Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls




Oh, is it Thursday? What a coincidence, since we have Tilen posting today! So happy he's back. So, a week or so ago Tilen whipped up these absolutely delicious cinnamon rolls, and after the response on my Instagram he agreed to do a post on them. Let's see what he has to say ...

Hey guys! So today I'll be showing you how to make these awesome cinnamon rolls. I really liked them as a child and suddenly got a craving in the middle of the night, so I decided to make some. This was my first attempt, so I didn't really know if they were going to turn out good, but I think they came out great. Here is the recipe I used ...

Ingredients

200 g butter
500 ml milk
a packet of yeast
a pinch of salt
250 g sugar
1200 g regular white flour
cinnamon
1 egg

Instructions

Heat up 100 g of butter, add 150 g of sugar and milk. In a separate bowl, mix all of the flour with the yeast and salt and mix the two bowls. If it's too sticky, add more flour. Form a dough ball and let it rise for 45 minutes, until it's double the size. Heat your oven to 200°C. Then, roll out your dough in the shape of a rectangle, to about 0,5-1 cm thick. If you don't have a rolling pin, you can use a bottle, but remember to clean it well. Heat the rest of the butter and spread it on the dough, then sprinkle generously with cinnamon. Now comes the hard part - creating a roll. Just take one end of the dough and start rolling it towards the other end carefully. If it sticks to the surface, sprinkle with flour. If the filling starts pouring out, use a baker's brush to spread it evenly. Roll it into a Swiss roll. Then, take a knife and cut circular discs which are about 3 cm thick. Place them on a buttered tray with enough space in between - they will rise some more. Whisk a whole egg and brush it on the rolls. You can also add a sprinling of granulated sugar. Bake for about 10 minutes and keep an eye on them so they don't burn.

This makes about 20 cinnamon rolls. You can also make a topping, but that is up to you. I'm really with how they turned out, I thought it would be more difficult and that they might end up being dry, but they were fluffy and delicious.

I was surprised this got so much attention when we posted it on Instagram - I really hope some of you try this recipe. Let me know if you want me to try making something else. So, until next time!

What is your favourite pastry or way to use cinnamon? Let me know in the comments.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Stuffed Pepper Soup



Presenting, my favourite soup recipe. And I love me some soup, so you know it's a good one. This gem was found on Skinnytaste, and I've made it so many times I can now do it without a recipe! This dish is incredibly flavourful, easy to make and, best of all, skinny! Here is the recipe ...

Ingredients

1 package lean ground beef
2 cups rice
3 bell peppers
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 cans tomatoes
1 broth cube
pinch of marjoram
salt, pepper

Instructions

I start by chopping the peppers and onion. Over medium high heat, I brown the meat until it's done (about 10 minutes). I add the peppers, onions and garlic. If you don't have garlic, I love using garlic powder. It adds an amazing taste. Cook for another 5-8 minutes. In the meantime, put a large pot on medium heat and add about 6 cups of water, the cube and tomatoes. While that heats up, prepare the rice according to instructions. When the meat and vegetables are done, pour them into the soup. Heat this up for about 45 minutes, simmer on low heat. When it is done, place in cups and add rice on top. Do not mix together, because the rice will absorb all of the liquid!

There you go - an amazing soup recipe by Gina at Skinnytaste (definitely check out her blog, it's one of my favourites). I love this soup and it works in any season since the ingredients are always on hand! Let me know if you try it.

What is your favourite soup recipe?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fruit Crumble Recipe


This is my favourite dessert in the summer and I just love making it. Why do I love it so much? Summer is the season of fresh fruit, and this dessert works with basically any fruit you want to use. I've done it with rhubarb, nectarines, apples, pears, raspberries, blueberries, raspberries ... I don't think I need to go on. A fruit crumble is super easy to make and tastes delicious. Let's see how to make one.


Let's start by setting the oven to about 180°C. Then, prepare the fruit. I used a mix of fresh and frozen here. We have about a cup of frozen strawberries, two fresh nectarines and an apple. You can also use canned fruit, but I think fresh works best! Get a ceramic dish (you can use any heatproof dish as long as its semi-deep) and wash and slice your fruit, then cover the bottom of the dish with it. Add some sugar, can be brown or white. The amount depends on how sweet you like your desserts. I like to add half a cup. Then, add the juice of one lemon and mix well. I also add plenty of cinnamon and about a tablespoon of cornstarch. Let this sit while you prepare the topping.


The most important thing about a crumble topping: you need cold butter. I would say this is the key ingredient along with the fruit. I've also made a crumble with sunflower oil, but it's really not the same! So, mix a cup of flour (you can use whole wheat, I used plain white) with half a cup of sugar. Add about a teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt. I also like adding some oats for flavour and crunchiness. I add about half a cup. Then, cut in about 75 g of butter. Don't warm it up! With your hands, knead the mixture until a crumbly texture forms.


Spread your topping evenly over the fruit. Gaze in wonder at it and refrain from eating the fruit. I know, it smells good. No, you mustn't dig in. It's raw flour, you goon! Pop it in the oven for about 30 minutes. It can take longer, but keep an eye on it ... When it gets browned on the top, it's done.


Not this brown, though. This is kinda slightly over baked. Didn't stop us from eating it though! Also, this totally demonstrates my cooking abilities, which are truly dysmal. 

Wait for the crumble to cool slightly. Or be like me, and don't. It's a messy dish, it won't come out perfect! Just place it on a plate, you can add ice cream if you'd like but I just eat it by itself. It. Is. Divine. I would love to hear from you if you try this recipe! It really is amazing. Bon appetit!

What is your favourite summer dessert?
Full recipe below the jump ...
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