FROM THE COOKBOOK SHELF
Judith Fertig has to be one of the most versatile cookbook
authors in the country. Fertig is a food and lifestyle
writer. She has written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine,
Saveur, Vegetarian Times and New York Times. Her previous
books include Prairie Home Cooking, Prairie Home
Breads, Heartland and six barbecue titles she wrote with
Her latest cookbook is I Love Cinnamon Rolls (Andrews
McMeel Publishing, $19.99, September 2012). This decadent
cookbook is filled with 50 variations on the classic
sticky bun, even whole wheat, vegan and gluten-free ones,
so no one misses out on these delicious treats!
I’m accustomed to working with larger yeast dough
recipes but this one is great for a beginner because it makes
only one dozen large size rolls.
TRADITIONAL CINNAMON ROLL DOUGH
•1 cup whole milk
•4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
•1/3 cup granulated sugar
•1 teaspoon salt
•2 large eggs
•3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
•2-1/2 teaspoons instant or bread machine yeast
In a 4-cup measuring cup, combine the milk, butter,
sugar and salt. Microwave on High for 1 minute or until
warm. Whisk in the eggs.
Place the flour and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer
fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the liquid ingredients.
Mix on low speed, stopping to scrape down the sides
of the bowl from time to time, until the dough forms a soft
mass and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, 5
to 6 minutes.
Remove the paddle attachment and switch to the
dough hook. Sprinkle the dough with a tablespoon of flour,
if necessary, to keep it from sticking to the sides of the
bowl. When the dough is smooth, not sticky, and springs
back when you press it with your finger, you’ve kneaded
it enough (4 to 6 minutes). Place the bowl in a large, oiled
mixing bowl, cover with a tea cloth and let rise in a warm,
place (about 85ºF) for 45 to 60 minutes, or until it has almost
Proceed with a cinnamon roll recipe. Dough makes 6
jumbo, 12 large, 16 to 20 medium or 48 mini rolls.
Source: I Love Cinnamon Buns by Judith Fertig (Andrews
McMeel Publishing, $19.99, September 2012).
SAVING MORE WHEN GROCERY SHOPPING
Like Chief and Rays shoppers, I’m always looking for
bargains and stock up on foods I like when it’s on sale and
then plan my meals around the specials. Whether you cook
for one or two or for a family this is the way to beat the
rising cost of what we eat. Chief and Rays call attention
to what you save by circling the amount on your receipt
when you check out. Weekend, 4-hour and one-day-only
sales increase your opportunities to save in addition to
the weekly ad. Use your coupons valued at 50 cents or less
when they’re worth three times as much instead of double.
Regarding coupons, I throw out more than I use because if
it isn’t a healthy food or one that I normally buy, it doesn’t
make sense to use it! One exception is a coupon to save on
a new product. I recently succumbed to the TV commercial
for Nabisco Chocolate Covered Oreos that had a family exclaiming
“wow,” “shut the door” and “Franklin Delano!”
Add “holy Toledo” for the mint flavored ones I bought!
Look for specials in the meat department. When various
cuts are reaching their best-used-by time, they’re often
offered at bargain prices. Buy and use immediately or store
in the freezer right away until needed.
Also, concentrate your shopping around the perimeter
of the store where food is more nutritionally dense.
PUT ON A HAPPY FACE FOR HALLOWEEN
I don’t care for scary Halloween decorations inside or
out. You’re not going to find cut-out witches or black cat
cookies at my house …. nor a cake decorated like a grave
yard, either. Instead, I’ll be making the same pumpkinshaped
cut-outs that I made for my children when they
were small and when I was a room mother at school. Although
ghosts belong in the spooky category, I do make
Nutter Butter Ghost Cookies because they’re so darned
good to eat!
NUTTER BUTTER GHOSTS
•1 package Nabisco Nutter Butter Cookies
•1 package almond bark (candy coating)
•Mini chocolate chips
Melt candy coating per instructions on the package. Dip
3/4th of cookie into melted coating and then lay on waxed
paper. Add two mini chips to resemble eyes. Let harden before
storing. Recipe makes 18 servings. Make extra because
they’ll go fast!
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