to see what varieties they were!

When it all shook out I had regular, heirloom and roma tomatoes as well as two bell and one hot pepper. I have no idea still what variety the peppers were but they got a nice bright red color to them.

When I had collected enough ripe fruits from each of the roma and hot pepper plants I added a couple of green peppers from the same plant. To this I added the remains of the white onions from the garden and made some oven roasted salsa.

I cut the tomatoes and the peppers in half lengthwise and placed cut side down on a baking sheet:

 

On top of these I spread out the sliced onions:

 


 

These were placed in a 450 degree oven for 20 minutes.

While this was roasting I added to the bowl of the food processor some Mexican oregano (1 tsp), cumin (1 1/2 tsp), plus salt and pepper (2 tsp each).


I measured out 1/4 cup each of lime juice and apple cider vinegar:

After 20 minutes of roasting I sprinkled on chopped garlic and cooked another 5 minutes. This was followed by covering the pan with foil to sweat the skins off.

When pulled from the oven after a total of 30 minutes I had this:


 

I used a couple of forks to remove the seeds from the peppers and the skins from everything. Then all the 'good stuff' was placed in the food processor:

This was pulsed and the liquids added before more chopping. Oh My!


The recipe said it will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks and it can be frozen. So I measured out little containers of 1/4 cup for the freezer and a little more to put in the fridge for immediate use.


This may be the most ambitious I've gotten with my own garden produce. However, I am planning on trying some quickbread that uses acorn squash.

Ddd

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Friday, 24 October 2014 10:24 PM PDT
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Itty Bitty Loaves
Topic: In The Kitchen

This year my garden yielded a HUGE crop of squash. The crooknecks were shared but they still produced a bumper crop that had me roasting it in chunks for freezer storage. I also got an incredible yield from delicata squash and we're still enjoying that. The third squash was yellow acorn which I've been investigating new ways to use.

I found a reciebe for Acorn Squash Bread and had to give that a try! I adjusted the recipe in some ways so here is my version:

Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds and stringy bits. Place both pieces, cut side down, in a microwave dish. Add 1/2 inch of water and nuke for 15 minutes.

Turn cut side up and allow to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

Scoop the soft squash into a blender and puree.

Measure out 1 cup of the squash puree, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of applesauce, and 1/2 cup of egg substitute (Egg Beaters, for instance). Can use 2 eggs instead, if you wish.

Combine these ingredients in a bowl.

Measure out 1 1/2 cups white flour, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder. You may elect to add 1/4 tsp salt but I leave it out.

Add these dry ingredients to the wet slowly while stirring.

Stir until no lumps remain.

Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts and fold into batter. I used walnuts but it would be good with pecans as well.

Use baking spray to prepare mini-loaf pans.

Divide batter between four pans and bake for 45-50 minutes.


Turn out loaves onto a wire rack to cool.

Success!

The first time I made this recipe I used a single full-size loaf pan and baked it for 60 minutes.

Many more squash left - will be making more of this bread.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Feeling a Little Saucy
Topic: In The Kitchen

An over-abundance of tomatoes in the garden, all ripening at once, led me to the decision to try making some pasta sauce of them.

The tomatoes I had to work with were heirlooms with an orangy coloring so the sauce is not a dark red as expected. I cruised the web to read up on the process and recommended ingredients. Then I just went off on my own and made it up as I went along.

I started by cutting the tomatoes into chunks - these were HUGE fruits, up to 6 inches across! The chunks were placed in a big stockpot and some white wine added. I also added oregano and thyme, some salt and pepper.

While this cooked down on low heat I put two cut onions and some garlic into the oven wrapped in foil. I roasted these until they were tender and then tossed them in the pot with the tomatoes.

I used a potato masher to break up the tomatoes and continued cooking. When everything was pretty 'loose' I scooped some into a collander and pressed the pulp through. This left behind the tomato skins which were then discarded. All the juice and pulp was run through the food processor to puree it and then returned to the stock pot.


At this point I added more spices, some garlic powder and some chicken boullion powder. A little paprika helped add red color to the sauce.

This was then allowed to simmer for a couple of hours until reduced to about 1/3 of the original volume.

The result was 5 pints of pasta sauce which I packaged for the freezer.

