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Food, Ranch Life, Treats

Raspberry Snowflake Pull Apart Makes for a Great Breakfast

This pretty looking breakfast treat just makes anyones morning! Does it take time? YES! Making fresh raspberry jam and making the dough all pretty much by hand does take some work. But, it is SO worth it! I promise you! Our family loved it! Plus, it’s pretty…keep telling yourself that when you make it!

 

 

Ingredients:

Dough:

1 ¼ cups of warm water

2 ¼ teaspoons of active dry yeast

1 teaspoon of ground cardamom

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

grated nutmeg

4 ½ to 5 cups of all purpose flour

1 large egg plus 3 large egg yolks

3 tablespoons of honey

3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Filling and Glaze:

¾ cups of chucky raspberry jam

½ teaspoons of ground cardamom

grated nutmeg

1 large egg yolk

4 to 5 tablespoons of  almond milk

¾ cups of confectioners’ sugar

½ teaspoons of lemon juice

 

Directions:

For the dough: Stir together the water, yeast, and granulated sugar in a pouted measuring cup. Let it sit until the yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes.

Combine the salt, cardamom and 3 ½ cups of flour in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted wit the paddle attachment and mix briefly on low speed to combine.

Beat together the 1 egg, 3 yolks, honey, and oil into a medium bowl. Stir in the yeast mixture, mixing in low speed until combined. Add 1 more cup of flour and mix on medium speed to make a sticky dough that comes together in a loose mass around the paddle.

Switch to the dough hook and knead on medium speed to make a smooth but still somewhat sticky dough that clears the sides of the bowl, adding up to ½ cups of more flour if necessary, about 4 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Dump the dough onto a floured work surface and knead by hand a few times to make a smooth ball. Oil a large bowl and turn the dough ball in the oil to coat it.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

For filling and glaze: Meanwhile, stir together the jam and cardamom in a small bowl.

Shape the dough: When the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it into 4 equal pieces. Line an flat baking sheet with parchment paper.

Form the dough pieces into balls on a floured work surface. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll one ball into a 10-inch circle and place on the prepared baking sheet.

Spread with a third of the filling, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Roll out another dough disc in the same manner and place on top of the first; top with the second third of the filling. Repeat wit a third dough disc and the remainng filling.

Roll out te remaining dough disc and place it on top of the last layer of filling.

Center the bottom of a small drinking glass (about 2 inches in diameter) in the middle of the dough to mark the center. At the 12 o=clock mark, cut through the dough with a very sharp knife from the edge of the glass to the edge of the dough circle, leaving the dough underneath of the glass uncut. Repeat at the 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock points on the circle to make 4 quarters. Cut through the middle of each quarter in the same manner to make 8 equal wedges. Cut through each wedge one more time in the same manner to make 16 wedges.

 

Remove the drinking glass. Lift the edges of 2 wedges that are next to each other and twist them away from each other twice, then pinch the ends tighter to reconnect them and make a pointed tip. Repeat with the remaining pairs of wedges. Cover the dough with oiled plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

 

Stir tighter the confectioners’ sugar, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of milk in a small bowl, adding up to 1 tablespoon more of milk or confectioners’ sugar if needed so that the glaze is the correct consistency to slowly drizzle off the end of the spoon. Drizzle the glaze all over the bread and let harden, about 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

So…yep it’s a lot of work…but your guests and family will adore you! Such a pretty way to start your morning!

 

I hope it turned out. Let me know if you tried it!
Love deeper, talk SWEETER with this tasty treat,
Lee

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Ranch Life
Oh boy, do I remember the old time ornament and napkin ring idea! Entertaining guest, giving them as a gift, can dress up any holiday table. Ornament Essential oils A simple recipe, fun and safe for kids, and of course a wonderful way to teach children the art of giving. ornament essential oils Coming into a season of giving I wanted to create ideas for gift giving, table decor, and an activity to do with youth. Since we are past the little ones in the home and yet to have grandchildren, I thought of this old recipe to have the youth make for their loved ones. Plus, these little gems can be used all season and adding a heart or snowflake to the mix of cookie cutters…well… this could be an ongoing gift through the long winter months. Enjoy making these and being creative of how you can add them to packages, place them throughout your home for wonderful scents, or simple ornament to decorate your tree. ornament essential oils Recipe: 1 cup of flour 1 cup of salt 1/2 cup warm water Mix flour and salt together, add water slowly while mixing with your hands. Form a ball, make sure they are not too sticky. Roll out dough onto floured surface and make your cut outs. After you place cutouts onto your cookie tray, make a hole by using a straw. You can also stamp on the cut out to give a little Scandinavian look. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours or leave out on a tray for 2 or so days. After they dry, add a drop or 2 of essential oils to each one. We love using lemoncinnamon, peppermint, clove, and orange. Either individually or combining a couple. You can also paint them with acrylics to add a flash of color. NOTE: The organic oils are more expensive so in doing crafts, diffusing type of use I use the less expensive essential oils. When putting them in my teas, foods, or lotions I like to use the organic essential oils. Be creative! Ornament essential oils I am sure you will come up with great ideas! Send me pictures in the comments below…Love to see what you came up with! Adding ribbon or a pin back can be a way someone can use your napkin ring for other gift ideas. Attaching the ornament to a gift is my favorite way to use them. God’s blessings as you celebrate all the Lord has given you and your family! Love deeper, talk sweeter, Lee
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Bible Journaling, Hope, Ministry
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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
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Food, Grillin' One, Ranch Life
Is your mouth watering yet? This recipe uses my favorite combination of chocolate and fresh oranges which sets the stage for a great breakfast! I did a cream cheese filling instead of whipping cream to make them more filling and to give it more fluff in the middle. The traditional crepe with whipping cream is awesome, but today I switched it up a bit. Let me know what you think…my family went nuts! It was a great start to our weekend of Christmas decorating! Festive Orange Chocolate Crepes Ingredients: 1 Cup Almond Milk ½ Cup of half and half or Whipping cream 5 eggs, beaten 1 Tablespoon butter, melted Plus more for your pan 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 Cup of All Purpose Flour 5 Tablespoons of Cocao Powder  Dash of salt For Filling: 4 ounces of Cream Cheese 1 tablespoon of Maple Syrup 1 Medium Orange, zested 1 Tablespoon of Freshly squeezed orange juice 1 ½ cup of Heavy Whipping cream Instructions: CREPES: In a small bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and melted butter, and essential oil. Set aside In a separate bowl, sift together your flour, cacao powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in your dry ingredient bowl and slowly pour your liquid mixture together, stirring as you pour. I use a wire whip while doing the stirring and the bowl moves freely around on its own, kinda cool! Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 30 minutes. Make your filling. For Filling: Beat together cream cheese, maple syrup until smooth. Add orange juice and zest. Add whipping cream until small peaks form. TRY not to eat this as you blend….HA didn’t work for me! Set in the refrigerator as you make the crepes. To Make Your Crepe: 1.When making your crepe, your butter your cast iron pan well. (We use this one perfect for this kind of thing) The pan must be hot to make a perfect crepe. 2. Pour 1/4 cup of your crepe mixture onto hot pan. 3. Roll the pan until the mixture is moving around forming the shape of the pan. 4. Because the mixture is dark you will cook for only about a minute. Flip do another side 5.Layout a crepe onto your plate and spread a generous amount of filling into the center of a done crepe 6. Roll up. 7. Sprinkle your powder sugar on top and add more orange zest. We had extra pomegranates so I spread them on the plate too. More festive!
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