I dreamt about these guys, that’s how they came about. I’ve been working crazy hours and running on very little sleep so I’ve been having the most random dreams ever. So in this dream I was reading a blog about a girl eating scones. Her scones were filled with all kinds of dried fruit and somehow in my dream remembered that the only dried fruit we have is raisins. I woke up just long enough to decide that I needed raisin scones in my life and then went back to sleep only to dream that we were out of raisins.

It took me a few days to finally make these because THEY HAD TO BE ICED and we didn’t have any powdered sugar. I ended up using Dorie’s cream scone recipe and just throwing in some cinnamon and sugar. The icing is just milk and powdered sugar mixed until desired consistency.

They turned out just like I’d hoped. My child took one bite, declared them poptarts, and then proceeded to eat every. single. one. of them over the next few days. Yeah, I know, poptarts, but I have to admit that the texture is almost like the outer “crust” of a poptart.

Cinnamon Raisin Scones

from Baking: From My Home to Yours

Ingredients

egg
2/3 cup cold heavy cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
  2. Stir the egg and cream together.
  3. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Drop in the butter and, using your fingertips or a pastry blender, cut and rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is pebbly. You'll have pea-sized pieces, pieces the size of oatmeal flakes and pieces the size of everything in between.
  4. Pour the egg and cream over the dry ingredients and stir with a fork just until the dough, which will be wet and sticky, comes together. Don't overdo it. Still in the bowl, gently knead in the raisins by hand, or turn it with a rubber spatula 8 to 10 times.
  5. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn out the dough. Divide it in half. Working with 1 piece at a time, pat the dough into a tough circle that's about 5 inches in diameter, cut it into 6 wedges and place it on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake the scones for 20 to 30 minutes, or until their tops are golden and firmish. Transfer them to a rack and cool for 10 minutes before icing, if desired.
http://fakeginger.com/cinnamon-raisin-scones/
1

You already know my obsession with sticky buns. I just can’t control myself. I had no plans of making these this weekend, or making breakfast at all! But then I found myself doing my daily check of the BBA Flickr Group and saw this beautiful braided bread. I’ve always loved braided bread but never knew how to do it so I wondered over to Tammy’s Recipes because she makes lovely challah and 2 recipes above her challah recipe was this caramel pecan roll recipe.

There was no hope for me.

The recipe overall was very simple, the dough was so much easier to work with than other sticky bun or cinnamon roll recipes I’ve tried. I normally have a lot of trouble rolling dough out but this one rolled out no problem.

It was a good recipe, not really what I was expecting. The caramel sauce was really good right out of the oven but hardened very quickly. All you have to do is heat them up again, but I’m kinda lazy these days. Definitely a good recipe though!

Caramel Pecan Rolls

Ingredients

For the dough:
2 cup flour
1 tablespoon dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/2-2 cup flour
For the caramel:
3 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 cup chopped or halved pecans

Instructions

  1. In large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups flour and 1 tablespoon dry yeast.
  2. Heat milk, sugar, shortening, and salt till warm (115-120F), stirring to melt shortening. Add to dry mixture.
  3. Add eggs. Mix well by hand and then stir in 1 1/2 to 2 cups flour, making a moderately stiff dough.
  4. Knead on a lightly floured surface till smooth (adding more flour as you need it, if needed). Shape into a ball. Place in a greased bowl, turning once. Cover; let rise till double.
  5. Punch down; divide in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
  6. Roll each half of sweet roll dough into a 12x8-inch rectangle.
  7. Brush each with half of the softened butter. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough.
  8. Roll up each piece of dough, starting with long side; seal seams. Slice each roll into about 12 pieces.
  9. In saucepan combine brown sugar, 1/4 c butter, and corn syrup. Cook and stir just till butter melts and mixture is blended.
  10. Distribute mixture evenly in two greased 8-9 inch round baking pans. Top with pecans.
  11. Place rolls, cut side down, in baking pans (on top of the pecans). Cover; let rise till double.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool about 30 seconds; invert on rack and remove pans.
http://fakeginger.com/caramel-pecan-rolls/
3

I am so in love with sticky buns right now. Weird considering I’d never had one until I made Dorie’s version. Since then I’ve been pulling every sticky bun recipe I see out of magazines, I’ve been bookmarking them like crazy, and making them as often as I can.

I made these for Mother’s Day. I couldn’t afford to spend a ton on a gift for my mom so I figured baking her something would have to do. She’s not really a sweets person but who doesn’t like breakfast?

The recipe is from Cooking Light and after my last CL sticky bun failed in the sticky department, I did double the sauce. What’s an extra 3/4 cup of brown sugar anyway? ;)

These were absolutely delicious. Nothing compares to the Dorie one but these were pretty darn close! I’ll definitely pull this recipe out next time I’m in a sticky bun mood.

