Cinna Buns from Scratch

I had to share this recipe I found, it is truly amazing. Though it has a lot of steps it’s a really easy recipe to follow.

Punch it downCinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3½ cups (or more) unbleached all purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2¼ teaspoons rapid-rise yeast (from 1 envelope)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
For Filling:
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
Brown Sugar & Butter Time
For Frosting:
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Into the Pan

Instructions
  1. Combine milk and butter in glass measuring cup. Microwave on high until butter melts and mixture is just warmed to 120°F to 130°F, 30 to 45 seconds. Pour into bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment.
  2. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Beat on low speed 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Add 2½ cups flour. Beat on low until flour is absorbed and dough is sticky, scraping down sides of bowl. If dough is very sticky, add more flour by tablespoonfuls until dough begins to form ball and pulls away from sides of bowl.
  3. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if sticky, about 8 minutes. Form into ball.
  4. Lightly oil large bowl with nonstick spray. Transfer dough to bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
  5. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl.
  6. Punch down dough. Transfer to floured work surface. Roll out to 15×11-inch rectangle. Spread butter over dough, leaving ½-inch border. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly over butter. Starting at 1 long side, roll dough into log, pinching gently to keep it rolled up. With seam side down, cut dough crosswise with thin sharp knife into 18 equal slices (each about ½ to ¾ inch wide).
  7. Spray two 9-inch square glass baking dishes with nonstick spray. Divide rolls between baking dishes, arranging cut side up (there will be almost no space between rolls). Cover baking dishes with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled in volume, 40 to 45 minutes.
  8. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F. Bake rolls until tops are golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and invert immediately onto rack. Cool 10 minutes. Turn rolls right side up.
  9. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla in medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat until smooth. Spread glaze on rolls. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Cinna-Bun Perfection

Enjoy!

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Old School Workouts and Spring Smoothies

My sister has a theory; buy lots of summer clothes and summer will magically appear. Though I am a summer baby and love summer myself I don’t want summer to magically appear. Why? Because I do not want to rush past spring!  Not only do you get to wear the cutest clothes and brightest colors throughout spring, but in my option, spring is when the best seasonal produce is available, not to mention, the weather is a perfect blend of a light breeze and warm sun. However when I woke this morning to find it was only 32° outside I decided my new theory is if I drink a lot of fresh fruit smoothies, spring will magically appear. No more frozen fruit! Spring produce offers the best seasonal berries and I am demanding Mother Nature to start allowing the sun to come out and grow them.

I shared in my early introduction to this blog how I have a love of working out.  Spring is a great transition time that affords you some time before summer to get in shape as the dreaded bikini season approaches. College is stressful, there is no arguing that, with school, work, friends, finances and much more, making time to exercise is a great way to relieve some of that end of the semester stress!

P.S. the best part about working out, is that it’s free! Most colleges have a gym or athletic complex for their students, but for those of you who aren’t so fortunate or dread the college gym scene, there are many ways to stay active and never step foot in a gym. Personally I like running or long walks on the beach (hopefully the weather will start to warm soon though so I can be lying on the beach instead of running on it), and once I’m outside or on the beach I like to add a little old school workout routine to the mix, similar to the one I’ve included below:

25 Jumping jacks

1 minute High knee’s

25 lunges

25 squats

1 minute bicycle crunches

1 minutes oblique twists

15 toe touch crunches

(Repeat all 3 times)

 

Now, after a nice long workout I reward myself with a yummy springtime berry filled smoothie:

This recipe can be found at http://www.acedarspoon.com/pomegranate-blueberry-banana-smoothie/

This recipe can be found at http://www.acedarspoon.com

1 cup of almond milk

1 serving of vanilla protein powder

1 banana

Handful of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries (However many you like just make sure if it gets to think to add more Almond milk)

1tbs of Hemp (wheat germ, chia or flax seeds are yummy add-ins as well)

The Muffin Man

I have been going to this one Organic market in Newport sense I was a freshmen, and although they are small, the store always has my organic “staples”. The employs there are always cheerful and friendly, and several days ago I had the privilege of meeting the man behind the magic, all the amazing, mouthwatering prepared foods offered at this market, more specifically the muffin man!

Meet Ryan from A-Market, he is the reason I will not be bikini ready come summer! His muffins are out of this world despite the fact that he never went to culinary school.  He did however work on an urban farm in collage and being a vegetarian himself he had some great tips to offer on how to eat healthy without breaking the bank. Perfect, I was all ears!

Q: Organic foods are expensive, how do you make sure you’re getting your money’s worth?

A: Don’t over buy, buying too much at a time especially when it comes to produce can be a waste. Even if you think you can eat it all. Produce goes bad quickly so buy a little at a time that way you aren’t throwing away money. Also buying a few things at once is a great way to ensure your produce is always fresh.

Q: What are some of your staple purchases?

A: Quinoa, lentils, and brown rice. Any kind grains are not only good for you but they are cheap and fill you up.

Q: Do you have any tips for saving money when it comes to buying food?

A: If you like it and it’s in season, you can grow it. I live off right in the middle of town and I have a few things growing right now that I eat regularly. Lettuce, arugula, spinach any kind of leafy green is a good and easy thing to try and grow yourself. All you need is a bucket, some dirt and whatever you want to grow. It is super cheap and I personally find it fun.

 

I really like Ryan’s last suggestion, especially given that at home in the summer I myself grow my own tomatoes, watermelon and some herbs. However, I never thought to do that at school- It will be my next adventure!