Monthly Archives: March 2010

Maple Pecan Sticky Buns

This bread is addictive!  Luke and I went to a local sugar house to get the maple syrup that goes into this bread.  Sticky Buns are just the perfect dessert to have on a cold day.

Ingredients:

  • Active dry yeast: 1 packet
  • Sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Warm water: 1/4 cup
  • Sugar: 1/3 cup
  • Eggs: 2
  • Apple sauce: 1/3 cup
  • Nonfat plain yogurt: 1/2 cup
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Bread flour: 3 1/2 cups

Maple Topping:

  • Maple syrup: 1/2 cup
  • Brown sugar: 1/3 cup
  • Apple sauce: 1/3 cup
  • Salt: 1/4 tsp
  • Chopped pecans: 1 cup

Pecan nut filling:

  • Brown sugar: 1 cup
  • Chopped pecans: 1 cup
  • Apple sauce: 3 tbsp

Directions:

  • Mix the yeast, warm water, and 1 tbsp sugar together and let it sit
  • Mix the rest of the sugar, eggs, yogurt, salt, and apple sauce together and add it to the yeast mixture
  • Stir in the flour half cup at a time until a dough forms
  • Work the dough for about 10 min until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky
  • Let the dough rise in a warm place until it double in size
  • Punch the dough down and roll it out into a rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick
  • Spread the pecan nut filling evenly and roll the dough from the long side of the rectangle
  • Cut the roll into 12 equal pieces
  • Place the maple pecan topping into a thick baking pan and then place the roll pieces cut side down
  • Let it rise until double in size
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, serve warm

My Birthday Cake

H Mart in Burlington sells these amazing cakes that are so cute and so delicious.  I have been wanting a cake from there ever since the bakery opened last year.  Luke called and ordered me a cake from there for my birthday!  It was delicious!

Green Lentil Curry

I’ve had this bag of green lentil I bought from Whole Foods for a while now and finally got to make something out of it.  Originally I thought lentils are hard to cook, as in it takes a long time to cook it.  After doing some research online, I found that the trick is to soak the lentils before cooking.  The cooking time for this recipe is only about 25 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Green lentils: 2 cups
  • Curry powder: 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric: 1 tsp
  • Cumin: 1 tsp
  • Chili powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Garlic: 1 tbsp
  • Chickpeas: 1 can
  • Diced tomatoes: 1 can

Directions:

  • Soak the green lentils in water for at least 3 hours
  • Drain the water and add all the above ingredients
  • Fill the pot with water enough to cover everything in the pot
  • Cook for about 25 minutes until lentils are soft and enjoy!

Maple Almond Biscotti

What to do on a rainy weekend?  Bake up some biscotti and sit on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate of course!  This recipe uses Nasoya Silken Style Creations to replace the eggs so it is a vegan biscotti recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Flour: 2 cups
  • Fine yellow cornmeal: 3/4 cup
  • Baking powder: 1.5 tsp
  • Sliced almonds: 1/4 cup
  • Salt: 1 tsp
  • Nasoya Vanilla Silken Style Creations: 1 cup
  • Orange zest: 1 orange’s zest or at least 1 tbsp
  • Maple syrup: 1/4 cup

Directions:

  • Combine everything together except the maple syrup
  • Form the dough into 2 loaves, about 4 inches wide and 10 inches long
  • Bake the dough for 35 minutes at 350 degrees
  • Take out the dough and slice the cookie diagonally
  • Put the individual slices cut side down on the cookie sheet and bake again for 20 min
  • After the cookies cool down, use a pastry brush and brush one side of each cookie with maple syrup and enjoy