Oh Sweet Cinnamon Rolls!

April 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Recipes | Leave a comment
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What a wonderful spring we have been having here in the Texas hill country! I have been looking forward to the ripe fruits and vegetables that should be on their way! We have a strawberry farm a few miles away, and I’m looking forward to getting out there in the next week or so to pick some ripe, juicy berries. I’m contemplating whether I am going to share my favorite Strawberry Pie recipe with you-I know, Selfish Me! I’m sure I’m not the only one who withholds secret family recipes, or am I??? Anyway, more on that in the next week or two.

Yummy and Sticky!

This past week I baked up some made from scratch sweet cinnamon rolls-Yukon Gold Cinnamon Rolls to be exact. The recipe was from Bon Appétit-one of my favorite sites.  I’m not one for using yeast and letting things rise, just not that patient. So to my surprise (and the joy of my family), I found myself making these rolls. I guess the pictures tempted me. They were actually much easier that I had imagined, and from the way they turned out, I will definitely be making more for guests and special occasions. Next time I will add more of the cinnamon filling (they never add enough in my opinion). I will also try freezing them before they rise so that I can have them ready for company.

The special thing about these cinnamon rolls is that they contain potatoes! Being the finicky eater that he is, my husband cringed at the thought of it; he just hasn’t heard of potato bread and the like. I’m positive the creamy, buttery potatoes were the reason for the light, smooth, airy texture of these rolls. The icing was also very easy, but again, not enough for my liking-I made two batches.

Yukon Gold Cinnamon Rolls

So on a day when you’re wanting to bake, and wanting your family to praise your cooking ability, or you’re trying to impress you breakfast guests, try these delicious rolls and let me know how you like them!

(Note to my sisters: Yes, I will include you on the guest list!)

~Karin~

Needing a hostess gift? A Meggie Mae Apron makes a great gift!

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The Lemon Curd Mousse Cake

September 10, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Posted in Recipes | Leave a comment
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Oooh! I looove lemon! So this slide show on lemon desserts from www.bonappetit.com was where it was at for me. I couldn’t decide which dessert to choose (there were 20). Finally, after reading ALL the recipes, I settled for the Lemon Curd Mousse Cake.

If you’ve never subscribed to the Bon Appetit magazine, you should look into it. It is one of my favorites; otherwise I wouldn’t list it on my I Recommend link! They have some of the most amazing recipes along with gorgeous pictures. This particular recipe I found on their website (www.bonappetit.com), which I also recommend. I enjoy the way the recipes are categorized as well as terrific, helpful reviews and amazing pictures. Not only that, but under ‘tips, tools, and ingredients’ they have great tips and slide shows on a variety of cooking subjects.

So, back to the Lemon Curd Mousse Cake. I donned my apron, sat down to read through the 100+ reviews, and decided to take the challenge. The final cake was voted (by the two men in my family) a success! The texture was light and airy, and the taste was tart and sweet at the same time. For the crust I used Keebler-Just Sandies and it turned out great. I would definitely make this cake again, especially for an occasion when I want something that is elegant. One reviewer mentioned adding raspberries to the top, which I think would look beautiful!210_1055

Couple of things noted: As recommended in the reviews, I did cut back on the sugar in the curd-from 2 1/3 cups to 1 3/4 cups. I think adding the rest of the sugar would be o.k. because it would cut back on the tartness (mine was especially tart, which I liked). I also cut back on the sugar in the egg whites- from ¾ c to ½ c. Good call. Second, I don’t think I beat my egg whites till they were stiff enough-therefore my cake wasn’t as tall as the one pictured on the website; nevertheless, it turned out very nice. And third-yes it took a long time to make. Not because of the difficulty, but because of the refrigeration time. This wasn’t a problem since I knew in advance and planned accordingly.

To decide on your favorite lemon dessert from the Lemon Desserts Slide Show, put on your Meggie Mae Apron, click on the Lemon Slide Show and start baking! Let me know how it goes!

Bon Appetit!

Karin

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