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Cinnamon Buns & Vanilla Glaze Recipe!

We recently started making our own bread and it seemed to really catch on. We follow my Nan’s 2 hour bread recipe and we usually make loaves of bread, buns and dinner rolls but we decided to switch it up and try something new– Cinnamon Buns!

These delicious cinnamon buns start off the exact same way as our 2 Hour Bread. Here’s a quick recap of what the first few steps should look like:

First you just add warm water into a small bowl and stir in sugar until dissolved, then sprinkle yeast on top. Stir and leave for 10 minutes to rise and it should look something like this.

Once you have all of your wet ingredients worked in you start adding flour, two cups at a time. This is the part that can take a little practice- once you’re familiar with how the dough should feel you can use your judgement and add more flour as you need it. As a rule, this recipe takes between 7 and 8 cups of flour.

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Your ball of dough should be nice and smooth without any sticky spots. This is the part where you may need to add a little extra flour, just to ensure it’s well covered and not gooey.

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Make sure you keep the top of your dough ball oiled so it does not dry out while it’s rising for an hour. Each time you punch your dough back down make sure the top is moist with oil.

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Then I took some dough and rolled it out into a 17 x 10 square and spread a 1/4 cup of butter onto the dough.

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Next, I sprinkled a 1/2 cup of brown sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon onto it, then rolled it up.

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Then I sliced the roll and put them into a greased 9 x 9 pan and let them rise for about 10 minutes or until they are nice and puffy like the ones in the picture above.

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Lastly, I baked them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and they came out of the oven looking like this!

Almost done…but you can’t forget the delicious vanilla glaze that you must slather your cinnamon buns in!

While they were baking I made a vanilla glaze with  1/2 cup of icing sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla and 2 to 3 tsp milk. Spread that over them when they come out of the oven and they are absolutely scrumptious!

Cinnamon Buns

This cinnamon bun recipe is perfect for a day that you’re already whipping up a batch of bread. You can divide it up and have dinner rolls to go with supper and a pan of delicious cinnamon buns for dessert!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Macaroons

Hello everyone, today is a snow day for us here in Fredericton. The whole city is pretty much shut down which means no work for me today! So far my day has consisted of cozy pajamas, french toast and coffee. Sounds awful doesn’t it? ;) I decided to revamp one of my old faithful recipes, so here goes!

Peanut Butter Macaroons

I’ve posted an original macaroon recipe, but I thought I’d also share this macaroon recipe with a twist. The only thing that goes better with chocolate than milk is peanut butter! Total no-brainer :)

Peanut Butter Macaroons

I think this was the first recipe I learned to make when I was a kid. My friend and I used to mix them up and just eat them straight from the bowl while they were still warm! If only things were still that simple– I have a feeling it wouldn’t be as socially acceptable for me to do that now! At least not while anyone’s looking ;)

Peanut Butter Macaroons

Chocolate Peanut Butter Macaroons

Ingredients:

2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup coconut
3 cups oatmeal

Directions: 

1. Combine the first four ingredients: sugar, butter, milk and cocoa in a sauce pan and boil for 3 minutes

TIP: For extra moist chocolate macaroons, set your timer and let this mixture lightly simmer then immediately remove from heat. Do not over boil. 

2. Add peanut butter and stir until melted

3. Slowly add coconut and oatmeal until well mixed

4. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let stand until set

Guess what guys? That’s IT! Doesn’t get much easier than that! This is the perfect go-to recipe when you’re in need of sweet treat and you don’t have time to waste :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick and easy little recipe, and remember, if you’re not a fan of peanut butter then you can just skip that step and voila you’ve got delicious chocolate macaroons!

Happy Snow Day to all my friends who are snowed in today! xo

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Spinach Dip Recipe

With Christmas just around the corner, we are in the cooking spirit these days. We have been thinking about making this spinach dip for the longest time but have never committed to actually picking up the ingredients and trying it out. I’m not sure about you, but spinach dip is my favourite appetizer when I’m at a restaurant. Last summer when we were on vacation my friends ordered it and I’ve basically been obsessed ever since. Let’s be honest, how can you go wrong with cream cheese, sour cream, cheese and garlic? Ya just can’t. It’s impossible.

Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Philadelphia cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (1/2 cup reserved)
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach defrosted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

Spinach Dip

 Tip:

Squeeze the water out of the spinach before you add it to the cheese

Spinach Dip

 Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium mixing bowl or in mixer, combine all ingredients
  3. Transfer to a small casserole dish, sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden

Spinach Dip

                                         The end result should look something like this

Serve with warm tortilla chips, pita bread or crackers. I was recently at a restaurant that served Spinach Dip Nachos. I was so tempted to try them! They basically just put the mixture on the tortillas and put the cheese on top and baked it all at once. I think it all sounds wonderfully delicious!

This spinach dip recipe is a great holiday dish for so many reasons! Not only is it completely delicious but it’s not a dish that my relatives/friends bring along to holiday gatherings. It’s so simple to make, with just four ingredients that you most likely have kicking around the kitchen. I love recipes that I can whip up without having to make a special trip to grocery store!

Happy Holidays, Friends! 

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