Walnut Sticky Buns

from Cooking Light

Ingredients

For the dough:
3/4 cup warm skim milk (100F to 110F)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/4 cup warm water (100F to 110F)
2 eggs
3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
18 ounces all-purpose flour (about 4 cups), divided
Cooking spray
For the sauce:
1 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
4 tablespoons hot water
2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted
For the filling:
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

  1. To prepare dough, combine the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Stir yeast mixture into milk mixture. Add eggs and 3 tablespoons melted butter; stir until well combined.
  3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 16.8 ounces (about 3 3/4 cups) flour to yeast mixture; stir until smooth. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel slightly soft and tacky).
  4. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray; turn to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85F), free from drafts, 45 minutes. Punch dough down and turn over in bowl; lightly coat with cooking spray. Cover and let rise another 45 minutes. Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes.
  5. To prepare sauce, combine brown sugar, 6 tablespoons butter, and 4 tablespoons hot water in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Scrape sugar mixture into a 13 x 9 inch baking pan coated with cooking spray, spreading evenly over bottom of pan with a spatula. Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly with walnuts, and set aside.
  6. To prepare filling, combine 2/3 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; pat dough into a 16 x 12 inch rectangle. Brush surface of dough with 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter. Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Beginning with a long side, roll up dough jelly-roll fashion; pinch seam to seal (do not seal ends of roll). Cut roll into 15 slices (approximately 1 inch wide). Arrange slices, cut sides up, in prepared pan. Lightly coat rolls with cooking spray; cover and let rise in a warm place (85F), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F.
  8. Uncover rolls, and bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute; carefully invert onto serving platter.
http://fakeginger.com/walnut-sticky-buns/
1

I mentioned a few posts ago that I love making breakfast foods. I mean, really love. I also mentioned that I’m not a big fan of eating it but sticky buns are the exception. I adore them. I could eat a sticky bun for every meal and never get sick of them. You know what else I love? Figs. So can you guess how excited I was when I saw that Cooking Light had a recipe for Fig and Walnut Sticky Buns?

This was such a simple recipe. Honestly. The last sticky bun recipe I used involved brioche dough which was a giant pain in the butt to both me and my stand mixer but this dough I actually made in the bread machine. Gasp!

Since this was a Cooking Light recipe, they were nearly as amazing as others I’ve made but they did the job. They weren’t as saucy (?) as other recipes but I guess next time I could just double the sauce and cancel out the whole light thing. And the figs? Perfection.

Fig and Walnut Sticky Buns

from Cooking Light

Ingredients

2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
2/3 cup warm water (100F to 110F)
5 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
7.9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 3/4 cups), divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Cooking spray
3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
2 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk
1/2 cup finely chopped dried Black Mission figs
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Dissolve granulated sugar and yeast in 2/3 cup warm water in a small bowl; let mixture stand 5 minutes. Stir in 3 tablespoons melted butter.
  2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 6.75 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) flour, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add yeast mixture to flour mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 4 minutes); add enough of the remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent the dough from sticking to hands. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85F), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  3. Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, syrup, and milk in a small saucepan; bring mixture to a boil. Remove pan from heat; stir in figs. Sprinkle walnuts evenly into a 13 x 9Ã-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray; spoon fig mixture evenly over nuts in bottom of pan.
  4. Combine remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. Punch dough down; let rest 5 minutes. Roll dough into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Brush remaining 2 tablespoons butter over dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle dough with cinnamon mixture. Roll up rectangle tightly, starting with long edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch seam to seal (do not seal ends). Cut into 12 (1-inch-wide) slices. Place slices, cut side up, into pan. (Slices do not fill pan but will once dough rises.) Cover pan with a damp towel; let rise in a warm place (85F), free from drafts, 15 minutes or until doubled in size.
  7. Bake at 375F for 15 minutes or until buns are lightly browned. Cool buns in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Place a serving platter upside down on top of pan; invert buns onto platter. Serve warm.
http://fakeginger.com/fig-and-walnut-sticky-buns/

2


I’ve really been slacking with breakfasts lately. Before this semester, I always had the freezer stocked with whole wheat waffles, muffins, and other “fresh” baked goodies. Lately breakfasts have been instant oatmeal, toast, or anything else that’s easy and quick. Easy and quick for me that is. Husband doesn’t have time for any of that in the morning and I’m usually not awake when he leaves. So poor guy goes all day without eating.

In an effort to get him to eat breakfast, I made these muffins. I got the recipe from a cupcake community I frequent and literally made them the day I saw the recipe. The husband loves doughnuts but I suck at frying so I figured this was the next best thing.

To me these are more likes cupcakes. They are pretty dense compared to most muffins but they really are good. Pretty addicting, actually. So far it’s looking like none are going to make it to the freezer but that’s okay because they were very simple to make.

Doughnut Muffins

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking power
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar, for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until light in color.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Pour into egg mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Pour in vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract.
  6. Divide batter evenly into 12 muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. While muffins are baking, melt butter and pour remaining sugar into a small bowl.
  9. When muffins are done, lightly brush the top of each with some melted butter, remove from the pan and roll in sugar.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.
http://fakeginger.com/doughnut-muffins/


3