Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ham and Cheese Pizza with Pretzel crust


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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.

I baked my normal way and it was very tasty.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cheater Cinnamon Buns

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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.

Makes nine buns.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chai Tea Latte

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:

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Thumb sized glob of ginger,  cut into fat matchsticks
1 star anise
10 cardamom pods
30 peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
10 cloves

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.

Sunday, February 15, 2015