In My Kitchen February 2017

Ok, totally failed on my New Years resolution to get back to blogging regularly. It is just so busy with work and other commitments that I just have nothing left.  I am determine to get the IMK post up this month!

Here are a few things that have been in my kitchen this month.

Salmon in white wine and dill sauce, delicious 

My favourite cheese, soft creamy and so good. Wonderful served with dried figs. It is a Quebec cheese and I like supporting Canadian and local producers.

It was my Mom’s birthday and we had this chocolate raspberry cake.

Evie made a lego hotdog truck


A bottle of wine

We have been eating lots of these Sweeties, a grapefruit & pomelo cross. They are very sweet and juicy.

Evie made me this coaster for my morning coffee.
We are joining Liz at www.bizzylizzysgoodthings for the IMK link up. If you would like to join post before February 10th, link back to her site and let her know you have posted.

Cinnamon Rolls and Weaving

We have been trying to update our blog for weeks, but it has been very busy with March Break, Easter and birthday parties.

Evie has been requesting that we make cinnamon rolls for about three weeks now, but since they take hours of rising time we haven’t been able.  Finally today we found the time, somewhat unexpectedly and made the rolls. 

Here are the ingredients for the dough.

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3 eggs; ¾ cup buttermilk, warmed; 6 tbsp melted butter, cooled to just warm; 4 cups flour; ¼ cup sugar; 1 envelope yeast; 1¼ tsp salt

This is for the cinnamon mixture for the rolls.

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¾ cup brown sugar; 2 tsp cinnamon; ¼ tsp cloves; 1 tbsp melted butter

Evie is my whisker, and she loves to whisk the eggs and wet ingredients in recipes. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk and butter.Image

In a large bowl, of stand mixer, mix flour, sugar, yeast and salt.  Then add the wet mixture and mix for about a minute until the dough comes together, Then mix on medium for 8-10 minutes until dough is elastic and leaves the side of the bowl, but is still a little sticky.

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Knead the dough on the counter a few times to get a smooth ball, then turn it into a lightly greased bowl and cover with a tea towel and small blanket.  Let rise in a warm place for about 2 hours, should double in size. 

While the dough is rising, in a small bowl mix brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves.  Set aside.

When 2 hours is up put dough on counter and press out into a 12×16 inch rectangle. 

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Brush with 1 tbsp of melted butter. 

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Sprinkle the rectangle with the sugar mixture.

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Roll the dough along the long end and even out to about an 18 inch log.  Slice the dough into 12 even pieces.  Place cut side down in a well greased 9×13 inch metal pan.

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Cover again and let rise to double in size another 1 to 1 ½ hours. 

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Bake in 350F oven for 20-25 minutes, until well risen, puffy and light brown. Image

Turn out onto a wire rack and let cool for about 5 minutes.

While the rolls are cooling mix 3 tbsp each of soft cream cheese, milk and 1 and ¼ cups of icing sugar.  Place this in a zip top bag and snip a small piece off the corner and squeeze over warm rolls.  They were very good! Image

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Very proud moment, can’t wait to eat it!

In the meantime, while the dough was rising Evie wanted to go weaving on her loom and has been asking to learn to crochet.  She just weaved by herself all afternoon, off and on between playing with other things. 

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When she finished her square, she got to learn how to crochet!

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All done, a little “potholder”! 

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That is going to be a pad for Mell’s orange teapot that we gave her.  That was her plan and she chose those colours to match it.  She has already started her next one and can’t wait to crochet again.