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hands off my buns!

For a nod to the upcoming Easter holiday, I decided to whip up a batch of hot cross buns… these spicy orbs of golden delight take a bit of time to prepare, but the outcome is entirely worth the effort!
The standards for creating these little heartbreakers are flour, sugar, salt, some mixed spices [pumpkin pie spice works as well], yeast, butter, an egg, whole milk, water, raisins, currants, as well as lemon and orange zest!
Everything for the dough is combined in the mixer, minus the fruits and zests… After a good ten-twelve minutes of kneading in the mixer, the fruits and zests are added in until incorporated. Once combined, a layer of plastic wrap covers the dough and it’s off for a nap in a warm spot until the dough rises in volume…
The dough, once risen, is separated and rolled into mounds, then set aside to rise again. As soon as they have risen the second time, a cross is piped along the tops of each bun and it’s off to get baking!
As soon as the buns are golden, a quick brushing of a syrupy glaze is gently slathered over each to finish off these treasures!
Warm out of the oven with a spread of butter or preserves [or hell both] is the best way to enjoy… guaranteed these don’t make it until Sunday!

at a low simmer…
-R

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what are you bananas!!

With a few bananas remaining from the cake I made this past weekend, I decided rather than tossing then out they’d do better mashed up into a wonderful banana bread! This wasn’t just any banana bread, but rather a boozy banana bread…
I soaked sweet little golden raisins in some delicious bourbon. Once plumped up and juicy, they went into my batter that was full of the mashed bananas, chopped pecans, vanilla, two eggs, one cup of flour, two teaspoons of baking powder, a half teaspoon of baking soda and salt, one stick of melted butter and sugar.
Once everything was combined, it was into a loaf pan and then off for a nap for fifty minutes on 325. After a quick test for complete doneness, I had to taste! There was very little willpower, but tasting this freshly baked beauty was a necessity. Served up with some vanilla-infused mascarpone made this luxurious delight even more spectacular!
The boozy raisins offered a wonderful addition to the sweetness of the bananas. This definitely will be on my breakfast menu tomorrow!

at a low simmer…
-R

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grillin’ season in full effect!

What a great beginning to the weekend! Beers were at noon and margaritas by three o’clock… perhaps will be the same idea today!
For last night’s dinner [since I was on a time crunch]… grilled sausages [chicken of course] topped with relishy goodness. As a side, a healthy helping of steamed broccoli tossed with raisins for a dose of sweetness…
Since yesterday we reached the seventies and today [and tomorrow] scheduled to be in the eighties [and I’m not talking disco and freestyle] tonight will be another grillin’ night and I already have a plan for that…

at a low simmer…

-R

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now that’s a tasty burger!

With spring quickly approaching, and mild temperatures gracing our days as of late, I am getting my ‘grill-on’… Whether it’s chicken, fish, steaks or even vegetables there is always a way to elevate what you are preparing!
I decided tonight was perfect for a nice, juicy burger. So how to change it up a bit was my challenge… Once I stepped into the market, I muddled around to try and find small elements to make a regular burger, well, better… First thing I grabbed… a mesclun salad mix, instead of regular butter lettuce to top the burger off, next a nice sharp cheddar to replace plain old american cheese, and my last pick… thinly sliced pancetta which would take the place of sliced bacon and offer a wonderfully extra salty kick!
As a side… a crispy broccoli/cauliflower salad made up of shredded cabbage and carrots, raisins/craisins, as well as sunflower seeds tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing!
What a satisfying and flavorful dish. Looking forward to many more spring and summer meals like this!

at a low simmer…
-R

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