Cinnamon Rosette Rolls

Cinnamon Rosette Rolls

This yummy cinnamon roll inspired homemade dessert needs two 1 hour risings, so planning ahead helps a lot. It starts with a dinner roll recipe.

 
Dinner Roll recipe
INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp salt

1/2 cup warm water
2 packages yeast
1 tsp sugar

2 beaten eggs (or 1/2 cup of egg whites)
4 1/2 cups flour (and some for the rolling surface)

Oil for pans
Melted butter for drizzling

I have the Artisan, and I have been very pleased with it.

I have the KitchenAid Artisan, and I have been very pleased with it.

 

1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup of sugar

Scald 1/2 cup milk (bring just to a boil on the stove top or microwave.)

Combine the 1/2 cup scalded milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup butter, 1 tsp molasses, and 1 tsp salt.

Add the yeast and a teaspoon of sugar to 1/2 cup warm water. Read the directions on the yeast and make sure the water is in the correct temperature range (usually 115 F -ish). Yeast is a fungus, (like mushrooms) and alive. The warm water rehydrates the yeast, and the sugar gives them a starting food source. The yeast eats the sugars, and excrete carbon dioxide, creating gas pockets and causing the bread to rise. Let it sit for five minutes or so to make sure it starts to bubble and react to show “proof” it is working.

Combine the scalded milk mixture, the yeast mixture, 2 beaten eggs, and 2 cups of flour in a large bowl (or mixer). Slowly add from 2 to 2 1/2 more cups of flour as needed. The dough should be firm, but not dry.

Oil or flour hands and knead until somewhat elastic (knead well, but keep in mind that kneading too much will make for tougher rolls).

Coat lightly with oil or butter, and set in a bowl to rise (I quickly rinse out the mixer bowl and use it again with a little oil since I have to wash it at that point anyway). Cover the bowl with a clean cloth, and let rise until doubled (an hour or so).

The dough is allowed to rise for an hour. Then it is punched down before forming rolls.

The dough is allowed to rise for an hour. Then it is punched down before forming rolls.

I've divided the dough into two parts. One I'll cook plain for dinner rolls, and I'll make the Cinnamon Rosettes with the other.

I’ve divided the dough into two parts. One I’ll cook plain for dinner rolls, and I’ll make the Cinnamon Rosettes with the other.

The dough is separated into seven equal sized balls.

The dough is seperated into seven equal sized balls.

The rosette dough is rolled out to a finger width and about a foot long.

The rosette dough is rolled out to a finger width and about a foot long. Dinner rolls are tied as is or rolled in sesame seeds. Cinnamon Rosettes are first rolled in a brown sugar/cinnamon/salt mixture.

Brown Sugar Mixture
INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
raisins and or nuts (optional)

Roll the dough in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt mixture.

For Cinnamon Rosettes, roll the dough in the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt mixture.

Make a loop

Make a loop (plain version shown because it is easier to see).

Tie a "granny" knot by tucking one free end through the loop.

Tie a “granny” knot by tucking one free end through the loop.

Wind one free end around and though the loop, tucking the end against the bottom.

Wind one free end around and though the loop, tucking the end against the bottom.

Wind the other free end through the loop, leaving the tip as the center of the "flower".

Wind the other free end through the loop, leaving the tip as the center of the “flower”.

The coated dough is tied into the rosette.

Cinnamon mixture coated dough rosette.

Place in round tin, and top with raisins.

Place side by side in a round tin, and top with raisins. Drizzle or brush with melted butter.

After forming, allow to rise 1 hour in a warm draft free area.

After forming, allow to rise 1 hour in a warm draft free area.

Baked golden brown and ready for dinner. Large rolls can be made with a lighter dough and used for hamburger buns.

Bake in preheated oven at 375 F 20-25 minutes or until golden. Large rolls can be made with a lighter dough and used for hamberger buns.

This tasty treat is a spin on cinnamon rolls.

This tasty treat is a spin on cinnamon rolls.

Let me know if you try it, or suggest an improvement.

Peace, love and puka shells,
Grubbycup

Empire Builder Potting Mix

Made with Coco Coir, Sphagnum Peat Moss, Composted Forest Humus, Worm Castings, Coco Chips, Lava Rock, Pumice, Perlite, Gypsum, langbeinite, sea bird and bat guano, fish bonemeal, feather meal, bonemeal, limestone, greensand, alfalfa meal, kelp meal, glacial rock dust, azomite, soybean meal, and rice bran.

Empire Builder Potting Mix is made with Coco Coir, Sphagnum Peat Moss, Composted Forest Humus, Worm Castings, Coco Chips, Lava Rock, Pumice, Perlite, Gypsum, langbeinite, sea bird and bat guano, fish bonemeal, feather meal, bonemeal, limestone, greensand, alfalfa meal, kelp meal, glacial rock dust, azomite, soybean meal, and rice bran.

I was invited to visit the facility where Empire Builder is mixed. I was really impressed with how clean and nice the compost they use was. It was a “hot” pile, and had a clean earthy smell to it.

Empire Builder potting mix.

Empire Builder potting mix.

This is my first time using the product, but the ingredients appear to be top notch. A very nice potting mix.

root pouches filled with Empire Builder potting mix.

root pouches filled with Empire Builder potting mix.

root pouch Fabric Pots

root pouch fabric pots.

root pouch fabric pots.

This is my first time using the root pouch brand of fabric pots. They are made with a different material than I’m used to, but seem sturdy enough. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do. These are filled with Empire Builder potting mix.

root pouch fabric pots.

root pouch fabric pots.

Just Right Xtra

Just Right Xtra Premium Potting Mix

Just Right Xtra Premium Potting Mix

A mixture of coir, humus, worm castings, diatomaceous earth, subcultures M and B, sulfate of potash, bone char and rare earth.

