Saturday, May 24, 2008

Saturday! I've worked all week and am at lunch at work today. *sigh* But things are looking good and I may be home mid-afternoon. Yea! I am going to start knitting a new dishcloth pattern called "baby fern". It is a lace-like design and should be lovely to use with a new bar of good quality soap in the shower or bath tub.

I'm sipping plain old black tea with a bit of milk today to keep me warm. Brrr, hospital buildings are cold!

Later this weekend we'll trim up our front flower beds, cook out, relax, and enjoy time together, my husband and I. I'm really looking forward to that.

No photos to offer today but when I'm home this weekend, I'll likely find something that needs to be shared.

Made some sticky buns for work today. How you ask? Easy! Buy the small bag of frozen dinner roll dough, the 12 pack of regular size rolls. Put in your refrigerator for a day so they thaw over time. Take them out and make them one solid mass of dough. (or thaw one full loaf of frozen bread dough).

Now warm in the microwave for 20 seconds twice. Then roll out to a large rectangle about 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch thick on a floured countertop with a rolling pin, let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, get out some ground cinnamon and brown sugar. Also melt one stick (1/2 cup) of butter and get out some white sugar and chopped nuts (nuts optional). Grease or spray Pam on a 9 by 13 inch pan.

Back to the dough. . . . roll it out a bit again, sprinkle with 1/3 cup brown sugar and 2 tsp. ground cinnamon. Roll us lengthwise and pinch the edges to seal. Slice into 24 slices, they will be a nice size and easier to share. . . . these are not meant to be giant rolls.

In the 9 by 13 pan pour the melted butter, add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon with 1/2 cup chopped nuts. Stir to blend and spread onto the bottom of the pan. Now, lay the sliced rolls out in the pan, cut surfaces 'up'. Cover with a damp drying towel and let rise until double. If you are using a glass pan, you can 'hurry' the rising time up by putting the pan into the microwave for 20 seconds times two, turning between the two times of warming. Cover and allow to rise until doubled.

Heat oven to 350 and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Put a serving tray over the top of the baked goodies, use oven mitts (this is HOT caramel and can burn!) and on the count of 3, invert the whole thing onto the serving tray. Carefully remove the 9 by 13 pan, scrape the pan clean of the sweet caramel goodness and spread onto the rolls.

Serve in 5 to 10 minutes while still quite warm but not so hot they burn your fingers and tongue.

Enjoy with tea, juice, or if you insist *sigh* coffee. Sweet goodness that will amaze you and your guests.

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