Friday, May 20, 2011

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!

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
Pam spray

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.

(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)
Pam spray
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.

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