Category Archives: Breakfast

Cinnamon Rolls made in a Muffin Tin

Yum!

Cinnamon Rolls can make a grown man cry! With that said make these for the favorite man in your life.  You’ll be queen for the day or maybe for the week.  This can be a no-brainer if you can make basic biscuit dough.  If you’ve never made biscuits before just cut yourself a little slack and practice, practice, practice!

My students love this lab!  I’m not such a fan.  I’m more of a savory person, but really can go for  one of these with a good cup of coffee.    So get in the kitchen and whip some of these mouth-watering cinnamon rolls up for someone special.

Last spring GI Joe and I were in Halifax on a very cold, blustery day and walked into a very busy coffee shop Cabin Coffee to be exact.  Guess what we found?  Cinnamon rolls going like hot cake made with biscuit dough not the usual yeast dough.     They were cooked in a huge muffin pan and as soon as they came out of the oven they were flying out the door.  I’ve  never seen anything like it.  So here you go –   my Cinnamon Rolls in a Muffin Tin.  Yes,  this is something else that you can enjoy with your family  in this coming week of frigid temperatures.

Here are a few pictures to help if you are visual person like me.

Dough is kneaded and ready to press into a rectangle.

Kneaded dough

Press the dough into a rectangle and place the sugar and cinnamon on top.

Cinnamon and sugar

Rolled and ready to cut.  To make sure they are equal in size put indentions in the dough to help when cutting.

Rolled and ready to cut

Place in greased muffins tins.

Ready to bake

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls in a Muffin Tin

Yield 12

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self-rising flour ( I use White Lily)
  • 4 tablespoons Crisco
  • 2/3 to 3/4 milk ( I use buttermilk)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Icing:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons milk (DO NOT add all at once)

Directions:  Check here for a step-by-step photo gallery of how to make the dough.

  1. Using a pastry blender cut Crisco into flour until it is the size of peas.
  2. Make a well in the center of flour.
  3. Add about 2/3 cup of milk.  Do not add all of it.
  4. Stir with a fork until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl.  If the dough seems dry add a little more milk.
  5. Pour the dough on a floured surface.  I use wax paper because you can just throw it away.
  6. Knead the dough 4-5 times.
  7. Press dough out into a 9 x 13 inch rectangle.
  8. Cover the dough with 1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  9. Roll up the dough starting at the long end.  Roll as tightly as you can.  Dough may tear and stick to the paper.  Don’t worry just use a straight edge to push the dough off the paper and pinch the holes together with your fingers.
  10. Pinch the long edge together.
  11. Cut into 12 pieces.  I use dental floss by slipping it under the dough and crisscrossing it.
  12. Place in greased muffin pan.
  13. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  14. Mix powdered sugar with  teaspoon vanilla.  Add milk a little at the time to get a spreadable consistency.
  15. Using a spoon or spatula spread icing on cinnamon rolls while hot.
  16. Enjoy!

Yum!

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Blueberry and Yogurt Loaf from Donna Hay

Blueberry Yogurt Loaf

This blueberry yogurt loaf is just what you want with your morning coffee or at the end of a great meal.  It’s a dense, lemony, buttery loaf of goodness.  I’ve made it at least six times in the last month.  It’s that good.

Don’t get the wrong idea and think it is a blueberry pound cake.  It’s not.  It’s a cross between a pound cake and a quick bread.  It’s a lovely thing because you can use two bowls and you need no mixer.

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Best Ever Pancakes from Martha

Martha's Best Panckakes

School’s  been in session for three months.  Really?  I’ve been in a whirlwind of what?  Where have the days gone?  Am I the only one that’s wondering what’s happening to time?  Let’s slow time down.  Do you agree?  I want to enjoy, just soak it all in, live each second before it slips away.  I don’t want to miss a thing!  What about you?

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Sausage Balls Made with Buttermilk

Sausage Balls made with Buttermilk

I love sausage balls for breakfast.  When Syble told be about this recipe that she got from her sister Sue I knew that I had to try it.  It’s another easy one that anyone can do.   Make and freeze so you can pull them out anytime.  My freezer is my friend for so many baked goods.  Let it do some work for you.  You’ll be that much more organized in the morning when it is crunch time to get out of the door.

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Baked Eggs in Muffin Tins

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My students absolutely loved these!!!!  A couple of my friends told me that I should try this recipe in my class.  It is quick and easy!  Just right for a 45 minute class period.  When I started doing a little investigation about baked eggs lo and behold they are everywhere.  I missed out on this one earlier, but now I am on the bandwagon.  Perfect for a quick breakfast.  My students came up with endless ideas making these the almost perfect food.  That is what eggs are anyway – the almost perfect food!  So now go get your muffin tin buttered and cook up some eggs for breakfast.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (if they last that long) and pop in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  Eggs are a great protein source that will keep you satisfied all morning.

