Sunday, April 24, 2011

I like these buns and I can not lie :p

This morning I was craving something sweet,yummy,delicious and sweet :) haha.Plus my little munchkin wanted to eat Cinnamon rolls...I thought about getting the refrigerated rolls and baking them for him,I even stopped at the grocery store when I went running this morning.I saw Pillsbury reduced fat cinnamon rolls...I just couldn't make myself buy it...I wanted to go errr run home and try my luck at making some good Cinnamon rolls.I wanted to see if I can make them low fat,low calorie and still delicious.So I did :)
I didn't take any pictures of the beginning stage of the dough making, honestly cause I was skeptical,haha... I didn't want to waste time on taking pictures and then be dis hearted if these didn't turn out right.Little did I know :)
So, I took... about 8oz of fat free half n half
8 oz of skimmed milk.
2 tablespoons of honey
put it in a measuring cup and microwave for 2:30mins... it should be bubbling. take it out of the microwave,let it sit.
Get your Kitchen Aid mixer ready and add
2 1/2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour.
1 tsp of yeast and stir to combine.
check if the milk and honey is warm.Add that to your flour mixture. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and knead the dough for about 5 minutes.Add a tiny bit more flour if the dough is too sticky.
Once you have a nice smooth ball of dough.Grease it with a few drops of olive oil,cover it and let it rest in a warm place.This was the time I was praying for them to rise :) hoping it all works its magic and I wont have to give in for some store bought refrigerated rolls :/
An hour later, I went to check in on my beloved dough...VIOLA!!! it was doing its thang! * happy dance*
That's when I thought I should take a picture...but I was rushing to get this dough thing going so I wont have to wait any longer to eat yummy rolls :)
Then, you take... about 1/2 cup of WW flour, add about 1/2 tsp of baking soda,
1 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt. Add that to your dough and knead it again.It may need a splash of milk.Keep kneading this for a few more minutes,about 5 ,I'd say... It will be a nice smooth dough.very soft.
Take it out on the counter top or your rolling surface,dust the surface with flour, start rolling your dough.( I was still doubtful this will turn out any good,shame on me)
Roll it in a rectangle shape about 1/2" thick.
Then drizzle some olive oil on the rolled out dough.You can use smart balance spread too.Then drizzle some honey and spread it all over the surface.mmmm
Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on this sticky surface and start rolling the log towards you.Roll it tightly.(Me,still doubtful,tch tch)
Cut this log into about an inch thick sections with a serrated knife and set them on a glass baking dish,remember to spray the dish's inside with PAM so your rolls wont stick to it.
Once you've set these in the baking dish.Cover the dish with seran wrap or a towel and let it sit for another 30 minutes or even an hour in a warm place. ( PRAY) haha.
One look before they are left to rise...
they look "normal" to me :) but I am still doubtful...(shaking my head)
An hour later...I went back to look at them...oooh they were big and fluffy...thats when I KNEW these are going to be a success.

Preheat your oven to 400'F and set the rack in the middle.Once your oven preheats, wait about 10 minutes and then send these buns to bakeville ;) Set the timer for 16 minutes.
8 minutes later....mmmm I couldn't resist peeking in the oven :)

Once the timer beeped...I took the dish out of the oven...and 2 seconds later, one was missing :)
't wasn't me :)
I still was doubtful... so I took a closer look at the "crumb" mmmm fluffy,moist and soft! (Now I am proud and happy)

I didn't tell you :) but I sneaked in some raisins when I was sprinkling the cinnamon ;) they were delicious.Between me and my munchkin,3 cinnamon rolls were gone within 2 minutes,Yes they are THAT light and yummy.No frosting needed, ok maybe a drizzle of honey ,that's it!

Now I sit down with my moist and yummy friends and my black coffee for a movie watching marathon as the storm rolls in our area.I know I am comfy and cozy with these delicious,cinnamony goodies! try them!!!
I ended up eating 3 of these, o.O I will be running these off soon,don't worry ;)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cabbage fever- hash greens ;)

This dish is a result of total foolishness...an example of what happens when you don't check your refrigerator before grocery shopping...you end up with 4 heads of Cabbage! 4 CABBAGES!!! and they do take up a lot of space in your fridge.
I think I got a little too happy with these farm fresh spheres.And picked up 2 cabbages each time I went to Sprouts.Now that they are here,I had to do something with them.Maani and I are not big cheese or butter fans... and he doesn't like anything that is savory and creamy,so a casserole was out of question.I am more of a snack person,baked,can be eaten with a fork with loads of my homemade Chipotle ketchup..YUM! So,I came up with the idea of making hash browns with cabbage.Waaiz corrected me and said, it should be hash "greens" so hash greens it is!
They are DELICIOUS!!! you almost feel like you are eating a cheat meal.
Here is what you do.
Chop the cabbage put it in a nice big bowl...sprinkle 1/4 tsp of salt on it and microwave it for 4 minutes or you can steam it over a double boiler...but who wants to wash loads of pots and pans,right!
Once the cabbage is out of the microwave...let it sit for a few minutes,until it is warm and safe to handle.Take a kitchen towel and spread it on a chopping board.Dump all the cabbage on it.Our goal is to take it to the sink and wring and squeeze all the water out of the cabbage.Ya,that takes some muscle strength :)
After you are done squeezing the water out,dump it back into that nice big bowl.This is what it should look like.

Chop some parsley,onions,celery and jalapeno.

Add that to the cabbage, sprinkle some more salt,black pepper (1/2 tsp) and white pepper (1/2 tsp) and any other spices and herbs you like.
Add 2 eggs and 2 egg whites or you can just add 4 eggs.Mix everything together really well.
I made the hash greens on my George Foreman grill but you can use a skillet or bake these in your oven on a cookie sheet at 450'F.I just find it easier to work on my GF grill.Set the temperature at 400'F and when it gets hot spray some PAM.
Now take the cabbage mixture and make it into a nice big ball with your palms,flatten it a bit and carefully put it on the grill.Now you will need a nice wide spatula to flatten your cabbage hash green even more.Let it cook on this side for 3 - 4 minutes.
BE PATIENT! Do not try to turn or play with these...ask me how I know :)
After 4 minutes,spray the tops of these hash greens with PAM and then...

...flip! YUM!
Let these guys cook for another 3-4 minutes.
And viola! you have a nice delicious Cabbage hash green :D ENJOY!
Don't forget to tell me how you like these.