Cinnamon buns

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/c43/36826194/files/2014/12/img_5024.jpgBest study snack ever! This is the easiest recipe if you don’t have a bread machine(which sadly I don’t), only one rise is needed and it still tastes amazing. I’ve added in some handy hints, hope you mmmenjoy!

Prep time: 2 hours

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

for the rolls

for the filling

  • 3 Tablespoons (45g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar

for the glaze

  • 1 cup (120g) icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) strong coffee (or use milk/cream instead)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to its lowest setting of heat. Then in a large bowl, toss the 2 and 1/4 cups flour, the sugar, salt, and yeast together.
  2. In a separate bowl heat the water, milk, and butter together in the microwave until the butter is melted and the mixture is hot to touch (around 45 degrees Celsius ). Using the dough attachment on a mixer combine the butter mixture with the flour mixture and add one egg. Add some of the remaining flour mixture if it is too wet ( you can tell it is ready when the dough can be pulled away from the side of the bowl easily and it has an elastic consistency).
  3. Flour a flat and clean surface and knead the dough using your hands dusted lightly with flour (remember to kneed for at least 5 minutes other wise the yeast will not activate!) then place it in a lightly greased bowl and let rest for 15 minutes.
  4. After the 15 minutes roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until its around 0.5cm thickness, and spread the softened butter on top. Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar together and sprinkle it on top of the dough. Roll up the dough and then cut into even pieces (i like around 2cm thickness but it really is all up to you). and place the pieces with swirl up onto a pan, make sure there is space around each piece so it can expand and cover with foil.
  5. Now turn off the oven, leave the door open for a couple of minutes so it is not too hot inside and place them inside the oven and shut the door and let rise for at least 1 hour (I like to leave it for 1.5 hours if I can) or until the rolls have doubled in size.
  6. Take them out of the oven and preheat to 190 degrees celsius. Meanwhile make an egg wash and brush the top of the rolls with it. Then place them in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes until slightly browned (you may need to cover them with alfoil halfway through cooking if it gets too brown) and remove from the oven
  7. Make the glaze by combining the icing sugar, vanilla extract and coffee and drizzle over the top of the rolls and mmmenjoy! Please note that any glaze can be used and it is definitely not confined to coffee, just use the icing sugar, vanilla extract, and 2 tablespoons milk, and then add what flavouring you desire some examples include orange rind or cocoa.

 

 

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Chocolate chip pancakes

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ARRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!! Assignment due on monday!!

……………..2640 words later…………..

I’m done!!! And to celebrate I need pancakes!! It’s dinner time at the moment, and after a day of the sun taunting me saying, go to the beach, go to the beach, I NEED PANCAKES! so this is pretty much a repeat recipe, hardly interesting, and identical to previous posts about pancakes but with chocolate chips added. So without further ado here they are.

Ingredients

  • 1 cups plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolks
  • 1 egg whites
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (but if you’re in a chocolatey mood feel free to add more!)
Method
  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl
  2. In another bowl whisk together the egg yolks, oil, lemon zest, vanilla, and milk
  3. in another bowl whisk the egg white till foamy (but not to the point where soft peaks form) then fold into the e.g. yolk mixture
  4. Whisk the wet mixture into the dry mixture quickly until just combined, then mix in the chocolate chips.
  5. add oil to a frying pan (just enough that it coats but doesn’t run) and when hot spoon around 1/4 of a cup of the batter (usually one scoop) into the pan. Flip when ready (usually 20- 30 seconds depending on how hot the pan is) and then serve with butter and maple syrup

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Bacon, mushroom, lime and black pepper omelet with maple glazed bacon and garlic mushrooms

Decisions, decisions……. I really had a hard time photographing this meal. I ended up narrowing it down to three so I’ve decided to post the other two at the bottom, let me know which one you think is best (if you care that is…or you could just try to read this very long, convoluted post!). Anyway I made this after a very, very long day of labs, I love it because it is sooooooo quick and easy to make. What you might not know is there’s a trick to omlets to stop it from being rubbery on the outside and too thin on the underside. What you actually should do if keep ‘stiring’ or breaking the egg mixture while it is still runny when cooking. This way more of the omelet gets cooked just right 🙂

I have had a bad day fluid flicking wise! I managed to flick myself in the face with the fluids of the cadaver I was working on and it even managed to get into my mouth 😛 Seriously there is not enough mouthwash in the world for me anymore! Bleugh! I had a tough bit of skin and so it just kept going everywhere, and now my lab coat is closer to brown than white! I even sprinted back to my house to take a shower before the next lab! Sooooooooo gross! Then later just before another class I was peeling a mandarin and it squirted me in the face- at least this one smelled better! Anyways before I start ranting too much I better post the recipe, hope you enjoy 🙂

