23 April 2011

Brioche with Strawberry Butter

Makes 16 small brioche

Dough Starter:
2 tablespoons water, at room temperature
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
½ cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 large egg

Flour Mixture:
1 cup plus 1 ½ tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, cold
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft

Egg Glaze:
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoon cream

  1. One day or up to 2 days ahead, make the dough starter. In the mixer bowl, place the water, sugar, instant yeast, flour, and egg. Whisk by hand until very smooth, to incorporate air, about 3 minutes. The sponge will be the consistency of a very thick batter. (At first the dough may collect inside the whisk, but just shake it out and keep whisking. If it’s too thick to whisk, it means you’ve added too much flour and will need to add a little of the eggs to be added Step 3.) Scrape down the sides of the bowl and set it aside, covered with plastic wrap.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the flour mixture and add to the sponge. In a small bowl. Whisk the flour with the sugar and yeast. Then whisk in the salt (this keeps the yeast from coming in contact with the salt, which would kill it). Sprinkle this mixture on top of the sponge. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and let stand for 1 hour at room temperature. (During this time, the sponge will bubble through the flour mixture in places; this is fine.) Refrigerate the dough for up to 24 hours.
  3. Mix the dough. Add the 2 cold eggs and mix with the dough hook on low (#2 if using a KitchenAid) for about 1 minutes or until the flour is moistened. Raise the speed to medium (#4 KitchenAid) and beat for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl with an oiled spatula and continue beating for about 5 minutes longer or until the dough is smooth and shiny by very soft and sticky. It will mass around the dough hook but not pull away from the bowl completely. Add the butter by the tablespoon, waiting until each addition is almost completely absorbed before adding the next tablespoon, beating until all the butter is incorporated. The dough will be very soft and elastic and will stick to your fingers unmercifully, but do not be tempted to add more flour at this point; it will firm considerably after chilling.
  4. Let the dough rise. Using an oiled spatula or dough scraper, scrape the dough into a 1-quart dough rising container or bowl, greased lightly with cooking spray or oil. Lightly spray or oil the top of the dough and cover the container with a lid or plastic wrap. With a piece of tape, mark the side of the container at approximately where double the height would be. Allow the dough to rise until doubles, 1 ½ to 2 hours.
  5. Chill the dough. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour to firm it; this will prevent the butter from separating. Gently deflate the dough by stirring it with a rubber scraper or spatula, and return it to the refrigerator for another hour so that it will be less sticky and easier to handle.
  6. Deflate the dough and allow it to rest, chilled. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and press or roll it into a rectangle, flouring the surface and dough as needed to keep it from sticking. The exact size of the rectangle is not important. Give the dough a business letter turn, brushing off any excess flour, and again press down or roll it out into a rectangle. Rotate it 90 degrees so that the closed side is facing to your left. Give it a second business letter turn and round the corners. Dust it lightly on all sides with flour. Wrap it loosely but securely in plastic wrap and then place it in a large zip-seal bag. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days to allow the dough to ripen (develop flavor) and firm.
  7. Shape the dough and let it rise. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and gently press it down to deflate it. Cut the dough into 16 pieces. Without a scale, the easiest way to divide the dough evenly is to lightly flour your hands and roll it into a long cylinder. Cut it in half, then continue cutting each piece in half until there are 16 pieces. Pinch off a little less than ¼ of each piece, for the top knot. Roll each larger piece of dough into a ball and press it into a prepared brioche mold. With lightly floured hands, shape each of the dough pieces reserved for the topknots into an elongated pear form. Using your index finger, make a hole in the center of each brioche, going almost to the bottom of the mold, and insert the elongated parted of the topknot deeply into the hole. Cover the molds loosely with oiled plastic wrap and let rise until the edges of the dough reach the top of the molds, about 1 hour.
  8. Preheat the oven. Preheat the oven to 425, 1 hour before baking. Have an oven shelf at the lower level and place a baking stone or baking sheet on it before preheating.
  9. Glaze and bake the brioche. Lightly beat together the egg yolk and the 1 teaspoon cream for the glaze. Brush the top of the brioche with the egg glaze, being careful not to drip any on the side of the pans, or it will impede rising. Allow to dry to 5 minutes and then brush a second time with the glaze. Use greased scissors or a small sharp knoif to make a ¼ inch deep cuts all around the base of the topknot so it will rise to an attractive shape. Set the molds on a baking sheet and place them on the hot stone or hot baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted under a topknot comes out clean (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center will read about 190).
  10. Cool the brioche. Remove the brioche from the oven and unmold them onto a wire rack. Turn top side up and allow them to cool until barely warm.
Note: The small brioche can be reheated in a 350 oven for 5 minutes.

