Vets, Bacon, And Hazelnuts

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I am in serious need of lazy-time after today. What I told you this morning was that we were bringing Montana to the vet. What I left out was that before then I was madly rushing to get some whole wheat pumpkin cinnamon roll dough rising.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Dough

If you remember, I tried this once before and it all wound up in the trash; I hate dealing with yeast dough but I loooove how it tastes. Overall I hate any batter that’s sticky or requires unprecise amounts such as “flour until just together”. Why did I decide to go for these anyway? Who knows. But once the dough was done we hopped in the car for Montana’s check-up. He was shaking like a leaf waiting in the room and my dad said his breath smelled bad so I thought it was only rational to give him this.

Newman's Own Organic Cinnamon Mints

I like them and he does apparently, too. Not sure how his breath was after that but the vet wasn’t complaining. Things seemed exactly the same with him so we were out pretty quick and on to more errands. Because his vet is near a bigger, much larger Whole Foods. I thought I’d check if they had the chocolate bar I’ve been so desperately seeking since Christmas.

Mo's Bacon Milk Chocolate Bar

Success! It was 1 of 4 flavors they carried. Now I need to get creative of how to use it ๐Ÿ™‚ After that it was my job to run into Market Basket to get vegetables. Like I’ve mentioned, we’re having company on New Years Eve and making them dinner, and Market Basket has the cheapest vegetables going. That store, however, is always full and a menace to work a shopping cart through. I think I bumped in to 2 people? Their fault. I ended up grabbing everything on the list and some fish for dinner. On the way home I was treated to a coffee.

McDonalds' Coffee

I’ll take it ๐Ÿ˜‰ When we got home it felt like I had 10 things suddenly on my plate: work more with the cinnamon rolls, make lunch, put away groceries. To make things more confusing, my grandmother had randomly drove over. 3 people in our kitchen is too much when 2 of them are just standing around. I started making up a meal, trying to feed a craving for fried chicken.

Pecan Crusted Cornish Hen, Stuffing, Broccoli

I heated up leftover cornish hen over the stove and then patted it with homemade pecan butter and whole foods whole wheat bread crumbs for some crunch. It really was nothing like fried chicken but it definitely fed a general “fat” craving. I also heated up the last of the leftover Thanksgiving stuffing and charred some broccoli on the stove. While I was munching on this, I squared the dough for the rolls and slathered it with apple butter and cinnamon. The recipe was supposed to make 12 but after cutting up half of the log into 6 I cut the other half into 4 because they looked a little dainty. Then they rose for 30 minutes and baked for 23.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

I’m really impressed that I made it to the final product(let’s just say I was not asย optimisticย this morning when I started them). They felt a little tough. I think it’s either that they’re whole wheat, sat out for too long, or baked for too long. I’m definitely not complaining, though, and I’ll write-up my version of the recipe within a few days. They’re very low fat because of the apple butter replacing the usual brown sugar butter filling, which is perfect for me because I prefer to spread peanut butter or whatever it may be over the top.

French Toast Hazelnut Butter

Afterย that baking project, I moved on to my 3rd(of 6). This one involved the “mystery” nuts you all correctly IDed as hazelnuts(I knew you guys would figure me out ;-)). What you didn’t guess was the flavor. Surprisingly, I wasn’t aiming for an all-natural Nutella; I already have Rapunzel’s organic version so I’m fine with that one for now. I decided to make “french toast hazelnut butter” by blending 8oz hazelnuts with 2 tablespoons maple butter, 1 1/3 tablespoons vanilla infused sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla powder and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. This came out awesome from the little bit I nibbled on squeezing it into the jar. Hazelnuts, however, are not nearly as good blenders as peanuts to anyone looking to recreate this.

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The cinnamon rolls look awesome…I am excited to see your recipe!! I am a sucker for homemade cinnamon rolls…so a healthier version would be AWESOME! ๐Ÿ™‚

Those cinnamon rolls look so good– they combine some of my favorite things ๐Ÿ™‚

your a baking machine!! wow those cinnamon rolls look like they turned out perfectly ๐Ÿ˜€

market basket = mess to shop at. but they are sooo cheap that i can’t stay away ๐Ÿ™‚

yummy looking rolls too!

I can’t wait to make some nut butters on the new food processor I ordered (from money gifts) for Christmas! But I made a deal with myself that some of the nut butters I already have need to be eaten first ๐Ÿ™‚

The French Toast Hazelnut Butter looks amazing!!!!
Just soak the h-nuts for about an hour if you want them to soften. Some people are anti soaking for their nut butters but I think that it just takes the edge off. You dont want much, but justa smidge of softness I think is a good thing so you dont blow a motor!

bacon milk chocolate? now I’ve seen everything!

yeast recipes always intimidate for my — but it sounds like you showed that pumpkin roll who’s boss ๐Ÿ™‚ looks great, Evan!

I saw that chocolate bar at whole foods today and totally thought of you and how much you have been wanting to try it…I’m glad you finally got to!

French Toast Hazelnut Butter?? YES PLease! ๐Ÿ™‚ Youre a baking machine by the way.. i give ya credit!

Add pumpkin to anything and the results are (almost) always fantastic, i’m so happy to see cinnamon rolls, i haven’t had one in years and have certainly never baked them myself!

Ohhhh yum! FTHB – That sounds amazing! Isn’t food processing the best time in the kitchen ever! For nerds like us, anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

The MB I shop at is in a relatively non-busy area so it’s hardly ever a zoo – which is great!

Your french toast hazelnut butter looks de-licious ๐Ÿ™‚


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