I promise you we are cooking actual meals around here too and not just baking! We keep making trips to the store for more produce, tofu, chicken and fruit. We also keep making trips to the store just because we can. You forget the thrill of an errand or the thrill of someone else buying your food unless you have been a college student!
Fast Cinnamon Rolls
3/4 C cottage cheese (4% milk fat)
1/3 C lowfat buttermilk
1/4 C sugar
4 T unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 C all-purpose flour
1 C white whole wheat flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 T unsalted butter, melted
2/3 C packed light or dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp cloves
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray sides and bottom of 9-inch cake pan or 9 or 10-inch springform pan.
In a food processor, combine cottage cheese, buttermilk, sugar melted butter and vanilla processing until smooth, about 10 seconds. Add the flours, baking powder, salt and soda and pulse just until dough clumps together. Do not over process. The dough will be soft and sticky.
Scrape dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead with floured hands 5 or 6 times, or until smooth. Gently shape into a fat rectangle and dust lightly with flour. Use a rolling pin to form it into an even 12 x 15-inch rectangle.
Brush the dough with the 1 1/2 T melted butter leaving a 1/2-inch border without butter around the edges. In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the melted butter. Starting at long edge, roll up the dough pinching seams to seal and leaving ends open. With a bench scraper or sharp knife cut the dough in half and cut those pieces in half and then in three equal pieces to make 12 rolls. Set the pieces cut side up in the prepared pan. They will fill the pan and touch a bit or you might even be squeezing them into your pan (depends on the pan).
Bake until golden brown and firm, or 22-28 minutes. A little hint, if you can smell your baked goods they are most likely just about done. Cool pan on wire rack for 5 minutes.
Run a knife around the edge of the pan and remove the ring or turn the rolls out onto a serving plate (if using a cake pan).
|roll dough in processor|
|action shot courtesy of Sara|
|brushing melted butter on dough|
|bench scraper and cut dough|