Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread-Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Sugary Wonderfulness

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I first saw this recipe on Pinterest.

I loved the idea of it because even though I love cinnamon rolls, I kind of hate the outside edges.

They are typically really tough and more bready than cinnamon sugary.

I have to say, it’s a *bit* more work than I expected, but the results were definitely worthwhile.

The picture doesn’t do it justice though. I was in a hurry and it was pouring outside so I couldn’t get the right lighting or focus going.

You’ll just have to take my word for it that what lies in between those layers is ooey gooey cinnamon sugary wonderfulness.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread

adapted from Joy the Baker 

Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted until browned

Directions:

  1. First you are going to want to combine your dry ingredients (2 cups flour, sugar, yeast & salt) in a large bowl
  2. Now whisk up your eggs and set them aside.
  3. Heat your butter & milk in the microwave until butter is melted and add your vanilla after you take it out
  4. Add your butter/milk/vanilla mixture to the dry ingredient mixture and mix with a spatula
  5. Add eggs & stir, the mixture will be kind of soupy
  6. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of flour and stir with a spatula for a bit. I ended up pulling mine out to knead it for a bit. About 5-10 minutes should do the trick. Knead into a ball.
  7. Let the dough rise in a well oiled bowl covered with plastic wrap. Put it in a warm, draft free location.
  8. Give it about an hour to double in size.
  9. Punch the dough down and knead in the additional 2 tablespoons of flour. Let it rest for about 5 minutes.
  10. Roll the dough out until it is about 12 inches tall and 20 inches wide (my dough did not want to do that…that’s why my bread isn’t all nice and uniform looking. Do the best you can).
  11. Mix your filling (sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg) together in a small bowl.
  12. Spread your melted butter all over the dough, then sprinkle the filling all over
  13. Slice the dough vertically in 6 rows and stack the dough strips on top of each other
  14. Cut the stacked dough into 6 equal parts.
  15. Grease a 9x5x3-inch (22x12x8) loaf pan.
  16. Place the dough squares in the loaf pan like a “flip-book”
  17. Throw a towel over the top and allow to rest for 30-45 minutes
  18. Place in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown
  19. Allow to cool before pulling apart and serving!

Yum! It tastes best the day you make it, but you can heat the leftovers in the microwave for a few seconds and it tastes freshly baked even days later!

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Garlic Cheddar "Copycat Red Lobster" Biscuits

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Can I just tell you the truth?

I mean, I’ve been living this lie for awhile and I honestly think it’s about time I come clean.

I don’t really like Red Lobster. I use them for their biscuits.

Phew! I am SO glad to get that off my chest.

Who wouldn’t love those yummy, buttery, cheesy biscuits? It’s a fabulous marketing technique. Give the people something for free that is so absolutely scrumptious that they don’t really care if their entree isn’t up to par.

I have outsmarted them though.

For so long I’ve seen copycat cheddar biscuit recipes on the internet. Of course, I never tried them. I worried that A.) they wouldn’t be good OR B.) They WOULD be good and that many cheddar biscuits in my house seemed like a recipe for cardiac arrest.

Today though, I happened upon this recipe from Two Of A Kind Working On A Full House.

I loved that the recipe didn’t require I make 3 dozen biscuits and even suggested making them in a mini muffin tin.

Now I don’t have a mini muffin tin, so I just made mine in a regular muffin tin, but the results were still absolutely stellar.

In fact, after I handed the biscuit to my husband, he’s only response was, “wow…this is it. This is it“.

’nuff said.

I bet you $10, you have the ingredients to make this on hand. So make it. Now.

Garlic Cheddar “Copycat Red Lobster” Biscuits

adapted from Two Of A Kind Working On A Full House

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400.
  2. Combine all of your dry ingredients together.
  3. Cut” in the COLD butter using two forks or whatever technique works best for you. You want the flour to take on a crumbly consistency. Don’t overwork it, you don’t want the butter to warm.
  4. Add your milk and cheese and mix until the flour is fully moistened (once again…don’t overwork it.).
  5. Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray.
  6. If you have a mini muffin tin, you can drop by the tablespoon full. I did not, so I made 10 biscuits just by eyeballing even portions.
  7. I let it cook about 15 minutes and it was done perfectly. I say start checking at around 10 minutes. They should be slightly golden brown on top.
  8. Eat and enjoy!

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Quick & Easy “French Bread” Pizza

Tot Tuesday is a weekly feature where I highlight a special kids activity, frugal recipe for kids, kids tutorial, etc.


Do your kids like pizza? Why am I even asking? Of course they do! If you are anything like me though, inevitably when they ask I either A. don’t feel like making the crust and don’t have any frozen or B. Don’t feel like spending money on expensive delivery.

So today when my son asked for pizza, I quickly improvised with food I already had laying around! I call these French Bread Pizzas because they are made on leftover french bread rolls from some sandwiches we had late last week. You could easily do this on hot dog buns or really any kind of leftover bread you have laying around though. If it looks like pizza, and it has cheese and sauce…most kids don’t care!

Quick & Easy “French Bread” Pizza (sub any kind of bread you like for French Bread)

Ingredients:

  • Bread…I used french bread sub rolls
  • Tomato sauce
  • part skim mozzarella
  • salt & pepper
  • italian seasoning
  • Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

Toast your bread on the side that you will be putting the sauce and cheese on first. I made mine on our electric grill. You could put garlic butter on the bread first to make it even tastier, but my kids just want a delivery vehicle for cheese and sauce so I didn’t.

Meanwhile, take your tomato sauce and add your salt & pepper & italian seasoning to taste. Throw in a dash of Worcestershire sauce.

Flip bread over when it’s toasted and spread tomato sauce on bread. Top with cheese. Let the bread sit and toast for a bit on the other side while the cheese melts.

Voila! Quick and easy. Kids get pizza, you use up leftover bread!

Silly Silly Applesauce Muffins

This morning I decided I was going to take advantage of the “extra” hour given by DST and wake up earlier than my kiddos. I only ended up getting 40 minutes (try telling my kids we get an extra hour of sleep..they aren’t buying it!), but they were the most productive 40 minutes I’ve had in a LONG time.

In 40 minutes, I:

1. Read my Bible Verses
2. Did a quick 10 minute exercise DVD from Netflix
3. Took a shower!

The only thing that would have made the morning more productive is if breakfast had been ready by the time the kids woke up. Noah requested Silly Silly Muffins, and unfortunatley I have no recipe for that (what kind of mommy am I!). I was able to convince him that Applesauce Muffins were really quite silly…so we pulled out the ingredients and got to work! Here’s our recipe:

Silly Silly Applesauce Muffins
(we use cupcake liners and it makes about 12)

  • 1 1/2 cups flour (we do half wheat half white)
  • 1 tspn baking powder
  • 1/2 tspn baking soda
  • 1/2 tspn salt 
  • 1 tspn cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbspn butter
  • 2 cups apple sauce
  • 2 small apples diced
  • 2 eggs
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix dry ingredients together
  3. Add wet ingredients and apples and mix until batter is just moistened
  4. Line cupcake pan with liners and spoon in batter
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes
  6. Let cool and enjoy!
I thought this recipe would be a great addition to the frugal recipes here on Family Friendly Frugality! 

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