For the strawberry butter

1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature

1 cup good-quality strawberry preserves
  1. Place the butter in the work bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high until light and fluffy. Add the preserves and beat until well combined.
  2. To serve, spoon or pipe the flavored butter into 2-tablespoon ramekins or onto side plates. 
Note: Keep refrigerated in an airtight container. This spread will last for two to three days.

22 April 2011

Bananas Foster Bread

3 cups all purpose flour 1 ¼ tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 medium ripe bananas, peeled
8 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for the pans
1 ¼ cups dark muscovado sugar
¼ cup plus 1 ½ tablespoons dark rum
2 large eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 375, butter a 9X5 in loaf pan, set aside
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Cut the bananas and butter into approximately ½ inch pieces. Place the bananas, butter, and sugar in a pot set over medium heat and bring to a slow simmer. Cook the mixture until the butter is fully melted and the bananas are falling apart. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Pour the banana mixture into a blender, add the run and the eggs, and puree until smooth. Quickly pour the banana base into the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to quickly mix the wet and dry ingredients together until they form a homogeneous batter. Do not over mix. Pour into the prepared loaf pan. Use an off-set spatula to gently smooth the top and then run a finger around the edge of the pan, creating a slight indention in the batter, to facilitate even rising.
  5. Place the pan on the center rack of the oven and bake for 50 minutes. When the bread is done, they will feel firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the center should come out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan and return to the rack to cool completely.

21 April 2011

Butterscotch Brownies with Brown Sugar Icing

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups firmly packed golden brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups chopped pecans, toasted

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups firmly packed golden brown sugar
4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. To make the brownies: preheat the oven to 350. Line a half sheet (13X18 inch) pan with aluminum foil and grease with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the 1 cup butter and the 3 cups brown sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and continue beating for another minute.
  3. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture on low speed until incorporated. Stir in the pecans.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake until the bars are set and slightly puffed, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely before icing.

  1. To make the icing: In a saucepan set over medium heat, melt the 1 cup butter and 2 cups brown sugar. Once the mixture is lightly bubbling, decrease the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally for 2 more minutes; set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the powdered sugar, half and half, and vanilla on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the melted butter mixture and beat until combined.
  3. Pour over the cooled brownies and spread evenly. Let the brownies sit for about 30 minutes to allow the icing to firm up before cutting into about 30 squares.
Left uncut in the pan, the bars will keep at room temperature, covered, for up to 3 days. Cut them the day you will serve them.

20 April 2011

Chocolate Chewies

3 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 large egg whites
1 cup chopped pecans 
  1. preheat the oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. in a large mixing bowl, blend the sugar, cocoa, and flour with an electric mixer on low speed. beat in the egg whites, one at a time, and then beat at high speed for 1 minute. use a spatula to fold in the nuts.
  3. drop the dough by tablespoon, 2 inches apart, onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  4. bake for 15 minutes. remove from the oven and let cook on the paper.

19 April 2011

Coconut Biscotti

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. coconut extract
1 cup flaked coconut
3 oz. dark or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugar, eggs, vanilla and coconut extracts. Beat on medium-low speed until thick and smooth, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the flaked coconut with a spatula.
  3. Turn the dough out onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. Divide into two equal segments and form each into a log 1-inch deep, and approximately 4 inches wide. (Be sure to leave room between the logs as they will spread during baking.)
  4. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack. Using a serrated knife, cut the logs diagonally into 14-20 slices, depending on thickness. Lay the slices on their sides and bake for 10 minutes. Flip the slices over and bake for 10 minutes more.
  5. Place the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. Drizzle over the biscotti and allow to cool until the chocolate is set.

