Tuesday, May 8, 2012

~Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls~

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Shaggy and cold dough will be formed into a loose, lightly floured disk.

It’s the beginning of very good things.

For biscuit cinnamon rolls, we’ll roll the dough much thinner.

Dough is topped with melted butter and cinnamon sugar filling.

Ok now you know this is the ultimate - rolled & sliced into thinly if you want crispy or thick if you want soft centre

Biscuit Cinnamon Rolls are like no other cinnamon roll I’ve ever had.  There’s hardly any kneading (they are like short crust pastry).  There’s no rise time.  There is warm, tender-centered, cinnamon flavored dough bites.  These pastries bake up with biscuit flakiness and rich cinnamon swirl.  They’re a bit more dense than your standard cinnamon roll… because they’re biscuits.

Makes 8 or 9 rolls

For the Biscuits:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk, cold
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Filling:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg (optional)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted plus a bit more for topping the biscuits before baking

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.  Grease a 8×8-inch square baking pan and set aside.
In a small bowl, make the filling by mixing together sugars, spices.  Set aside.  Set melted butter aside as well.
In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Cut in shortening and butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Use your hands to break the fat cutes into the dry ingredients. Some of the fat bits will be the size of peas and some bits will be the size of oat flakes.    In another bowl, combine egg, milk, and vanilla, and beat lightly with a fork.  Add the liquid to flour mixture all at once, stirring enough to make a soft dough.
Turn out onto a floured board and knead about 15 times.  If the butter has warmed too much in the making of the dough, shape the batter into a dish, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest in the fridge for 15 minutes.  If the butter is still cool, shape the dough into a disk and, on a well floured surface, roll dough to a little less than 1/2-inch thickness.  My dough was about 12-inches long and 10-inches tall.  The dough will be rolled much thinner than a biscuit dough that you would cut biscuits from.
Brush biscuit dough with melted butter.  Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar filling.  Begin to carefully roll one vertical side into a fairly tight roll.  Continue rolling until you have a biscuit cylinder.  Using a sharp, floured knife, slice into log, about 1-inch thick.  Place rolls, in prepared pan.  Brush the tops with melted butter and bake for 13-15 minutes, until slightly golden brown on top.
These biscuit cinnamon rolls are best served warm the day they’re made.  They’re also good reheated with butter and jam.  

Petits Pots

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Petits Pots à l'Absinthe
· Contributed by
Didier Murat




1. 1 cup heavy cream
2. 2/3 cup whole milk
3. 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
4. 1 teaspoon unflavored powdered gelatin dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water
5. Fresh berries, for serving OR any fruits of season

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, milk and sugar and bring to a simmer. Off the heat, whisk in the gelatin.

2. Strain the mixture into a pitcher and pour into six 4-ounce ramekins or bowls. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the puddings and refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours.

Serve with fresh berries or your choice of fruits.

Make Ahead The pots à l'absinthe can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Things to make you happy

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Have you ever stopped to think about what really makes you happy?
Add your link if you have a blog stating 10 of your best things to make you happy :-)

1. Walking in the garden full of flowers, hear the sound of birds chirping, and admiring the beauty of natural environment. 

2. Being with my hubby & children & with other family members.  Enjoying my lovely Grandchildren.

3. When I can help the old, needy or sick person.

4. Dreaming of living in this type of home with a view.

5. When I am performing my Prayers, as I feel close to Allah (SWT).

6. Strolling on beach and enjoying the sound of waves.

7. Travelling in beautiful places and exploring the new country & shopping.

8. Being in the country side with view of mountain & lakes.

9. I get so happy when it rains and love to hear the sound splattering on my home roof.

10. Eating yummy food - made by others.

The list is increasing with things which makes me happy:)

11.  Floating away in nowhere - Bliss.

Always Dream

I want to curl up here and enjoy my leisure time with a book and cup of hot chocolate /coffee late and relax whilst the Sunshine warms me and the breeze plays through my hair.

My Dreams:)