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Easy Danish Kringle

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I  found one of the easiest brunch recipes today.  Your’re going to either hate me or love me.  Especially when we’ve all made our New Year’s resolutions to be more healthy.  It won’t hurt to indulge in just one small piece, though.  The recipe is  from one of my favorite recipe sources Pillsbury. It is a bake-off winner from 1998 and so simple that if will leave you wondering if you have done something wrong.  I just bet that you have all the ingredients right there in your kitchen to get this started at your earliest convenience.  You’ll need a  Pillsbury pie crust, light brown sugar, softened butter, chopped pecans, and powdered sugar.  While to pastry is coming to room temperature you can measure all your ingredients.  In a mere 30 minutes you will have one of the best pastries that you could buy anywhere.

Now here’s how to put it together.

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Crunchy Chewy Granola

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I hate it when I find just the right shade of lipstick and  you are standing at the cosmetic counter glaring at the salesperson as they say to you with a smile “Sorry, but the color has been discontinued.”  What?  Tell me you are kidding?  It has been brought to my attention many times that I should buy two of everything that I love.  You know that special t-shirt, sweater, jeans, and the list goes on.  So you know where this is going.  I am a granola girl.  I love it with cold skim milk in the morning, for a snack, or dinner.  More than once or twice I have fallen for a certain brand and out of no where production of this wonderful product stops.  No one calls me.  No one asked my opinion.  It just stops appearing on the shelf.  It’s sad.  Now I’m doing what I should have done a long time ago and I am making my granola.  Well, really it’s not mine but thanks to Katie Workman I can have my favorite granola anytime I want it.   So can you and you will love it!

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Buttermilk Pancakes from Cooking Light

I know that I am preaching to the choir when I say this, but it has come again to my attention that some parents of teenagers think that my food’s class is frivolous!  Ha!  I have witnessed first hand during our second lab that basic cooking skills are needed.  These include knowing the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon, measuring dry ingredients correctly in a dry measuring cup, and that a skillet must be preheated before pouring pancake batter  in the pan.  Nothing ceases to amaze me in the food’s lab after so many years of teaching.  What does amaze me that some parents  don’t think that being able to prepare nutritious meals at home is a necessary skill.  Well, I am not going there today!  But,  I was pleased to see this article in Cooking Light last month Bring Back Home Economics to Schools!  If I get on my soap box today I will take up way too much space here and too much of your valuable time.  Let’s get to the light version of the pancakes we made  last week.  They were delightful!

When I was giving my demonstration I tried a new recipe using sour cream and melted butter.  While I loved the taste I was not pleased with the texture.  I am a lover of light and fluffy pancakes, not the thin crepe type.  So after giving the students the basic instructions of putting pancakes together I changed the ingredients to make a lighter and fluffier version.  The one that I used came from Cooking Light.  The recipe calls for much less fat than most recipes.

The results in most groups were fantastic, but we were not without a few mishaps from using the wrong measurements,  preheating to the wrong temperature , or in some cases not preheating the skillet at all.  Some students did admit that they should pay closer attention when I am cooking for them.  Well, yes that is the whole idea behind demonstrating.   Here is the recipe for you to try on a beautiful fall Saturday morning.

Buttermilk Pancakes from Cooking Light

Yield 18 medium pancakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Directions:

  1. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife.
  2. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl, and make a well in center of mixture.
  3. Combine buttermilk, oil, and egg; add to flour mixture, stirring until smooth.
  4. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter onto a hot nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray.
  5. Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked.

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Sky-High Brunch Bake

Talk about a show stopper this Sky-High Brunch Bake is one that will stop you in your tracks!  I could not resist making it when I saw the picture in Food and Family by Kraft.  It is beautiful to look at and it is quite tasty.  I am keeping this bookmarked to use during the holiday season for a brunch because the green spinach and red peppers are so colorful!  Don’t let the beautiful picture intimidate you because it is super simple to make if you can get past rolling out the pastry dough.  Just follow the thawing directions on the box.  You can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or leave it out for about 45 minutes ahead of time.  I like to thaw it out in the refrigerator.  If you let it get too warm just put it back in the refrigerator for a few minutes.  The pastry dough is very forgiving.  The rest of the recipe is a cinch to make.  Trust me by saying the novice cook can pull this off without a hitch and come out smelling like a rose!

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Coffee Cake

I ask myself, do I really have a part-time job? When I get off at 12 it seems to me that I have worked all day.   I’ve taught 4 classes and have seen 125 students. It is  nonstop for me and time just flies by.    My hours are 8-12, but at 12 it is just like I have another job!  I am busy to the point that I wonder what happens to my free afternoon.  With more time I find myself with less time to just relax!  It seems that I don’t have time to enjoy my front porch with a good book or eat lunch on my deck.  I haven’t plugged in my sewing machine in 2 years!  In the three years that I have had this blog many hours have been spent writing, planning, shopping , cooking, eating, and learning to use a camera.  Thank goodness that I do have a busy life.  What would happen to me without all this stuff to do????  Now for the recipe for this wonderful Coffee Cake that my sister-in-law gave me years ago that has saved my life for many showers, brunches, and for something sweet at 10:00 o’clock at night!

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