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
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
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).
Brown Sugar Mixture
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
raisins and or nuts (optional)
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.
Let me know if you try it, or suggest an improvement.
Peace, love and puka shells,
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.
This is my first time using the product, but the ingredients appear to be top notch. A very nice potting mix.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the completed frame (above). Once you have the frame completed, it is time to cover it with the tent shell.
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.
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.
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,