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Perfect Cinnamon Rolls

“Cinnamon bites and kisses simultaneously” ~Vanna Bonta

Ever want a cinnamon roll NOW? Not in three hours, not tomorrow.. but almost immediately, and preferably hot! These yeast free cinnamon rolls melt in your mouth and they are ready in less than an hour. I dislike the taste of baking soda in most baked goods, and I hate the wait time for yeast doughs. These rolls are made with baking powder instead. If you prefer a firmer dough, add an egg.

Ingredients for dough:

2 cups flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp butter

3/4 cup milk

1 egg (optional)

Ingredients for Cinnamon mix:

4 tbsp butter

1 cup brown sugar

3 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients for the dough in one bowl and stir. No need to separate wet and dry. When ingredients are combined, knead dough for a minute or two to get the right texture and roll it out on a very lightly floured surface until it is approximately a half inch thick.

Combine all ingredients for cinnamon mix in another smaller bowl and mix very throughly. Spread half of this mixture in the bottom of  the pan you will be using, and spread the other half on the dough.

Roll up the dough and slice into half inch to one inch slices to make the cinnamon rolls, placing each one in the pan on top of the cinnamon mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes or until done. When cooking is completed, remove the cinnamon buns from the pan immediately. Serve hot or cooled.

“I like cinnamon rolls, but I don’t always have time to make a pan. That’s why I wish they would sell cinnamon roll incense. After all I’d rather light a stick and have my roommate wake up with false hopes.” ~Mitch Hedberg

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Awesome Banana Bread

“C is for cookie. That’s good enough for me.” ~Cookie Monster

There are a couple of tricks to banana bread. One is not to over-stir the batter. Mix it until the ingredients are roughly combined but not quite uniform. We are going for a chunky batter here, not a fine paste. Another is to place the oven rack higher up in the oven so that the middle cooks before the bottom gets overcooked. These two tips will help you to turn out a nice moist banana bread, but the real trick to Awesome Banana Bread is the secret ingredient.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp butter

3/4 cup sugar

3 overripe bananas (size determines how much flour)

2 tbsp molasses

2 eggs

1-2 cups of flour (usually one and a half or so)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

Secret Ingredient: 1/2 cup of peanut butter

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter, sugar and peanut butter, and mix in the bananas, molasses and eggs until smooth.

Mix together the flour, baking powder and baking soda and add to wet ingredients. This will form a thick sticky batter.

Stir until contents are mixed but a little rough and pour into a greased loaf pan.

Bake for one hour or until done. Test by inserting a toothpick. When it comes out clean, it’s cooked.

Let pan cool for five minutes and then remove the loaf. Set it on a cooling rack or cutting board. Guard it with your life for another fifteen minutes or so. (use mace, cattle prod, cast iron frying pan to keep kids, husbands, wives and other miscellaneous house guests away)

Serve warm or cool.

 “Baking is like washing–the results are equally temporary.” ~Patricia Briggs, Raven’s Shadow

 

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