A couple cheater recipes... (Monkey Bread, Multi-Grain Pretzels)
I made two snacks today using "cheats" to save some time. These are always big hits with the kids. Neither is exactly a health food, but both are vegan and yummy. Great comfort foods for a dark, rainy day!
MONKEY BREAD (CHEAT)
1 tube refrigerator biscuits
1/4 c. sugar
1 T. cinnamon
12 t. brown sugar (2 t. in each muffin)
2 T. Earth Balance or your favorite vegan butter
Spray a regular size muffin tin (for 6 muffins) with Pam. Cut the 2 T. butter into 6 equal portions and place in tins. Sprinkle 2 t. brown sugar on top of the butter. Place the cinnamon and sugar in a baggie and mix together. Cut each biscuit into 4-6 pieces and shake them pieces in the cinnamon and sugar mixture until evenly coated. Portion out the biscuit pieces evenly into the 6 prepared muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Immediately flip hot bread onto a plate so the brown sugar and butter drizzle over the top. Serve warm.
MULTI-GRAIN PRETZELS (CHEAT)
(I set these rolls out in the morning to rise and then roll them out and shape them when the kids go down for nap. I bake them right before snack time so they are warm. It's really only a couple minutes of work each time, so not labor intensive at all. I'm not sure if these store well because I've never had any leftovers!)
Frozen Rhodes Mult-Grain Rolls bread dough (from the freezer section)
1/3 c. baking soda
5 c. water
Smart Balance Butter and Sea Salt to taste
Each bread roll will be one pretzel. Place desired number of frozen rolls onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with Pam, leaving room for bread to rise. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap that has been sprayed with Pam so it doesn't stick to the dough. Let rise about 4-5 hours. Then roll each out into a long tube about 18 inches long. Make into pretzel shapes (or letters or numbers or something else fun) and place back on sprayed pan to rise a second time. Cover with plastic wrap again and let rise about 2 hours.
In a non-aluminum stock pot, dissolve 1/3 cup baking soda in 5 cups water. Bring water to a boil, and then remove from heat. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dip each of the pretzels in the baking soda water and then place on a lightly sprayed baking sheet. Cook about 8-10 minutes or until desired doneness. Dip in melted butter and sprinkle with salt.