Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cooking with the Kids

In an attempt to make up for all the time I've lost working instead of hanging out with my kiddos, I spent some time this weekend cooking with them. First we made french bread pizzas for supper. I made sure we made extra so Sophie could take them for her sack lunch next week.

We all enjoyed this easy and cheap meal and everyone thanked Sophie for a delicious dinner.

Recipe for Pizzas:
2 loaves french bread or italian bread (check day old section- I got each loaf for 60 cents)
1 jar of marinara or pizza sauce
1/4 cup of butter, melted
1 package of italian seasoning
1 package shredded mozzarella cheese
1 package pepperonis

Cut loaves into slices and put them on a baking tray. Turn oven on to 350 degrees. Mix melted butter with italian seasoning package. Brush on butter to each slice of bread. Then spread marinara sauce on the bread. Top pizzas with cheese and pepperoni and any other topping you so desire. Leave in oven for 10 minutes. Pull them out and eat!

Then I found on Pintrest a cinnamon roll recipe I wanted to try. So last night Ainsley and I spent several hours making cinnamon rolls from scratch. The bad news is, the cinnamon rolls took forever to make; the good news is they were delicious and we had plenty of left overs.

Recipe for Cinnamon Rolls:


  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets
  • 8 cups All-purpose Flour + 1 Cup
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
  • Melted Butter
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 bag Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Melted Butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Mix 1 quart Whole Milk, 1 cup butter, and 1 cup Sugar in a pan. Bring almost to a boil, just “scald” the milk. If you boil you went too far, it will curdle the milk. Remove from the heat and let it cool until warm. Add 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets and mix in.
Now transfer to a bowl all the liquid, then add 8 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda, and 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for about an hour. After it has risen, turn out to a floured surface ( like above) and add about 1 more cup flour while kneading it all in.
Take about 1/2 of the dough and roll it out into a rectangle. I would say 18 inches by about 9 inches or so. Cover with a thin layer of melted butter, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and then sprinkle with brown sugar. Starting with the long side away from you, roll the dough up towards you. Fold the dough up and close the roll by pinching it together.
Now take the sharpest knife you have and cut the roll into 2 to 2 1/2 inch sections. Now place them in a greased pan almost touching each other. Let these rise about 20 minutes and put them into the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes. Remove and cover with frosting!

This made for a nice morning with the kids.

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