Lauren Bisset

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Cinnamon Buns

This week I wanted to make cinnamon buns. I have never attempted to make cinnamon buns before, or actually anything bread-based. I used this recipe from joyfoodsunshine, which I would definitely recommend. The author gives a bunch of tips and tricks for people making the recipe for the first time.

The recipe says it should take about 2 hours 40 minutes total including rise time, but since it was my first time making them it took me a lot longer!!! I figured out very quickly to use the recipe’s trick to make bread rise by putting a bowl of boiling water underneath the same towel as everything else.

Another one of the hardest parts was spreading the sugar-butter-cinnamon mixture onto the dough. I chose to use the harder method that the recipe suggests because it prevents leakage, but it definitely is really hard to spread the filling on the dough without ripping the dough.

However, I was able to spread everything pretty evenly and get a decent roll. Next time I would spread the dough a lot thinner and try and get more spirals in the buns.

This icing is possibly the most delicious cream cheese icing I’ve ever tried, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cream cheese icing.

Once they were done, I packed them all up to take to our Wednesday school visits, and my feedback was pretty good! Til next time.

 

 

Jambalaya!

For this week’s recipe, I have decided to make jambalaya! I had a recipe for jambalaya in a book I had as a kid, and I made it every once and awhile to help my mum out, and I remember everyone loving it so much.

I have adapted this recipe from The Forked Spoon, but I took out some of the garnish and spices it calls for, for budgetary reasons and because I know I can’t handle much spice!

The jambalaya turned out as delicious as I remembered, however I would not call it a very student-friendly dish. It takes a long time to make, considering you have to prep vegetables and THREE kinds of meat! As the rice cooks as well, you have to stir it every 5 minutes unfortunately, so you can’t really ever walk away from it. While it was delicious, I probably wouldn’t make it again unless I knew I had a lot of time on my hands. Also, make sure you use the biggest pot you own!!! This makes a LOT of food, and a big pot would definitely make this recipe easier.

This week I made a video to document my cooking. It has most of the steps in it, however I made a mistake putting the shrimp in too early so don’t copy me! If you want a really informative step-by-step of how to make this recipe, click on the link above. Next time I will definitely ensure to read the entire recipe before I start any cooking. Thanks for watching!

 

Pumpkin Spice Sweet Potato Muffins

For my next cooking/baking venture, I wanted to attempt some relatively healthy baking. I found this recipe for Cinnamon Sweet Potato Muffins on Pinterest, and thought that it looked perfect!

My roommate Tina really enjoyed the leftover sweet potato.

It doesn’t call for a crazy amount of ingredients, but you do have to cook and mash a sweet potato which I’m not used to doing while making muffins. I didn’t use pecans like the recipe calls for, which I think would be really yummy in this, I just don’t really like pecans! Also, I couldn’t find any old-fashioned oats at Walmart so I bought the “Super Grains” Quakers that comes with flax and quinoa in it, so there’s a little bit more health “oomph”! I put a little extra of the pumpkin pie spice in the mixture than the recipe calls as well, and it wasn’t crazy spicy, so feel free to go to town with the cinnamon and spice!

They turned out amazing! My only complaint is that the recipe instructs that you set half of the brown sugar aside to put on top of the mixture once its in the muffin tin, but a lot of it falls off when its done cooking. Next time I would definitely put a little bit more of the sugar inside the mixture and just do a little sprinkle on top.

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