18 April 2011

Apple Cheddar Cake

3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. table salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
6 Tbs. milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 large tart apple, such as a Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan and dust with flour. Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice as necessary. With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  3. Turn the mixer to low speed and add 1/2 of the flour mixture. Stir in the milk. Stir in the remaining flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the cheddar cheese and apple.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, invert it onto a wire rack, and then turn it right side up on a rack to cool completely.
  5. Store uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 2 days.

17 April 2011

Savory Breakfast Rolls

3/4 Cups warm water
3/4 Tablespoon yeast (3/4 packets)
2 Teaspoons salt
4 eggs, beaten
1/4 Cup honey
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
3 3/4 Cups all-purpose flour
  1. Combine every ingredient except flour and mix well. Then mix in the flour.
  2. The dough will be very moist – gooey even. Let this dough sit and rise at room temperature for 2 hours and then into the fridge for at least a few hours, but ideally overnight. You will not be able to use this dough unless it is cold.
1 pound ground pork

½ chopped onion

Chopped fresh sage

Salt and pepper

Store-bought pesto

Shredded cheese

  1. The morning of you are going to need to make the pork filling. Heat the pork and the onion in a medium pan until the pork is cooked through and the onions are soft. Add in the sage and season with salt and pepper. let the mixture cool in the pan, but do not wash it, we are going to use the drippings for gravy.
  2. Take your dough out of the fridge and on a well-floured surface roll it into a long rectangle, about 20 inches by 16 inches.
  3. Then layer on your toppings. Put down your pesto, then your ground pork mixture, and finally your cheese.
  4. Rolling this thing is a bit of a trick. Roll it from left to right or right to left, whatever is easiest for you. If your dough is sticking to the table, go slowly, and use a dough scraper or butter knife to release the dough from the table. A bit tricky. Go slow. Patience is a virtue.
  5. Eventually, you will end up, hopefully, with a tube of rolled awesomeness. Cut this with a serrated knife into eight even sections.
  6. Turn these guys upright in a buttered dish and let them rise for about an hour. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 375.
  7. These guys need to bake for a long time. About an hour. I baked mine for 45 minutes and the outer buns were done, but the interior ones were still a bit soggy in the middle.

  1. While those are cooking, let’s talk gravy. You should have a decent amount of fat left over from the pork and probably even some leftover ground pork. Get all of that in your pan and put it on medium heat. One tablespoon at a time you want to add flour in an equal proportion of fat.
  2. It doesn’t have to be exact. I guessed that I had about 5 Tablespoons of fat from the pork, so I added 5 Tablespoons flour. Stir this together and the flour will start to cook slowly and brown. This, my friends, is a roux.
  3. After about 5 minutes, you will end up with a dark roux.
  4. Then, very slowly, whisk in about 2 cups of milk. There will be steam. Whisk furiously. Try to whisk out any clumps that form. I added about 1/4 of a cup at a time and eventually ended up with this lovely, creamy gravy. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. After an hour, pull out those buns. They will look like, well, breakfast perfection
  6. Serve up one of these and ladle plenty of gravy over the top.

16 April 2011

Sweet Potato Biscuits with Sweet Mustard and Ham

sweet mustard
deli ham
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tablespoons baking soda
½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes (about 2 or 3)
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup buttermilk
¼ cup (1/2 stick butter), melted
cinnamon-sugar, to taste
  1. sift the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and lemon zest into a bowl, cut in 1 cup butter until crumbly.
  2. mix the sweet potatoes and brown sugar in a bowl, stir in the buttermilk. add the flour mixture and mix with your hands to form a sticky dough.
  3. chill the dough for 1 hour.
  4. preheat the oven to 425. place the dough on a floured work surface and knead two to three times. roll the dough ¼ inch thick. cut into circles using a biscuit cutter.
  5. place 1 ½ inches apart on a non-stick baking sheet. prick the top of each biscuit with a fork. bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. remove from the oven and brush the tops of the biscuits with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
  7. allow the biscuits to cool and then slice and make into a sandwich using the deli ham and the mustard.

