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Sunday Summary 3/28 – 4/9

Sunday! So it is time, yet again, to do a summary. I missed it last Sunday- because I entirely forgot about the whole summary thing I was going to do. The list will be long, but it’s going to feature some delicious recipes. The featured recipe from this summary is most definitely the Homemade Pizza. Everyone should give this a try! There is a nice mixture of successes, failures, dinner, and dessert.

  • No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

    This was the best homemade cheesecake I have ever had. It is a featured recipe from a dear friend of mine- DL Dzioba. It’s rather simple- but makes a huge pie. Get two pie crusts to make it most effective. Maybe a chocolate drizzle or some sort of whipped topping would be great too!

  • Homemade Pizza (crust & sauce)

    This pizza was amazingly delicious! The crust is better if you fold in some garlic and then butter the edges and dust it with garlic salt- which I did the second time that I used this recipe. It’s time consuming, but it is definitely worth the time and the effort.

  • Failure: S’mores Pie

    Don’t waste your time on this one ladies and gents! The pie was basically fudge in a crust, and eventually had to be microwaved to even cut it. If you figure out how to make it work- let me know. Be careful not to set it aflame like I did!

  • Moon Pies!

    These moon pies were amazing! The recipe worked well and they were all devoured. They were very rich, and you need more marshmallow than you might expect. I would also like to try them mixing some peanutbutter in with the filling on some. Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Amazing!

  • Cinnamon Rolls

    This is my first recipe that is totally mine. I made it up as I went along, and it turned out about a million times better than I had expected. Great for breakfast. Cream cheese icing would make them even better.

  • Toffee Bars

    These were a semi-success. They were goodish… but not the best. They could be great with proper tweaking and if my recipe had worked how it was supposed to work.

  • Vanilla Wafers (Banana Pudding Part 1

    This is the first half of my banana pudding experiment. These wafers were great- use pure vanilla if you have it. I prefer them softer so that they get soggy, so I’m not sure if they’re as good when cooked crispy. Recipe from Alton Brown.

  • Vanilla Pudding & Assembling the Banana Pudding

    This is homemade vanilla pudding that goes into the banana pudding. Again, from Alton Brown. This banana pudding was gone within 2 days my family liked it so much. If you don’t like bananas, you can substitute pineapples or just leave them out all together.

  • Fried Squash

    This was a rather simple recipe. Can be boiled down to: slice squash, flour squash, fry squash, eat squash. Really great way to fix this vegetable. I haven’t tried fried zucchini, but I bet it’s just as great. Maybe I’ll do that soon…

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Bethea’s Cinnamon Rolls

Man- I seem to do a lot with cinnamon and brown sugar! But that’s okay- because they are two of my favorite ingredients. I wanted some cinnamon rolls for breakfast- and I didn’t have any. So I thought to myself “I will make some!”. I looked online for a recipe- but none of them looked like what I wanted. So you want to know the kicker here? This is my first HOMEMADE FROM SCRATCH RECIPE! It’s not even altered from another recipe. So thrilled about this! Especially since they turned out so well. All of them were gone in a matter of hours. This was actually relatively simple, too, so I think all of you should do it. (Granted, I think that about most of my recipes!)

Dough Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • .5oz dry active yeast
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 2/3 cup of milk

“Filling” Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick melted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Icing Ingredients

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

  1. Mix flour, yeast (I use a yeast you don’t mix with water first), brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Cut in the stick of soft butter.
  3. Mix in the milk until just combined.
  4. Turn out on pastry mat or floured surface. Knead the bread until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Place dough into a greased bowl and cover with a towel for 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°.
  7. After dough has risen, turn it out onto pastry mat or floured surface. Roll dough with a rolling pin into a rectangle about 1/8-1/4 inch thick.
  8. Prepare the “filling”. Melt 1/2 stick of butter and mix brown sugar/cinnamon/sugar in a bowl.
  9. Cut a strip from the dough, brush on a generous amount of butter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon mixture.
  10. Roll the strip up and then place onto a greased or parchment paper lined pan.
  11. Repeat steps 8-9 until all dough has been used. Dust tops of ready to bake rolls with cinnamon sugar.
  12. Bake for 10-15 minutes- to your desired texture/doneness.
  13. While rolls are baking, whisk together the icing ingredients in a bowl.
  14. Ice the cinnamon rolls after removing them from the oven.
  15. Allow to cool- then serve!

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