Prep time: 5 mins

cooking time: 15min for one person

Ingredients

  • 3 rashes of bacon
  • 6 brown mushrooms
  • half a lime
  • black pepper to taste
  •  2 eggs
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1.5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. On a wire rack lay out 2 slices of bacon and place in oven for around 10 mins (you will have to adjust according to your cut of bacon)
  2. slice one bacon strip and the mushrooms, finely chop the mushrooms
  3. whisk the eggs and heat a pan on the stove to medium heat
  4. Add a tiny bit of the butter and pour in the egg mixture. Constantly ‘prod’ the egg mixture so new uncooked egg is constantly heated, however make sure the egg still coats the pan – so it is an omelet!
  5. sprinkle in the mushrooms (around one or two) and bacon and allow to cook. Sprinkle in the pepper and squeeze a little lime in.
  6. flip over half of the omelet onto itself and place on a warm plate
  7. add the remaining butter into the pan and add the remaining mushrooms and garlic and occasionally stir until cooked through.
  8. Concurrently remove the bacon from the oven and brush with the maple syrup. Return to oven for 2-3 minutes or until crispy and caramalised
  9. Add the mushrooms and bacon to the plate and enjoy!

Banana Foster Pancakes

mmm I just love breakfast for dinner, I know I keep saying it really is the best meal of the day. Now uni has started up again I don’t have enough time in the morning to make my favourite breakfast dishes so I figure why not make them for dinner instead!! I managed to catch up with a uni friend when I made these -(and forced her to subscribe to my blog!!!) so if you do ever read this COMMENT!!! If not, then I know you never read it, in which case I’ll unlike all the youtube videos of yours that you made me subscribe to!!! ( just kidding, I’m not that mean….ish sometimes..well…I better stop before I can’t get out of the very deep hole I’m digging myself into!)

I decided to make this on friday as I figured after one week of uni I needed an insane amount of sugar to keep me bouncing around and motivated to study. It did manage to keep me energetic… the studying part not so much! I guess that’s the thing about weekends, you keep thinking that you have enough time to do everything the next day. Anyway I also tried using the dish washer for the first time, and geez I am not good with technology, I ended up having to google the instruction manual to figure out all the weird button, then I spent three different cycles trying to get the water to turn on- for some reason it just wouldn’t run. Anyway it’s still going now and I have no idea if its washed anything yet, how ridiculous, it really is easier to hand wash!

Prep time:20 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins ( but it really depends on the size and number of pans that you have, I could only cook like 3 small pancakes at once so it took forever!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 heaping teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups milk (I used lactose free milk and it worked perfectly!)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 2-3 bananas, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Method:

  1. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  2. It a separate bowl whisk together the egg yolks, milk, vanilla extract and oil
  3. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until it forms a light foamy mixture, and then fold it into the egg yolk mixture
  4. Whisk the wet mixture into the dry mixture
  5. In a small pan melt the butter and brown sugar together (if you have any rum or whisky add a splash as well), try to get the mixture thin enough to brush or easily drizzle onto the pancakes by adding more butter or brown sugar.
  6. Place a flat frying pan (preferably non stick) over medium heat and add a little oil, using a spatula spread the oil out and coat the pan evenly
  7. place a small scoop of the batter on the pan and then wait for it to slightly bubble, then add the banana pieces on top and use a brush to cover the bananas with the brown sugar mixture. now flip the pancake over.
  8. Remove from heat and place in a warm oven until you’re about to eat (as they cool down very quickly) make sure the tray that you place them on is warm as well
  9. Repeat with remaining batter and enjoy!!

Pancakes!!!!!!!!

I love breakfast! It is by far my most favourite meal of the day, so much so that I love having breakfast for dinner, I know weird! but its holidays- who wakes up early on holidays 😛 Anyways I love this recipe for pancakes if you do it right its got just the right thickness, and the perfect height. However if you’re like me and forget to bring a frying pan back with you to your home, you’ll end up with the pancakes in the photo! I better explain, I rent a place in Perth for uni- and so I brought all my cooking stuff up there to use. It’s break now so I’m back in the country sans the majority of my cooking gear, so instead of pancakes in a frying pan, I used a wok!

Also I’ve got to add, I suck at driving, I’ve got two weeks to learn how to drive a manual before my test, and seriously why do we need to learn how to park, I figure I’ll just keep on going and never stop! Plus what is with the big seats, I’m short, but like average short not dwarfism short, regardless no matter how close I put the chair I still have to stretch to get the clutch in the whole way, I feel like I need wooden blocks on the end of my shoes so I can reach the clutch! Anyway enough of my ranting, try making these pancakes they are the greatest comfort food for a frustrating day, and don’t forget the mmm when you eat!

Pancakes!!!!!!!!!!!

Cooking time: 30 mins

Makes: 5 pancakes

All the Ingredients I used -sans the milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cups plain flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg yolks
  • 1 egg whites
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Method
  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl
  2. In another bowl whisk together the egg yolks, oil, lemon zest, vanilla, and milk
  3. in another bowl whisk the egg white till foamy (but not to the point where soft peaks form) then fold into the e.g. yolk mixture
  4. Whisk the wet mixture into the dry mixture quickly until just combined.
  5. add oil to a frying pan (just enough that it coats but doesn’t run) and when hot spoon around 1/4 of a cup of the batter (usually one scoop) into the pan. Flip when ready (usually 20- 30 seconds depending on how hot the pan is) and then serve with butter and maple syrup

Step 2: Egg yolk mixture

Step 3 : Egg whites