15 April 2011

Brunch Loaf

4 cups cubed day-old french bread
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
10 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 quart milk
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 to 10 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
½ cup sliced mushrooms
½ cup chopped tomatoes
  1. generously grease a 9X13 inch baking pan. put the bread on the bottom and sprinkle with the cheese.
  2. in a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk mustard, salt, onion powder, and cayenne and pour over the cheese. sprinkle with the bacon, mushrooms, and tomatoes. cover the pan and chill overnight.
  3. preheat the oven to 375. uncover the pan and bake for about 1 hour, or until the mixture sets. after the first 30 minutes, check the top to make sure it’s not browning too quickly. if it is, tent the pan with foil. cut into squares and serve hot.

14 April 2011

Tomato-Asiago Scones

½ cup pine nuts 3 cloves roasted garlic, mashed ½ cup firmly packed smoked tomatoes or sundried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ tablespoons salt 1 to 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces 1 cup grated asiago cheese (grated with the large holes) 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions (white part only) ½ cup heavy whipping cream ¾ cup buttermilk

  1. preheat the oven to 400. arrange the pine nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake until golden, about 5 minutes (keep checking, they burn easily); set aside.

  2. in a bowl, stir together the tomatoes and the roasted garlic, making sure the garlic breaks up and is evenly distributed.

  3. in a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and pepper. gradually cut in the butter with a pastry blender or 2 forks until the mixture resembles small peas. stir in the tomato-garlic mixture, pine nuts, grated cheese, green onions, cream, and buttermilk. using your hands, mix all the ingredients until they are incorporated.

  4. transfer the dough into a small scone pan (should make about 25 small scones) and bake in the preheated oven until the scones are golden, about 15 minutes.

13 April 2011


4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter 1 small to medium yellow onion, finely diced (¾ cup)
¾ cup finely diced bell peppers (preferably a mixture of green and red)
4 (6-inch) corn tortillas cut into long, narrow strips (1 cup)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 large eggs, beaten
1 ½ cups shredded monterey jack or pepper jack cheese
½ cup sour cream
½ cup salsa
½ cup thinly sliced scallions (white and green parts, about 6)
  1. place a large (12 to 14 inch), nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat for several minutes. add the butter, onions, and peppers, and sauté, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes or until softened. add the tortillas and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to get slightly golden and the onions begin to caramelize, 3 to 5 minutes more. season with salt and pepper.
  2. pour the eggs into the onion-tortilla mixture and cook, stirring occasionally with a heatproof rubber spatula, until the eggs are almost fully cooked but still a little wet (though not liquidy).
  3. add the cheese and stir to combine and finish cooking the eggs (don’t add the cheese too soon or it will make the eggs runny).
  4. slide into a casserole and garnish with the sliced scallions. serve with the sour cream and salsa.

12 April 2011

Poppy Seed Bread

2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
1 ¼ cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup evaporated milk
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ cup poppy seeds
  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan
  3. in a large bowl, sift together the flour, the baking powder, and the salt. set aside
  4. in a large bowl, mix the oil and the sugar. Add the eggs one at a time , beating after each addition. add the evaporated milk, the milk, and the vanilla. add the dry ingredients and mix well. stir in the poppy seeds
  5. pour the batter into the prepared tube pan. bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of bread comes out with moist crumbs attached. let cool for 20 minutes before serving.

