Saturday, February 11, 2012

Breakfast on the go

It's Valentine's Day and you want to make your special someone breakfast in bed, but they are already gone when you get up.  What do you do?  I suppose you could get up at some crazy hour to accomplish your task but I have a simpler and way yummier idea.  How about a breakfast in bed on the go cereal bark?  Yes, you heard right cereal in chocolate.  Really?  Could life get any better?  I first got this idea from but they used fresh fruit and I wasn't hip on that.  There would be no real shelf life if fresh fruit was involved so I though of dried fruit and this cereal bark was born.

What you need:
Good dipping chocolate white or brown
Dried fruit
Breakfast cereal
Chopped nuts, optional

Melt the chocolate and spread out on a piece of wax paper.  You want to keep it thick enough to hold your fruit and cereal, but thin enough so it isn't over powering the taste.  Sprinkle with desired toppings.
(I used dried cherries, white chocolate and chocolate rice krispies for mine.)
Once cool and hardened break into pieces and package it up for giving or just enjoying yourself.

Packaged and ready to give

Speedy Rolls

It's 5 o'clock and you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry.  You need rolls.  There's no time to thaw some frozen ones and you don't have time to whip up a batch.  Or do you?  Yes, you do.  These are called speedy rolls because just like their name they are speedy to make and even speedier to eat.  Yeast rolls that are in the oven within 30 min and at the table another 15 more.  Soft and fluffy.  My children love them.  My husband loves them.  I love them.  This batch makes up 16 very large crescents or 32 smaller ones and we can eat them all in one sitting.  I've even made they garlicky by brushing the rolls with butter and sprinkling with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese before rolling up and baking.  Ohhhhhhh, they were so good and very bad of my to make when I'm watching how much I am eating or not eating at the moment.  So if you're in a hurry and need rolls or just want to try a new roll recipe this one is for you.

2 cups warm water
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp yeast
1 Tbsp salt
6 1/2 cup flour, divided
2 eggs
1/3 cup shortening

Place water sugar and yeast in a bowl and beat together.  Add the salt and 2 cups of flour; beat.  Add the eggs and shortening; beat.  Add the remaining 4 1/2 cups flour; beat together.  Cover with towel and let raise for 20 min.  Split dough in half and roll out on floured board to a big circle with dough being 1/4" or so thick.

  Cut into triangles (like a pizza) and roll up big end to small end making a crescent roll.  At this point you can decide if you want 16 large rolls or 32 smaller ones just cut accordingly. 

Place on greased baking pan and bake at 350*F for 15-20 min.  Top with melted butter right out of the oven and enjoy.