This will make a tasty winter treat over spaghetti - perhaps with a little ground beef added in.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Monday, 1 July 2013
Whiz-Bang
Topic: In The Kitchen

I really love the dehydrated apples slices I've been making but often delayed making them because I dreaded all the peeling, coring and slicing it takes. To the rescue, a chance encounter with an awesome kitchen gadget. At slightly less than $20 I was enthralled.

Simply push the base of the apple onto the 4 prongs:

Start cranking the handle and your apple is peeled, cored and spiral sliced all in one step. One apple takes about 15 seconds.

The entire apple can be slid off the core in one stack:

I then quarter the stack:

And drop the pieces into cool water with a little lemon juice in it:

My dehydrator holds two apples per tray:

The most time consuming part of the process is now laying out the slices on the trays. Tomorrow I will have a brand new batch of dehydrated apples to munch.

I used it to peel potatoes for a salad the other day, also. It will peel only, peel and slice and core, core and slice. No peel and slice without coring as the corer and slicer are one unit.

This tool was definitly worth the price!

Ddd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 21 April 2013
It's A Dry Heat
Topic: In The Kitchen

I enjoyed (past tense) so much the banana chips and dried apples that I made so decided to make more. I also wondered how it would be to have some dried mushrooms on hand so I first made a batch of those

The second day I dried banana chips:

The third and fourth days I dried batches of apples. Here is the last batch in the racks ready for the dehydrator:

What delicious, healthy snacks!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Friday, 12 October 2012
No More Loafing Around
Topic: In The Kitchen

Green tomatoes yielded 24 loaves of delicious bread. Yes I CAN count - we already ate one warm from the oven!


My delicious recipe uses green tomatoes and tart apples (I used Granny Smith). I used the same marathon baking method as for my zucchini bread (double batches with dry ingredients in one gallon ziplock and wet ingredients in another - combine in the mixer).

I also added two mock apple (zucchini) pies to the freezer along with these loaves of bread.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 9 September 2012
First an Artist, Now an Artisan
Topic: In The Kitchen

Every time I visit at my son's house I come back inspired (challenged) by my multi-talented daughter-in-law. This time I was inspired to try making no-knead artisan bread. Awesome stuff to eat - easy to make.

I followed the master recipe in the book Artisan bread in five minutes a day : the discovery that revolutionizes home baking by Jeff Hertzberg

It is a wet dough that keeps in the fridge for up to a week while you take off portions to bake up fresh. I baked two loaves right away and kept two in the fridge to bake in the next few days. I will defininately be making more of this!

Here are my first two BEAUTIFUL loaves:

 

 

YUMMO!

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 2 September 2012
Zucchini Marathon
Topic: In The Kitchen

Sometimes the neighbors are overly generous with their zucchini (OK, they ALWAYS are). This year I was given some real whoppers so I had a marathon baking session. I would like to share some of my favorite recipes and methods here.

First up is a new-to-me recipe for a pie - yep, a zucchini pie! It is mock-apple and it truly delicious. There is NO telling this is zucchini, either.

MOCK APPLE PIE WITH ZUCHINI

6 cups zucchini

1 ¼ cups sugar

1 ½ Tbsp flour

1 ½ tsp cream of tartar

1 ½ tsp cinnamon

dash of salt

dash of nutmeg

pastry for double crust 9 inch pan

Peel very large zucchini, slice lengthwise, remove and discard seeds. Slice like apple. Add to ¼ cup lemon juice and ¼ cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer 10 minutes until just tender. Drain and cool. Add remaining ingredients and place in unbaked pie crust in a 9-inch pan. Cover with second crust and flute and seal the edges. Cut slits for steam. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes until top is browned.

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Then I made up 22 full-size and 8 mini loaves of zucchini bread. I have three recipes that I use so that we have some variety and I always double the recipes.  For a marathon session I get out some gallon ziplock bags. For each recipe I place all the wet ingredients, including the sugar and zucchini in one big bag. I measure out all of the bags at once (for this session I ended up with 6 bags of double recipes. The number of bags I have is entirely dependent on how much zucchini there is. I measure that into each bag FIRST and build the rest of the recipe around it. I label the bags with a marker as to which recipe they are.