11 April 2011

Individual Baked Omelets

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium russet potato, peeled and cut into ½ inch dice
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon salt
½ red bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces
1 fresh tomato, seeded and finely chopped
6 large eggs
½ cup heavy whipping cream
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
dash of tabasco
  1. preheat the oven to 350. line 12 muffin cups with paper liners and generously butter the liners.
  2. melt the butter in a medium skillet set over medium heat. add the potato, onion, and ½ teaspoon of the salt; sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. add the red pepper and sauté for 15 minutes longer, continuing to stir occasionally. cook until the potato is fully cooked, but not mushy. remove the vegetable mixture from the heat and stir in the bacon and tomato.
  3. whisk the eggs, cream, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, the pepper, and the tabasco together in a large bowl. Stir in the vegetable mixture.
  4. pour the mixture evenly into the muffin cups (the egg mixture may almost reach the top, which is ok.)
  5. bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. lightly shake the pan; if the omelets look or feel runny in the middle, bake for 5 minutes longer, until firm. serve warm.

10 April 2011

orange potato rolls

Yield: 24 large rolls

2 medium russet potatoes
1 ounce active dry yeast (4 packets)
3/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons salt
9 cups unbleached flour

4 cups pecans
4 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  1. To make the rolls: Fill a large saucepan three-quarters full with water and set on high heat to boil. Peel and quarter the potatoes. Add the potatoes to the water and bring to a second boil. Decrease the heat to medium until the potatoes are simmering. Cook the potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the potatoes, reserving 3 cups of the cooking water. Set the potato water aside to cool, until it registers 110° to 115°F on a candy thermometer.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the potatoes—you will have 1½ to 2 cups worth—by hand or using a mixer on medium speed.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the reserved cooled potato water, yeast, and the 1 teaspoon of sugar. Stir until the yeast has dissolved. Let the mixture rest until foamy, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk together the potatoes, I cup sugar, melted butter, eggs, salt, and yeast–potato water. Add the flour in 3-cup increments and stir with a spoon until the flour is incorporated. Place the dough in a large greased bowl. Cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place until the dough doubles in size, about 1 to 1½ hours.
  4. Leaving the dough in the bowl, punch it down until it deflates (1 or 2 punches with your fist will do). Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. At this point the dough can be refrigerated until the next day.
  5. To make the filling: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the pecans on a baking sheet in a single layer and toast them in the oven for 7 to 9 minutes, until golden brown and aromatic. Coarsely chop the pecans.
  6. Combine the sugar and 2 tablespoons orange zest in a medium bowl.
  7. Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it in half. On a clean, floured surface, roll each half into a G-inch-thick rectangle. Spread each rectangle with half of the melted butter. Cover each buttered rectangle with half of the brown sugar mixture. Sprinkle the dough with an even layer of pecans.
  8. Generously grease two 9 by 13-inch disposable pans with butter. Carefully roll up each rectangle, starting on 1 long side of the dough. Using a very sharp serrated knife, cut each roll crosswise in 2-inch slices. Place the slices, cut side down, in the pans, spacing the rolls about 1 inch apart so they have room to expand. Make sure the end flap of each roll is set snugly against a side of the pan, so it does not unravel while rising. Put 8 rolls in each pan. (At this point the rolls can be tightly covered in a layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil and frozen up to 3 weeks. Defrost the rolls in the refrigerator overnight or for 1 hour at room temperature and continue following the directions from this point.) Set the rolls in a warm, draft-free place and let them rise until they get puffy, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  9. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, or until light brown.
  10. To make the icing: Combine the powdered sugar, orange juice, and orange zest in a medium bowl. Spread the icing on top of the rolls while they are still warm. Serve warm or at room temperature.

09 April 2011

tax season breakfast 2011

well, it's that time of year again, when I cook breakfast and afternoon treats for all of my hubby's office. here is what I made (I will share the recipes with you in the next few posts, but no pics because I forgot to take any):


  • orange potato rolls

  • individual baked omelets

  • poppy seed bread

  • migas

  • tomato asiago scones

  • brunch loaf

  • sweet potato biscuits with mustard and ham

  • savory breakfast rolls

    • afternoon treats:

    • apple cheddar cake

    • white chocolate margarita cakes

    • coconut biscotti

    • chocolate chewies

    • butterscotch brownies with brown sugar icing

    • bananas foster bread

    • brioche with strawberry butter