Practical things done! Cookies baking! Ahhhhh!
Okay, confession time. Wrote the above yesterday.
If truth be told today would be:
Sipping coffee . . . still in nightie . . . raining . . .
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I am excited and honored to announce that I have been chosen by mydearbakes to receive their “I’m A Baking Enthusiast” Award!
I thank them so much for honoring me with this award!
I had a big meal earlier and so wanted some little thing for the evening meal. Hmmmm . . . waffles! I read recently of making homemade dessert in minutes by making brownies in the waffle maker. Make the batter in which ever way you like but scoop some into the waffle maker instead of the baking pan and in 5 minutes or less you’ll be adding ice cream. Yum. Haven’t tried it yet, but it got me thinking.
S0, last time I grocery shopped I saw the store brand “tube” of cinnamon rolls was on sale and picked up a package. Oh, were they good. In my waffle maker it took about 4 minutes. The “tubes” of rolls come with frosting, but I’m not into overly sweet things, so I popped them out of my waffle maker and added a bit of butter only. My whole main floor smells AMAZING and I had a simple and yummy evening meal. I put the rest of the tube of rolls in a zipper bag and into the refrig for another meal. Try it! Think outside the tube!
Don’t have a waffle maker? Check your local thrift shops. I found mine at a small thrift shop in town for just 2.00!
Here is a quick and zesty recipe you’ll love!
I started with orzo and cooked it at a simmer until almost “done.” This could be done with brown rice, quinoa, etc. I measured approximately a cup and a half, uncooked. When “almost done” drain and set aside.
I next opened a can of condensed nacho cheese soup and cooked it with a can of lowfat milk. As soon as the cheese melted, I added my cooked orzo and let it simmer.
While my cheesy orzo simmered, I took some cut up grilled chicken breast from my freezer (I always have some in the freezer and ready to warm up and use for a quick dish.) I thawed my already cooked chicken in the microwave, then plated my cheesy pasta, topped with my chicken. Yum!
Options: This can be a meatless meal easily. I also like it with broccoli in place of the chicken. Other interesting ingredients, when I have them, include colorful sweet peppers, chopped, and put in just before serving . . . I like mixing my textures! Also chopped onions, any leftover meat you may have will work nicely. Skip the rice or pasta and add lots of colorful steamed or sauted veggies and serve in a bread bowl topped with shredded cheddar cheese! (good use for the bread you made or bought yesterday which is a bit less fresh!
Bread Dough Pretzels
Note: I began the process with my bread machine and recommend adding ingredients in the order your machine suggests.
6-7 ounces of water
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups bread flour
½ teaspoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons yeast
1 egg, beaten
I placed all ingredients EXCEPT the beaten egg and coarse salt into my bread machine on the dough setting and did so in the order my machine instructs. (The order written here)
When the dough setting was complete, I removed the dough onto the counter (piece of parchment paper) and divided it into 12 equal pieces, then shaped it into the desired “pretzel” shape i.e. twists or sticks.
Preheat oven to 450 and place pretzels onto a greased baking sheet. Brush each with beaten egg, and then sprinkle with coarse salt as desired – I prefer light on the salt. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Can be frozen. Thaw in oven in about 5 minutes.
EXPLANATION OF DOUGH SETTING:
Knead for 7 minutes
Rise for 5 minutes
Knead for 18 minutes
Rise for 50 minutes
I used parchment paper on my counter (waxed paper would be fine) and put flour on it before dividing dough. I also floured my hands before handling the dough. It made life pleasant. I chose to make pretzel sticks – 12 of them, rather than twisting it.
I used cooking spray to grease the baking sheet.
If using more than one baking sheet be certain to rotate them. Place the second oven rack close to the first.
I ate one fresh from the oven without brushing melted butter on it, simply my preference. At the mall places I have often found them too greasy and wiped them off a bit with a napkin to remove excess butter and salt. They come out of the oven lightly browned, though that doesn’t show well in this photograph.
Since I already teased you with photographs of my first ever homemade bagels, I will now tease you with my first ever homemade pizza bagels from yesterday’s adventure:
Superbowl snacking, watching the game, writing, ah, Sunday night peace and restful fun. Feeling blessed.
So . . . confession time. I bought some chunky applesauce for a recipe. I had some leftover and oh it was so good and tasted just like home-made chunky applesauce. Oh, yum.
Biscuits in the can were on sale at the grocery and while I love home-made, the price was good so I bought a can. This morning, I wanted something sweet for breakfast with my coffee. What to do?
Poked in the ‘fridge and decided to flatten/stretch 2 of the biscuits from the tin, spoon some of the applesauce into the center, and fold ’em in half. I lightly sprayed non-stick spray onto a baking sheet, placed my two turnovers into the pan, and lightly sprayed the tops of the turnovers and baked them for about 15 minutes at 350.
Yum! Browned nicely, full of apple yummy-ness and just what I wanted this morning. That’s why there’s no photo to show you. I ate ’em so fast because they were so good!
If you want to make this a more than 2 ingredient meal and want it sweeter than I did, you can make a little confectioner sugar glaze and drizzle it over top or before putting them into the oven lightly sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on top of them. For me, that wasn’t necessary but if I bought ’em at a bakery they’d be extra sweet and I’d still eat them and love them. lol