Then I take another set of bags and measure out all the dry ingredients, including the nuts. These also get marked with the recipe name.

Now I just match up bags of wet and dry by recipe and set them aside.


Now I'm ready to mix up some zucchini bread. I massage a bag of wet ingredients to get them unstuck from the sides of the bag.


Pour that into the mixer bowl and start it up on low speed. Then I massage and roll around a bag of dry (in place of sifting).


With the mixer running I feed the dry ingredients into the bowl gradually.


I leave the mixer running while I spray the pans with non-stick spray. I read a great idea on another blog the other day and tried it out... place the pans on the door of your dishwasher. All the overspray goes on the door and is cleaned up when the dishwasher is run.


While the loaves are in the oven I wash the mixer bowl, paddle and spatula. That way I'm ready for the next batch to be mixed up. When the loaves come out of the oven I turn them out to cool on a wire rack. They stay here until the next batch comes out of the oven.


When the loaves are cooled to this point I slip them into vacuum seal bags but leave the ends open. I use a marker to write the product name on the bag. When they are completely cooled I will seal them with the vacuum sealer. Here is the layout partway through the marathon. At this point there are 4 more loaves in the oven and 4 still to mix up.


Here are the recipes I used today:

ZUCCHINI APPLESAUCE LOAF

2 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup applesauce

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup chopped nuts (walnut or pecan)

Beat eggs, oil, and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in zucchini, pineapple, and vanilla.

In another bowl, measure and combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and nuts. Pour all at once into batter. Stir to moisten. Pour into greased loaf pans.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour until bread tests done. Cool for 10 minutes before turning loaf out to cool on rack.

 

ZUCCHINI PINEAPPLE LOAF

2 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups white sugar

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup crushed pineapple with juice

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup chopped nuts (walnut, pecan, unsalted       

               cashew, or macadamia)

Beat eggs, oil, and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in zucchini, pineapple, and vanilla.

In another bowl, measure and combine flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and nuts. Pour all at once into batter. Stir to moisten. Pour into greased loaf pans.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour until bread tests done. Cool for 10 minutes before turning loaf out to cool on rack.

 

ZUCCHINI BREAD    our old standby

Mix together:

3 eggs

1 c. oil

2 c. sugar

2 c. grated zucchini

3 t. vanilla

Sift together and stir in:

3 c. flour

1 t. salt

¼ t. baking powder

1 t. soda

¾ t. nutmeg

3 T cinnamon

Add 1 c. chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

Bake at 325o for 1 hour in 2 greased and floured loaf pans (makes 4 mini-loaves)

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I freeze up my loaves and we eat on them all year as well as passing them on to friends, taking them to dinners, and using them as thank-you gifts. I will do some Green Tomato bread to add to this stock when I get some off my vines. Here is that recipe:

GREEN TOMATO BREAD

1 ½ cups ground green tomatoes

½ cup grated tart apple

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

3 beaten eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg

¾ cup chopped nuts

½ cup raisins (optional)

            In a large bowl, combine green tomatoes, apple, sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Into separate bowl, sift dry ingredients. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

            Add nuts and raisins (if using) and stir to combine. Divide mixture between two greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out dry.

            NOTE: The green tomatoes can be ground and measured out for freezer storage until you are ready to make bread, if you wish.

 

Hope you enjoy this!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Cake of Cakes
Topic: In The Kitchen

For a ladies' event at church I offered to make a cake for dessert. The theme is Where the Heart Is so a heart cake was in order. In order to make it easier to serve it is actually 48 cupcakes (red velvet), arranged and frosted as one unit.

The extra off to the side is because the heart really only takes 47  cupcakes! The fact that the cupcakes dictate the design also accounts for the 'wonky' outline of the heart.

The colors and design were matched to a piece of fabric that was selected for the table centerpieces.

Ddd


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Slice of Life
Topic: In The Kitchen

Three pies, hot from the oven, ready for a trip to a pie auction. Together, they sold for $100!

Just in case YOU want a pie worth $30-$35 I'll give you the recipies for them. They are CRANBERRY (upper left), COCONUT MACAROON (upper right), and PINEAPPLE-MACADAMIA (lower).

