I have never made chicken and dumplings before. Normally, I made a chicken soup and put noodles or rice in it. But it was not hard and I understand the appeal of big fluffy clouds of starch.
I made the white lily biscuit recipe but I added a lot of black pepper and 2T of finely chopped parsley. The only thing is that it did not keep. The dumplings disintegrated into the soup when reheated.
When I was pregnant with my second child, I would visit this bakery near my daughter's gymnastics place. They had something there called brown sugar shortbread. I loved this cookie and it has no chocolate. Well after the birth of my second child, I never ventured near that bakery again. I was flipping through a cook book that I had borrowed from the library and came upon a recipe called brown sugar shortbread.
So I made it and ate it and now I am happy.
A few notes about this recipe- use the fanciest butter you can. For me that was some Kerrygold. The butter flavor is very strong so you want to use the good stuff.
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons white sugar
Preheat the oven to 350.
Whip the butter in a mixer until it has doubled in volume. Add the sugar and salt and cream together.
Sift together the flour, cornstarch and cinnamon. Add this in three additions to the butter. It should just come together. If it looks a bit sandy, that is okay.
Pat this down into a greased 1/4 sheet pan. Prick with a fork and score how you want to cut it.
Bake for 15 minutes then take it out, turn it when you put it back in the oven so the back is front and vice versa, Bake another 15 minutes. Leave it in the oven to cool. Pull it out and put the white sugar on it.
Let it cool in the pan for 30 minutes.
If you did the scoring right, you can pick it up and it will break where you want it to. But if it does not, you can just use a knife and cut it.
I find pizza is an excellent way to use the odds and ends in the fridge.
I had about 1/4 pound of ham, some thinly sliced cheddar cheese and a bit of purple onion.
I put this on a pizza with a mustard base.
To make the pretzel crust, I brushed the crust that was not covered with cheese with a boiling water/baking soda solution. I would say about half a cup with 1 tablespoon of baking soda. I then sprinkled it with Kosher salt.
Did you know at most mega marts they sell loaves of frozen bread dough? I bought one and as an experiment, turned it into cinnamon buns.
Yeah, I will be doing that again.
This recipe takes planning, but less hands on time to my original recipe.
Cheater Cinnamon Buns
1 loaf frozen bread dough
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
Cream cheese icing
1 stick of butter,softened
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1 pound of powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Take the loaf of frozen dough, put it in a big bowl. Leave it to defrost. I would have done it in the fridge but I did not have any room so I put it in the oven. When it is defrosted and poofy roll it out to an uneven rectangle. I did the defrosting two night before I made them. This was poor planning on my part. If you decide to make them for the following day, I suggest pulling out the frozen loaf the morning before and letting it defrost during the day.
Mix the stick of butter with the sugar and cinnamon. It should make a frosting like consistency. Spread it on the uneven rectangle. Roll it up into a fat log. Cut it unto nine pieces. Put the nine pieces in a square 8 x 8 buttered dish. Let it rise overnight. I did this again in the cold oven, because still no room in the fridge.
The following morning, I turned the oven to 350. YOUR HOUSE WILL SMELL AMAZING.
While this is baking, I made the frosting. This is a dump and stir. And this makes more frosting that you will need and I froze it into little 4 ounce blocks that I can defrost when it is time to make this again.
About 30 -40 minutes later you will have these buns. Then you have to let them cool. About 15 minutes later frost your buns. Eat with hot coffee or cold milk.
I was craving one of those chai latte things from Starbucks. But it is TOO COLD for me to leave the house so I used what I had on hand and made something that was close:
Thumb sized glob of ginger, cut into fat matchsticks
1 star anise
10 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
I put all this stuff in a little bag and beat it up with a small skillet. It was very satisfying to do this. Then I put the beat up spices in a saucepan and let it toast for a few seconds until it smelled like spice. Then I put four cups of cold water into the pan and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. This smells AWESOME.
I took it off the heat and added about eight teabags. I wish I could say I used something fancy, but I had Lipton on hand and that is what I used. I let it steep for about 5 minutes.
Then I added a 12 ounce can of evaporated milk into the saucepan. I brought it back to a simmer. Then I strained it and put it in a mason jar. This is concentrated chai stuff so it needs to be diluted in a 1 to 1 ratio. I sweetened it with a little honey, but I really do not like it too sweet. Shocking, if you know me in real life because I like things sweet but tea is not one of them.
I had another cup just now. I microwaved the concentrate with one part water.
And I feel smug that I did not spend $4.50 and go out in the cold. But I did put it in a Starbucks mug because it is my favorite mug.
I am a tiny Asian woman trying to navigate the Deep South. I have a profound love of all things deep fried.
I married a man seven years my junior (WHO IS THE ROCK STAR! JAYUUH!)
I have a well developed sense of humor and a poorly developed sense of spacial relations.
I share too much, which is why I need to blog to edit before I over share with people how often I poop and how I saw my first gray hair at 24 AND IT WAS NOT ON MY HEAD.
I had a child on February 2007 I had another child in October of 2011. My life has not been the same. It has gotten a lot better.
If you wish to contact me email me at minjenah at gmail dot com. I will respond, eventually.