Ginger Apple Cinnamon Bins with Nutmeg Plum Glaze

December 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 dozen rolls

Ingredients

For the dough:

5 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup water, hot
1/2 cup milk
3 eggs, beaten
Butter
Ginger-Apple Filling (recipe follows)
Nutmeg Plum Icing (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, and ground ginger. In another bowl combine the yeast and the hot water, mixing well. Let stand to get frothy a few minutes and then add the a little of the dry mixture, the yeast mixture and the milk and the eggs in a mixer and begin to mix, adding a little at a time of the dry mixture until it is done and a soft dough is formed. Knead on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic about 8-10 minutes. Cover and let rest for about 10 minutes. Divide the dough into two equal portions and roll each portion into a 12 x 8 inch rectagnle about 1/2 inch thick. Spread the ginger apple filling evenly over each rectangle. Beginning at one of the rectangles, roll it up tightly like a jelly roll, making sure to pinch the seams to seal. Cut each roll into 12 pieces and place rolls on a greased baking sheet (butter). Cover and let rise in a warm draft free location until double in size or about 45 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 375°F. After the rolls have doubled in size, place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until a stick inserted comes out clean. Place the Nutmeg Plum Glaze over the hot rolls and let cool.

Ginger-Apple Filling

Ingredients

2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 stick butter
2 tablespoons flour

Directions

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook on medium low until thick about 3 minutes. Set aside and cool.

Nutmeg Plum Glaze

Ingredients

1/4 cup plum syrup, warmed
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
A few tablespoons hot water as needed

Directions

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix. Add hot water until thick and smooth like a paste.

Cinnamon Buns

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

4 cups all purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm milk, scalded and skimmed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs

Filling:

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
21/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened

Icing:

8 tablespoons butter, softened (1 stick)
11/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

Dissolve the yeast in warm milk and set aside for 5 minutes to proof (foam). Combine sugar, butter, eggs and salt. Stir in flour and yeast mixture. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Sprinkle lightly with flour, as needed, to keep dough from sticking  (dough should be slightly sticky). Add as little flour as possible; the more flour that is added, the heavier the bread will be, and the goal is to have very light bread, so if the dough is sticking rub a little oil on your hands. Place in a lightly greased bowl and turn once to grease top. Cover, let rise in a warm place free from draft about one hour or until dough has nearly doubled in size. Punch down, and roll the dough on a clean surface lightly dusted with flour. Roll out to a rectangle shape until it is approximately 21 inches long and 16 inches wide by 1/4” thick. If dough begins to resist, stop working and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F. While oven is preheating, mix ingredients for filling. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Spread the softened butter evenly over the surface of the dough, then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Starting from the long side, begin rolling the dough down to the bottom edge, jelly roll style. Cut the rolled dough into 13/4” slices and place and place into a lightly greased baking pan, allowing about 1 inch space between each.
Put the rolls into a warm place and allow to rise again until nearly double in size (approximately 30 minutes). Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden. While the rolls are baking, mix ingredients for icing.
Beat well with a rotary mixer until light and fluffy.
When the rolls are done, drizzle generously with the icing while still warm.

Recipe property of Shawona Jones.

Sweet Corn Aioli Lobster Rolls

July 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 ½ pounds lobster meat, cooked, large chucks and cold
½ cup sweet corn kernels
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
Juice of 1 lemon
½ -3/4 cup sweet corn lemon aioli (recipe follows)
Hot Dog buns

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine the lobster meat, corn and fresh herbs and toss together well. Season with salt and drizzle lemon juice all over. Mix in the lemon juice and let stand for a few minutes. Dress to desired consistency with the sweet corn lemon aioli and serve on hot dog buns.

Sweet Corn Aioli
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 egg yolks
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon citrus champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg and garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar, lemon zest and juice. Add the corn kernels and blend until the kernels are chopped but not totally smooth. The sauce should be creamy with bits of corn.

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