OIL PASTRY - (thanks, Mom!) makes one crust - do not double

In bowl combine 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Stir with a fork until blended and crumbly. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons chilled water. Sitr until it comes together and forms a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 10 minutes. When chilled roll out between two pieces of plastic wrap.

 

CRANBERRY PIE

  • 3 cups fresh cranberries, washed and sorted
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespons flour
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange peel

Combine in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium low and boil, stirring often, for 10-15 minutes, till thickened. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Pour into a 9" unbaked pie shell and dot top with 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine. Add a lattice top as this pie needs lots of venting.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Then turn oven down to 350 degrees and continue baking for another 35 minutes.

 

COCONUT MACAROON PIE

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soft margarine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut

Mix all ingredients. Pour into a 9" unbaked pie shell. Bake at 325 degrees about 1 hour, till golden brown.

 

PINEAPPLE-MACADAMIA NUT PIE

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 8-oz can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped finely

Cram together the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and continue beating. Add corn syrup, flour, extract, pineapple and nuts. Pour into 9" unbaked pie shell.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes, until firm.

 

Enjoy!

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Updated: Wednesday, 11 November 2009 5:05 PM PST
Monday, 24 August 2009
Fruit of My Labors
Topic: In The Kitchen

I didn't know whether to code the topic of this 'in the kitchen' or 'in the garden'! This plate was part of our dinner the other night and the surrounding items were sent to the refrigerator for later consumption. All of these were picked from the garden barrels within an hour of this photo! 

So, the garden was a success! Here we have (clockwise on the plate and then surrounding it) radishes, green onions, carrots, cucumber, green beans, tomatoes, and beets. The tomatoes are from those cheater plants. On the left edge of the plate you can see just one pea that DH did not snack away while I was preparing the shot.

Other garden successes not on tonight's menu - spinach, lettuce, cherry tomatoes (yet to ripen), white onions.

Ddd

 


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Monday, 13 April 2009
Lip Smackin' Good!
Topic: In The Kitchen

11 for dinner… this was Easter at our house. We were fortunate to have a house full of family and here’s what we served:

 

Peanut-Apple Salad with dressing of balsamic vinaigrette and honey served on a bed of lettuce leaves with a sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese.

Potato Salad

Deviled Eggs

Veggie Tray of grape tomatoes, cucumber slices, baby carrots, and radish flowers.

Rolls

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Stuffed Mushroom Caps with minced ham and cheddar cheese, baked

Rolls

Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Breakfast for 4 of us was Ham and Cheese Omelets and Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls.

 

Everything was very tasty and I thought I’d share the recipe for the Cinnamon Rolls and the Apple Crisp that I developed by combining and making changes to some others that weren’t quite what I wanted.

 

CARAMEL PECAN CINNAMON ROLLS

 

In bread maker pan add the following ingredients in the order listed – ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons of lukewarm water, 2 tablespoons softened margarine, 2 ½ cups bread machine flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon bread machine yeast.

            Set bread maker to make dough only. While it is being processed by the bread maker stir together 6 tablespoons softened margarine, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ cup brown sugar. Spread evenly in the bottom of a buttered 9 x 9 inch square pan. Arrange 36 pecan halves in the pan. Set aside.

            When the dough is ready, turn out onto floured surface and use floured rolling pin to roll into a rectangle 13 x 17 inches. Mix together ¼ cup softened margarine, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg. Blend well and spread evenly on the rolled out dough. Sprinkle with ½ cup chopped pecans.

            Roll from the narrow end up the length. Dip serrated knife in flour and cut dough into 9 even sections. Place into the 9 x 9 inch pan on top of the pecan halves. Set pan in warm place until doubled in size – roughly 1 hour.

            Bake 35 to 45 minutes in oven preheated to 350 degrees. Immediately invert pan so rolls will release and the caramel drips over them.

 

APPLE CRISP

 

            Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In small bowl combine 1 cup regular rolled oats, 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine, 3 tablespoons apple juice. Mix well and set aside.

            Into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, slice 8-10 cups of peeled apples - I use a mix of Honeycrisp, Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, or Granny Smith.

            Make a mixture of 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and a dash of salt. Sprinkle this over the apples. Pour 1/3 cup apple juice over both. Then sprinkle the whole with the oatmeal mixture and bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.

           


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT

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