Friday, November 28, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake

Part cinnamon roll and part coffee cake, this recipe was a winner.  A plus?  It makes two cinnamon roll cakes.  So one went in the freezer for Christmas morning and the other was frosted and served Thanksgiving morning.  We had family in town so I served it with some eggs and coffee and we were good to go for breakfast.  My family loved it and they thought it was filling, which was good for running to the airport and getting ready for all that Thanksgiving prep.  I was short one stick of butter so I made only half the amount of cinnamon filling.  But it actually worked out better since my family doesn't like their breakfasts too sweet.  I found the recipe here, on shugarysweets.com and some people mentioned there was too much cinnamon so it actually worked out.  Who knew not having enough butter would be a good thing?  There's a first time for everything.  There was also enough left over for breakfast the next day, too.


Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cake


Ingredients
         For the Cakes:
  • 3 cup flour plus 2 Tbsp, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon

  • For the Icing:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. For the cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8inch cake pans, lining the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In mixer, blend 3 cup flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, milk, eggs, vanilla and 1/4 cup melted butter. Divide batter evenly between cake pans.
  3. In another mixing bowl, beat 1 cup butter with brown sugar, 2 Tbsp flour, and cinnamon. Continue to beat until fully blended and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Using two tablespoons, drop butter mixture onto cake batter. Use a knife to swirl.
  4. Bake cakes for about 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pans 10 minutes. Flip cakes out onto serving plates.
  5. For icing, whisk the powdered sugar with 1/4 cup milk and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Drizzle over warmed cakes. Enjoy! 
This is the original recipe but like I mentioned above you can use one stick less of butter for the cakes if you would like it on the lighter side. 





Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Crepes and Chocolates-A Visit to Crepe De France and Fran's

I just spent a rainy afternoon in downtown Seattle.  I wanted to bring my boys to Pike Place Market and show it off, even though they don't really know what they're seeing yet.  When they're a little older they will appreciate the fish being thrown through the air, the musicians performing on every corner and the fresh doughnuts, also being thrown though the air, into bags. 


But today, we had to maneuver the crowds in our double stroller and try and stay dry.  It being lunchtime, we were starved and looking for the perfect spot.  I'd always noticed a crepe place that looked fun and most likely delicious, because aren't all crepes delicious?  Crepe De France ended up working out so nice.  We were the only customers so we had the place to ourselves.  The workers doted over us and made sure everything was perfect.  And it was.  My husband and I shared a Mimosa and an Americana.  We each had a savory crepe- he had the salmon and I ate the ham and cheese.  Each crepe comes with two so one had ricotta and the other, mozzarella.  The boys loved the crepes, too.  All four of us loved the crepes.  Crepe De France is a hidden gem in the market. 


After lunch we walked a couple of blocks north to Fran's Chocolate's in the Four Seasons Hotel.  My husband tried a dark chocolate bar with dried fruit in the past that he had to go get again.  We bought a bar and it was tasty.  I loved the dried cranberries and apricots on top.  It was a specialty chocolate and well worth the price.  A couple years ago, we went to Fran's and got salted caramels that were downright decedent and unforgettable.  Today they gave samples of chocolate truffles, so we walked away full and sated from our afternoon in downtown. 









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