Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

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 I have to first say that this is not my idea, I saw it ages ago on a blog.  And of coarse that was pre pintrest so I have no idea where I saw it.  I had also forgotten about it, until Tip Garden reminded me by making these awesome waffles.  What I loved is that they are just made from the tube rolls you get in the dairy section.  How can you go wrong?
This is all you need!

  So I bough the grand size rolls because I have a large circle waffle maker instead of a square one.  I also made sure to get the Cinnabon brand, that has cream cheese icing.  That way I was sure to not have to share with hubby.

  So this is going to be like the easiest thing ever.  Are you ready?

  To start get your waffle iron heating.  Then get your cinnamon rolls out and your are all set.

I got five, I thought it would be plenty, but now I want more.

 Once your iron is hot, spray it well with cooking spray and place one cinnamon roll in the waffle iron and close it. I had to hold mine closed because the bun sort of puffed up.

You can see the cinnamon swirl, yummy.
  I let them cook for 3 minutes and then transferred them to a plate.  I then put on a scoop of the frosting so it could melt.
So pretty!

And then it started to melt!
  I then made the rest and ate one.  I had planned to wrap them up and freeze them so I could eat them over the next few days.  But that didn't happen, I think I ate them all in 3 days, or less.  I can't really recall how long it took me.  Or I just don't want to admit it.  Either way, they were good.
Oh baby!

So for a fast fancy breakfast, this is perfect, I love things like this.


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Scones

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Yum on a plate!
  Have you ever heard that you should not always believe what you read on the Internet?  Well you shouldn't.  Unless it has to do with food, and how good something is.  Like when I read about Panera on a blog.  The blogger said it was amazing and that everyone should try it.  Well at the time we did not have that place here in Canada.  Then one day we did.  So I remembered and tried it.

  I have to tell you right now, the Internet was right, this place is awesome!!!  I tried a few things, and since I cannot eat bread, I got a scone.  A cinnamon scone.  It was love at first bite.  And I may have cried a little inside when I realized I had only bought one.  
See how modern I am?  I use the "Internet" I know, I'm also a dork.
  Then I saw a recipe on Pioneer woman.  It was fate I tell you!  She had a recipe for cinnamon scones, and I was sold.  And it only took me like a year to finally try them out.  I am so sorry I waited so long, my pants aren't, but I am.

  So I made them thinking I would take them to work and share.  Then I ate one, and promptly hoarded them and decided to tell people at work I had not baked at all.  They are none the wiser I think.  Unless they took note of the tight pants I am wearing now.  

  So this was really easy, a little scary since I have not made scones before, but you know, it all worked out.

I used cold butter, the recipe did not specify, and I know you use cold butter for pie crust.  It seemed to work.

I got this pastry thingy, a pastry cutter I think, in college.  Because when you are in culinary school you have every excuse to buy whatever kitchen gadget you want.  Even if you only use them once.  But see I kept mine, I knew it would come in handy!

Cinnamon Scones
From Pioneer Woman

Pre heat oven to 350

-3 cups all purpose flour
-1/3 cup sugar
-5 TSPs baking powder
-1/2 TSP cinnamon
-1 cup unsalted butter
-3/4 cups heavy cream
-1 egg
-1 TSP vanilla
-1 cup cinnamon chips ( I used the mini ones)

-1/2 cup sugar
-1 TSP cinnamon
1 1/2 TSPs heavy cream

In a large bowl sift all dry ingredients together.  Cut up your butter, I used cold because I was not sure what to do.  Then use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry stuff, until it is all crumbly.  Add your cinnamon chips.

This is after the butter is cut in, I forgot to take a picture without the cinnamon chips.
  Using a fork, mix all your wet ingredients together then mix into the dry with the fork.  Do not over work, just mix until it all comes together.
Right about here I panicked, how is that little bit of wet stuff going to bring this all together?

Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface, or parchment like I did, and mix it together a bit to get all the dry bits to come together.  
Shape the dough however you want, a circle, a square, whatever.  And pat it flat.  

See it worked!  I had to sort of mush it together on the table a bit as there was a few really dry patches.


Mix the topping and spread it over the top of the scones and pat it down.
Cut your scones with a knife or pizza cutter to the shape and size you want.

I wanted to make them small, so I could control my portions.  Yeah it was worth a shot, I just ate like 3 instead of one.

Don't even try to pick them up, use a cookie spatula or something, just to save yourself the frustration.

Use a spatula to transfer the scones to a lined baking sheet and bake for about 14 minutes.  
I figured they were done when I pushed on the sides and they were not soft.

See, all done, and they could be considered healthy, they are a breakfast item after all. I can try right?
  People, these are so good, they are sweet like a muffin but have the heaviness of a scone.  I cannot eat bread because of how doughy it gets when you eat it, so this is perfect for me.  I made them really tiny so I can eat a few, and like I said I had planned to share them.  Plans do not always work out people, trust me.  And that is something you can believe on the Internet!


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Chocolate Covered Home made Marshmallows

 So before I get started I wanted to remind you all to check out my giveaway going on right now.  Make sure you enter, it is really a cute prize!

