Wednesday, 2 January 2008

January 2nd already!

Here it is the 2nd already of a new year. So how did I celebrate?
Did I stay up and ring in the year with the rest of the world?
Worked 12 hours on Monday waking at 5:30 so try as I did I managed to watch some Royal Canadian Air Farce Comedy before bedtime called at 10.
New Years Day we had my sister and her husband over for brunch and some euchre.
Great fun but Keith and I lost all games except one , I think they let us win!
For brunch I tried a new recipe.
Refrigerator Rolls turned into Sticky Buns and Raspberry Coffee cake.
The Sticky Buns turned out so well, as good as a favourite from Spicers Bakery.
Here is the recipe it is a combo from Recipezaar and Joy of Cooking.

Refrigerator Rolls
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 tsp. salt
2 pkgs dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 eggs, beaten
7 cups (more or less) bread flour
Melted butter
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water , set aside for 15 minutes.
In large bowl add hot water and shortening , stir till shortening is melted.
Add sugar and salt.Let cool til tepid.Add beaten eggs. Add 2 cups flour, mix well.
Add yeast mixture, stir and continue to add flour until a soft dough is formed.
Turn out on lightly floured board and knead til silky smooth about 5 minutes.
Generously oil large bowl and place dough in it turn to coat dough.
Cover with saran , refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours. When ready punch down .
Proceed with whatever you want to make. This makes great cloverleaf rolls, Swedish tea ring or cinnamon rolls.
For the Sticky Buns: Butter a 13 x 9 pan.
Bring to a boil 1 cup dark brown sugar,8 TBSP butter , 1/4 cup honey. Remove from heat and stir in 3/4 cup pecans, pour sauce into baking pan let cool.
Using half the dough recipe from above roll out a 16 x 12 rectangle.
Brush the dough with 1-2 Tbsps melted butter , 1/3 cup - 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2-3 tsps. cinnamon.
Starting from the long side roll up dough like a jelly roll. Cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Place cut side down onto prepared pan with sauce.
Cover with plastic wrap or damp tea towel Let rise til double about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 bake til golden brown about 25 to 30 minutes. Let the buns cool only 5 minutes then turn out onto serving tray.

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