Monday, March 30, 2009

The Ultimate Vanishing Breakfast Rolls

This recipe goes way back to the good old junior high days in Home Ec. I had forgotten about these little sticky pieces of heaven you can just pop in your mouth. I used to make them all the time when I lived at home. They were a real treat for breakfast, but I would make them for a dessert now. We had playgroup last week and we took these with us. We didn't leave with a single one. They were devoured! They are called vanishing breakfast rolls not only because they are gone in a snap, but because you bite into them and there is nothing inside! The yummy filling of marshmallow rolled in butter and cinnamon and sugar has vanished and melted all over the biscuit, making them sticky and delicious! These are so easy to make. I made them in 30 minutes and was out the door! So, if you are looking for a quick treat try these Vanishing Breakfast Rolls for breakfast or dessert and "wow" your family and friends!

Vanishing Breakfast Rolls

2 pkgs Refridgerated Biscuits (10 rolls per pack)
Marshmallows, Big or Mini
3 Tbsp Butter, melted
Cinnamon & Sugar mix (1/2 cup sugar to 1/2 tsp cinnamon)

Seperate biscuits and smash down with the palm of your hand. If you have big marshmallows you are ready to roll marshmallow in butter, then into cinnamon & sugar. If you have mini marshmallows take a handful and roll them into a ball with your hands, then roll in butter and cinnamon & sugar. Place one buttery, cinnamon & sugar marshmallow on each flattened biscuit and wrap biscuit around and pinch to seal. Place in sprayed cupcake pan seam side down and bake at the degrees according to biscuit package directions. Mine were 400 degrees. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and serve. Yumm!!!

***In Home Ec we were taught to bake them on a cookie sheet pan, but I have found that they work best in muffin pans. That way your marshmallow filling melts right around your biscuit instead of all over the cookie sheet making a big mess and losing all your filling.

We are having some lovely snowy spring weather here where I live, so if you are like me you are going to need a warm comfort food. Pop these into the oven and enjoy a warm treat!
Happy Spring!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

German Pancakes with Vanilla Syrup & Buzz Lightyear

These two recipes came from a good friend of mine. They are both very easy and very good. The vanilla syrup is delicious. I keep it in the fridge and put it on my belgian waffles. It's such a treat.

German Pancakes
2 Tbsp butter
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt

Melt butter in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. In a bowl mix eggs, milk, flour & salt. Pour into buttered baking dish. Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes until lightly brown.

Vanilla Syrup
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a medium pan. Cook on low until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Don't boil. Beat until desired consistency. (I didn't have whipping cream when I made it, but I used whole milk. It tasted just fine, just a little runny). You can also use almond extract. I ran out of vanilla and used a little almond and it added a little kick to it.

My little boy turned 2 last week. He loves Buzz Lightyear and wanted to have a Buzz cake. This is what I came up with. I think it turned out great! I will never forget the look on his face when he saw it. I used a boxed cake mix and baked it in a glass bowl. I made homemade marshmallow fondant that I colored orange to cover my planet. This was my first experience using fondant and it went pretty good. I found a great website that walked me through it. If any of you are have any questions about what I did, leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Here are a few ideas for St. Patrick's day. For breakfast, I will be making green pancakes and green milk. In the afternoon we will make green playdough and make shamrock cookies. For dinner we'll be having lots of green and for dessert, mint chocolate chip ice cream. I will be hiding green shamrocks throughout the house and whoever finds the most, will recieve a lucky charm. I'm sure many of you have good ideas too! Feel free to share them in your comments.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tea Party Time with Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Strawberry Lemonade

Last night we had such a fun Tea Party (without the tea) at an annual celebration for the ladies in my church. Everyone showed up with a Tea Party hat that was decorated to spotlight themselves. We had a great time getting to know one another better, and of course enjoyed yummy food. We ate Chicken Salad Sandwiches, pastas, veggies, fruit salads, and of course dessert! I made these delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries. They were amazing. They were so easy too! I am a lover of Symphony's Milk Chocolate, so I knew that it wouldn't let me down. I love the chocolate/strawberry combo. I love to bite into the smooth milk chocolate and the juicy strawberry. The Symphony Chocolate was perfect! I obviously was making these for a large group, but you can definitely adjust for a smaller batch.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

60 Strawberries
7 King Size Symphony Milk Chocolate Bars
1 1/2 cups White Chocolate morsels (optional)

Wash and dry strawberries. Melt your chocolate either in the microwave stirring after 1 minute incriments, or in a double boiler. I did mine in the microwave and it was perfect. I also did 4 bars to start with. I didn't want to burn the chocolate by having too much, and I wanted to be sure to get my strawberries dipped before it set up. (If you do it in the double boiler, you won't have to worry about that, and you will be able to melt all of the chocolate at the same time). When your chocolate is melted hold your strawberry by the stem and dip in chocolate so it covers almost all of the red. I like a little bit of red showing. Twirl to get excess chocolate to roll off of the strawberry. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Dip remaining strawberries. When the chocolate has set, you can drizzle with white chocolate if you want your strawberries to look a little more fancy. Melt chocolate either in microwave or double boiler and spoon into ziploc bag. Release all the air and cut a small hole in one of the corners. Squeeze white chocolate and decorate strawberries as desired. I just did the lines strait across.

I was also in charge of the drink. We did Strawberry Lemonade, and wow, was it good. It was also really easy, and it turned out just beautiful! The juice from the strawberries gave it a perfect strawberry kick to the lemonade.

Strawberry Lemonade

2- 2 Liter bottles Lemonade (yellow)
1- 24 oz. tub sliced, with sugar Strawberries (found in the frozen dept.)

Allow your strawberries time to fully defrost. I placed mine in the fridge the night before. Combine lemonade, strawberries, and ice (to your liking). Serve!

This was our lovely display of desserts. I love these tiered racks. They are perfect for entertaining. I don't have one of my own, but my mother-in-law has been kind to let me borrow hers for a few occasions. They really make a beautiful setting. We also had some mini sugar cookies and cream puffs drizzled with chocolate syrup. Perfect Tea Party foods!