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.
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