Posts Tagged ‘sweets’

No Rise Cinnamon Rolls

July 13, 2010

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No matter what drama or problems you’re going through in life, one thing is certain.  Carbs are comforting.

More specifically -for me at least – a cinnamon roll is akin to the yellow “comfort blankey” of my early childhood.  There’s just something about the smell of cinnamon, sugar and YES butter, that warms the heart, calms the mind… and admittedly grows the love handles :-).

The only problem is that for some reason I HATE working with bread dough, roll dough… or any other kind of dough that involves yeast (don’t ask b/c I honestly don’t know).  For obvious reasons, this has somewhat limited my cinnamon roll baking frequency.  Until now.

I actually stumbled upon this recipe in a cookbook a friend loaned me recently: The Ladies Aide Society Cookbook from the Central Schwenkfelder Church (Pennsylvania).

What fascinated me about this recipe was that there was no egg and no yeast.  I was, admittedly, skeptical about how good this type of recipe would actually taste… but I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.


  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup crushed pecans

What you’ll need to clean up afterward:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Baking Sheet

Step One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step Two: In mixing bowl cream butter and cottage cheese (helps if butter is room temperature before attempting to cream).

Step Three: Stir in flour and mix together with hands.

Step Four: Refrigerate for 2-3 hours (I leave it in overnight).

Step Five: Sprinkle dough and rolling surface with flour (on both sides of dough).  Roll dough into a rectangle… should be about 1/8 inch thick (as thin as you can make it without it falling apart).

Step Six: Sprinkle, cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar and pecans evenly across rectangle.

Step Seven: Beginning at one of the shorter ends of the rectangle, roll the dough into one log (as you would for pinwheels).

Step Eight: Cut 1/2 inch medallions and place on well buttered cookie sheet.

Step Nine: Bake for 28-30 minutes.  Remove when a light golden color.  Cool on rack before serving.

-Eat Hearty!


Monkey Bread…a moment of weakness

April 8, 2010

Generally speaking, my coworkers suffer on those days when I know an egg white sandwich or yogurt just isn’t going to cut it for breakfast.  On THOSE days, I decide to bake… and my co-marketing department members take on the role of “partners-in-crimes-against-the-waistline”.  It is what it is.

Today’s episode of Making the office plump is brought to you by my Mom’s RIDICULOUSLY SIMPLE monkey bread recipe.  When I make this — which is more often than I care to admit — I can literally whip it up in 40 minutes before work, start to finish.


  • 2 cans of Biscuits (the cheap “four pack kind” works)
  • 1 stick of butter (I warned you)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cinnamon sugar mix (cinnamon to your preference)

What will you have to clean afterward:

  • one bundt pan
  • one medium size mixing bowl

Preheat the oven to the heat specified on the biscuit tube

Step One: heavily grease your bundt pan with butter be sure to get all the crevices.

Step Two: Spread the walnuts evenly across the bottom of the bundt pan and sprinkle about half the brown sugar over the nuts (you love brown sugar — as  I do — you can use all and get a little more to layer in).

Step three: Using kitchen shears, cut the biscuits into uneven pieces (you should get 3-4 pieces per biscuit), roll them in cinnamon/sugar mixture and spread them evenly in the bundt pan (on top of nuts and brown sugar).  You can also layer in brown sugar to taste with the biscuits.

Step four: Melt the stick of butter and pour evenly over the biscuits (it will seep down and make it sticky and yummy).

Step Four: Put the pan in the over for 20-22 minutes.  Remove and let cool on a rack for 10 minutes before flipping onto a plate and serving.

This is really great to share as guests -or co-workers- can simply pick pieces off with a fork  (if we’re being polite) or their fingers (if we’re being realistic).

-Eat Hearty!