  So I am home today with a sick Pork Chop.  He was not feeling great last night, so it seems we have a Dr's visit in the works for today.  So I figure that I might as well make the best of it.  He can watch Disney and eat crackers, and I can type out a blog post.  So you know, it could be worse.  I do sort of feel bad that my friends at work have to wait until tomorrow to try this though, if they knew these were waiting for them.  Well I don't think they would make it through the day.
I know right! Those are some huge marshmallows.
  So this past weekend I decided to try something new.  I really wanted to start this blog to try and share new to me things.  So I went right outside my comfort zone and made marshmallows.  Then I got right back into my zone and covered them in chocolate.  It was awesome!

  So to start I did some googling and found out that there are two ways to make marshmallows.  One way was with eggs, and one without.  I opted for no eggs as I am cheap and did not want to buy eggs.  The other reason is with no eggs it's one less way to screw it up.

  So I found a recipe from Martha Stewart, and tweaked it a little bit with help and suggestions from the comments people made.  The other really cool thing is you need a candy thermometer.  Which I have, in the basement.  Still in the package it came in, over 10 years ago.  I know, I needed it when I was in culinary school and I was going to become a famous chef, and then it sat in the basement until now. I really get a lot of use out of my stuff, you know, eventually.
Man if you could only see how dusty the package was, I hope I use it again before I forget about it again.
  So here you are, with like a million pictures, the easiest marshmallows ever! ( okay maybe not ever, but if I can do it, so can you.)

First get all your stuff together.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

-2 1/2 TBSPs unflavoured gelatin ( this worked out to be 3 envelopes for me)
-1 cup water, split
-1 1/2 cup white sugar
-1 cup light corn syrup
-1/4 TSP salt
-1 TBSP vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
-icing sugar for dusting

  To start put your gelatin and 1/2 cup water in a mixing bowl and make sure it is combined and let it sit while you get the rest together. 
I know it looks gross, but it will get better, I promise!

  Then prepare your pan, a 9x13 cake pan, grease it with butter and sprinkle it with a lot of icing sugar.

I know, what post would be complete without a super cool picture like this.

 Combine the sugar, corn syrup, 1/2 cup water and salt in a sauce pan, and put over medium heat.  Stir until the sugar dissolves.*  Once it does, turn the heat up and attach your candy thermometer.  Using a wet pastry brush, brush the sides of the pot to make sure there are no granules of undissolved sugar.  Then turn the heat up and let it heat, unstirred until it reaches the hard ball stage.  244 degrees.  I found that the first time the mixture started to boil, it looked like it was going to boil over.  So I pulled it off the heat for a second then put it back on and watched it until it reached the hard ball stage.

* to make sure the sugar is dissolved, coat the spoon you are using to stir and run your finger along it.  If it feels gritty the sugar is not dissolved, obviously if it is not gritty you are good to go.
I was so excited to finally use it, I know my life is sad.

This is once it started to get hot.

See starting to boil.

And then it went to this in a few seconds and I screamed and put the camera down.  But I just took it off the heat for a few seconds and we were fine.  
 Once it reaches the correct temperature, turn your mixer on low, you should be using the whisk attachment.  Then take your sugar mixture and slowly pour it into the gelatin mixture.  Once it is all in turn up the mixer to high and beat it until the mixture turns light, white and fluffy and triples in volume.  It took about 8 minutes.  
So here it is, the sugar mix is all stirred in.

Here it is I turned it up high and let it go.  This is about 3 minutes in.

And here it is just before I added the vanilla bean paste.

The last step is to mix in the vanilla.  Once it is all mixed in, you are ready to pour out the mixture. 
You can see my hand prints, I found it easiest to sift the sugar on top.
  Pour it into your prepared pan and then sift a whole bunch of icing sugar on top.  Then take your hands and push and pat the mixture down to even it out.  If it starts to stick to your hands at all, just dust them in sugar.

  Then you just leave it uncovered over night.  

  The next day, get a cutting board and cover it with icing sugar, then turn out your marshmallow onto it.  If it sticks to the pan, pull it out at the corner and it will come out.  If it is sticking to your hands at all, just dust your hands with icing sugar.
My set up.
Right around here I started doing a little happy dance, I had made marshmallows!! I am queen of the culinary world!

Then take a knife or pizza wheel and cut your marshmallows out.  You could even use cookie cutters, but I did not want to waste any.  Also I did not measure, which you can totally tell, but again, it worked out fine, some people will not want large pieces. Although I don't know who that could be, not me for sure.
Okay and now, I came back down to earth, as I realized I cannot cut even marshmallows.
  Once I finished cutting them all, I pulled them apart, and dusted the sticky edges in icing sugar and set them aside while I melted my candy melts.

  I used chocolate candy melts and thinned them out a lot with paraffin crystals.  When I was ready I used two forks to dip each marshmallow, they float so you have to sort of spoon the chocolate over it.  
Oh man!
  Then I left them out to dry.
At this point I just wanted to eat it, but you know, melted chocolate would have been messy.  Sigh.

All done, and I did try to eat one, but it stuck to my paper because it was not totally dry yet.  But is still tasted great.
  And they turned out great!  I love how the vanilla bean paste adds to the marshmallow and the chocolate is a nice thin layer of yumminess. And I am also really surprised with how easy they were, other than the icing sugar ending up everywhere. 
And I tried to not get too upset about the few white patches.  The icing sugar made it hard for the chocolate to stick, so if a bubble popped there would be a white part.  Oh well, it looks more home made this way right?
  So back to watching Disney with Pork Chop and getting some cuddles in. Hey you have to grab them when they offer them.  Wonder if I will be able to make him take a nap, one can hope.

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