A mixture of coir, humus, worm castings, diatomaceous earth, subcultures M and B, sulfate of potash, bone char and rare earth.

I’ve had good luck with Just Right Xtra. It is made in New York, and I’ve visited the facility. It has one of the most horrific mixing chambers I’ve seen.

The teeth of the Just Right Xrta mixer wouldn't be out of place in a horror movie.

The teeth of the Just Right Xrta mixer wouldn’t be out of place in a horror movie.

The Just Right Xtra mixer means business.

The Just Right Xtra mixer means business.

Just to try it and see, I cut the top off of a bag, poked holes in the sides, and planted.

Just to try it and see, I cut the top off of a bag, poked holes in the sides, and planted.

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Homemade Soil Cubes for Germination

Homemade soil cubes

Homemade soil cubes

These starting cubes are made with potting mix and a cube press.

These soil cubes are made with potting mix and a cube press.

A cube press, spatula, potting mix, water and a tray.

A cube press, spatula, potting mix, water and a tray.

This metal soil cube press wasn't cheap, but has made many starter cubes and is still in good condition.

This metal soil cube press wasn’t cheap, but has made many starter cubes and is still in good condition.

This is 1 part Just Right Xtra to 1 part Just Right Lite.

This is 1 part Just Right Xtra to 1 part Just Right Lite.

The mixture should be light, seedling mixes are a good choice. My current favorite is a 50-50 mix of Just Right Xtra and Just Right Lite. Add enough water to make a doughlike consistancy, and let set for 1-2 hours. The mix should be able to be pressed into balls and somewhat hold their shape.

The press is well filled with potting mix. The form is set into place, and the piston holds the cube in place while the form is removed.

The press is well filled with potting mix. The form is set into place, and the piston holds the cube in place while the form is removed.

Allow the cubes to dry and they will firm up. However, they will always be a bit fragile, and are much easier to break than commercially made cubes.

These homemade seed starting cubes can be used to well, start seeds of course.,

These homemade seed starting cubes can be used to well, start seeds of course.,

Soil Cube

Soil Cube

Soil cubes

Blumat Bucket Watering System

Water is held in the bucket, and released as the clay spike becomes dry.

Water is held in the bucket, and released as the clay spike becomes dry.

This Smart Pot has sprouted sunflowers.

Blumat bucket fitting

Blumat bucket fitting

To attach the fitting to the bucket, a hole needs to be made.

A hot soldering iron can make holes in plastic buckets easily and without splitting.

A hot soldering iron can make holes in plastic buckets easily and without splitting.

Here the Blumat bucket fitting is installed

Here the Blumat bucket fitting is installed

The Blumat spike should be filled with water and soaked for an hour before use.

The Blumat spike should be filled with water and soaked for an hour before use. The cap on top adjusts the watering level, so should be set to shut when wet, and open when dry.

I haven’t had the pleasure of trying these before, but the concept seems very cool. If they work well, it could be very useful in areas where water has to be carried and left.

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Setting up an UNO Grow Tent.

UNO Grow tents still in the boxes.

UNO grow tents still in the boxes.

Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! The fine folks over at UNO Horticultural Lighting were kind enough to send me a pair of very nice 4’x 4’x 6.5′ garden tents.

UNO garden tent with instructions

UNO garden tent with instructions

I really appreciated that they included instructions. Putting a tent together is one of those activities where thinking before acting comes in handy. I have put together “brand X” tents that came without instructions, and while it is simple enough once you get the idea, at least glancing at the directions can help.

The directions were clear enough to follow, although I found that since I was assembling it without help, it was easier to assemble from the bottom up, rather than in two assemblies.

The directions were clear enough to follow, although I found that since I was assembling it without help, it was easier to assemble from the bottom up, rather than in two assemblies.

One nice thing about these brackets, is that the poles just slide in, and there is no "right side up" to worry about.

One nice thing about these brackets, is that the poles just slide in, and there is no “right side up” to worry about.

Although it was pretty apparent which piece was which, I appreciated that the poles were labeled (and came with directions).

Although it was pretty apparent which piece was which, I appreciated that the poles were labeled (and came with directions).

The top and bottom frame are identical. Two poles that fit end to end form the upright supports.

The top and bottom frame are identical. Two poles that fit end to end form the upright supports.

The two assemblies fit together, one on top of the other.

The two assemblies fit together, one on top of the other.

UNO garden tent frame (complete)

This is the completed frame (above). Once you have the frame completed, it is time to cover it with the tent shell.

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Relax. Start with the bottom. Unzip the door opening fully. Find the bottom section on the shell, and fit it to the frame. Then carefully work the rest of the shell over the frame. Don’t rush it, and don’t get frustrated. It fit easily and without trouble for me, but it is the sort of thing where if you fight it, it will fight you back.

There are duct openings on each of the three walls, and one on the top.

There are duct openings on each of the three walls, and one on the top.

This is one thing I’d look at when shopping for tents. This tent has lots of options for ventilation and cords. Other things to look closely at are the stitching, and quality of the zippers. I found these tents to be much better made than some of the “Brand X” tents on the market.

View of three of the passive vents (can be opened or closed), the three cord tunnels, and the two side panel openings.

View of three of the passive vents (can be opened or closed), the three cord tunnels, and the two side panel openings.

I really like the UNO Grow Tent. They are better made than many I've seen, with several vent openings that can be opened or closed as needed.

I really like these tents.

I was pleased with how easily they went together, and the quality of the materials used. I’m really looking forward to trying them out. With two tents, either one can be set to growth and the other flower, or tests can be run “head to head”.

Peace, love, and puka shells,
Grubbycup