Stephanie’s Cinnamon Rolls

November 11, 2009 at 9:36 am | Posted in breakfast | 4 Comments
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I don’t know who Stephanie is, but I know that she is an amazing baker.  Stephanie, (hello Sue’s friend in Michigan!), thank you for sharing your recipe with California.  These have graced my Christmas morning table, began quiet Saturday’s at home, and delivered each and every time.

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But I must admit, the kneading and rising time of the original recipe (below)…well, let’s just say I wanted an easier way, so I turned to my faithful bread maker (circa my 1997 wedding).  The results are amazing!

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Stephanie’s Cinnamon Rolls (bread maker adaptation)

  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 pkg yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup crisco
  • 4 cups flour (divided)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cinnamon sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature

Mix water, yeast, sugar and salt in a small bowl, set aside.  In your bread maker, mix egg, crisco and 2 cups of the flour.  Add the water mixture to the bread maker.  Then add 1 more cup of flour.

Turn your bread maker on the dough setting and let it mix for 1 minute.  Add 1/2 cup of flour as it is mixing.  After another minute, add the last 1/2 cup of flour (make sure your flour is all in before your bread maker gets to the kneeding stage, for mine it’s minute 6).  Now just leave it alone until it has risen, 1 1/2 hours in total.

Once the dough is ready, turn out onto a lightly dusted smooth surface and shape into a 5″ x 18 ” rectangle.  Spread with butter.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Roll lengthwise.  Pinch the seam so it stays closed.  Slice into 12 equal pieces.  Place spirals into a greased 9 x 13 pan.  (Don’t worry if they look whimpy at this point, they raise again in the oven while baking).

Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.  Cool slightly before frosting.

Sour Cream Frosting

  • 1/3 cup room temperature butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix and spread on warm cinnamon rolls.  Enjoy!

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orange chocolate scones

February 8, 2008 at 1:44 am | Posted in breakfast, Dessert | 13 Comments
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My friend Gretchen of Canela & Comino was the winner of the Homegrown Gourmet #4 – Stews! And now it’s her turn to host this event!

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Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I had lots of options available to me. And when my neighbor dropped off 5 pounds of oranges from her tree, I knew this would be my homegrown ingredient for these orange chocolate scones.

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Orange Chocolate Scones

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 6 T chilled unsalted butter
  • 1 T orange zest
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 T orange juice plus enough milk to make 1/3 cup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 t vanilla

Spray scone pan/cupcake pan with non-stick spray. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add butter in small bits and orange zest. With a pastry cutter, combine ingredients until a coarse meal forms.

In a seperate bowl mix egg yolk, orange juice, milk and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry and mix with a fork until a batter forms. Scoop batter into prepared scone pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  Makes 8.

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These scones are so light and buttery! I love the orange and chocolate combination. And made in a heart shaped pan they would be perfect for Valentine’s Day morning.

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