Monday, February 27, 2012

One Hour Cinnamon Roll

This makes a huge batch of dough.  It ends up over the top of my kitchenaid.  I would suggest cutting the recipe in half. I will add a second post shortly with the halved recipe written out.  

Mix and let sit for 15 minutes
3 1/2 cup warm water
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil

6 Tablespoon yeast (4 1/2 Tablespoons Saf-Instant)

Then add
1 Tablespoon salt
3 eggs
10 1/2 c. flour

Mix together for 10 minutes, then sit for 10 minutes. Oil counter top, dump out dough. Divide in half. Roll one half out into rectangle. Spread with 2 Tablespoons  melted butter and then with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Roll up tight. Divide into 12 rolls and place on greased cookie sheet. Repeat with other half of dough. Let rise until they are about the size that you want them, they will rise more in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 400.

Cinnamon Sugar
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

After baking, frost the rolls just before eating. This way you can warm up the rolls and frosting separately. 


1 stick butter
Dash of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 Cups powdered sugar
milk to correct consistency

These are the first half of the batch.  They are about the size of my hand.
I found this recipe via Pinterest.  Here is the link to the original recipe. It also has step by step pictures.  I changed a few things, such as the amount of butter for the filling.  I used the full amount for the first 1/2 but then decided it was too much.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pasta with Asparagus

Asparagus, chopped
Pasta, 1/2 box
1/4 cup butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bullion cube
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (the cheap sprinkly cheese, not the good stuff)
1 cup half and half
salt and pepper to taste (white pepper would look better, but I'm cheap and didn't use it)
Walnuts, chopped
Bacon, crumbled

Cook pasta according to package directions. Blanche Asparagus to tender, but not gooey. 

Sauce:  Melt butter in skillet. Add garlic, cook for about 1 minute.  Add bullion cube and cheese, mix until the cube dissolves.  Add half and half cook until thickened to sauce consistency.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Mix pasta and asparagus into the sauce.  Plate.  Add bacon and walnuts.  Serve.

I found the original recipe here off of pinterest.   I adapted it to meet our needs and what we had in the fridge.  I was hesitant about the bacon, but Phil does love bacon so I thought I would try it out.  DON'T SKIP THE BACON! It really did add to the dinner.