September 03, 2012

Breakfast Danish, Homemade Creamer and Sesame Noodles

Today is the Secret Recipe Club reveal day, and what a reveal I have for you today!  When our group leader Jane sent out our partner blogs at the beginning of the month, I received Crystal's blog, Mrs. Happy Homemaker.  The day I received my blog assignment  I decided I didn't want to be last minute Shelby and not be ready for today so I went right to work and started looking for some recipes to make.  Crystal has a lot of yummy recipes to choose from but it happened to be a weekend morning so I went with a breakfast choice.


I double whammied it by making first the flavored homemade creamer (check out the link for the creamer recipe) I've been wanting to make for so long now.  What better to go with coffee than danish?  Crystal also had a recipe for cheese danish that sounded so easy that I had to try it out myself.  For the creamer I went with an almond flavor instead of vanilla and the cheese danish were half cheese and half apple.  I used mom's apple pie in a jar recipe for the apple portion of filling and just halved the cheese filling recipe on Crystal's blog.

After all that was said and done, a few weeks passed and I had a surprise email in my inbox from Jane, group A's leader.  The title was "new blog assignment".  For personal reasons Crystal had to pull from this month's participation so I had been reassigned a new blog for the month.
My new assigned blog, written by Wendy and titled The Weekend Gourmet has a ton of recipes that totally match me.  However, at first I wasn't sure I would be able to handle it because I didn't have a lot of time and that particular weekend was going though some medical prep that didn't allow me to eat.  I couldn't make something that I couldn't taste and tell you about!  However, after quickly looking over he blog I realized that she and I have a lot in common and she had a lot of pasta recipes that are drool worthy!  I immediately decided to make her Spicy Thai Peanut Noodle Salad so I could have it for lunch that week.  Wendy has so many delicious looking recipes on her blog that I will definitely be back there to especially make some of her seafood and pasta recipes!

Following the recipes below will be the blog hop that will direct you to other participants of this month's Secret Recipe Club!


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Breakfast Danish
A great recipe that easily adapts to your favorite fillings!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 packet fast acting yeast (or 2-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast)
  • 3-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • This amount will fill 1/2 of the danish recipe. Cheese Filling:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Glaze:
  • 3 cups confectioner sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Mom's Apple Pie in a Jar
Instructions
To make the dough:  Place all dry ingredients in large bowl (sugar, salt, 2 cups of flour, and yeast.Mix together wet ingredients:  eggs, milk, and butter.Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well.  Gradually add remaining cup of flour to dough.  Dough will start to come together - turn out onto floured board and knead well, adding more flour as needed until dough is no longer sticky.  Set dough aside in a oiled glass bowl in a draft free area.  Let rise until doubled.  About 1-1/2 to 2 hours.  While dough is rising, prepare filling.I made 1/2 the recipe for the cheese filling because I also had some of my Mom's Apple Pie in a Jar that I wanted to use to fill some of the danish.  For the apple filling, I emptied the jar into a saucepan and chopped the apples up more.  I also added about 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken it more. For the cheese filling:  Combine cream cheese filling ingredients together and mix until well incorporated.  When the dough is ready, punch it down (my favorite part!) and place dough on lightly floured counter.  Shape into a log using your hands.  This will work much better than a rolling pin.  Cut into 1 inch pieces - you should get about 2 dozen rolls.  Using your fingers, make a well in the center of the dough.  Place 1 tablespoon of desired filling in center of dough.Bake in 350 degree oven for 15-17 minutes.  I went the longer time to brown the rolls.  Remove from oven and cool.  To glaze:  mix confectioner sugar, milk and butter until well combined.  Drizzle over top of danish.  Store in airtight container - however these are best eaten within a couple of days.  You can always "freshen" the roll by microwaving it a couple of seconds.  You can also make it a dessert by topping the danish with a scoop of ice cream.  (did I say that?!)  ;)


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Spicy Thai Peanut Noodle Salad
adapted from The Weekend Gourmet
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound dry noodles, cooked according to package directions, tossed with 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (in a tube) or use fresh ginger you grate yourself
  • 1/2 tablespoon Siracha
  • 1 packet splenda
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
  • 1/4 cup pasta cooking water
  • 1/2 cup carrots, small dice
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, finely chopped
Instructions
Cook pasta according to package instructions.  Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid and then rinse pasta under cold water until no longer hot.  Toss with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.Mix together peanut butter through cilantro until well blended. Toss pasta, peanut butter sauce, onions and carrots together until pasta is well coated. Serve warm or cold. If serving cold, it is best to remove from refrigerator for about 20 minutes or give it a quick zap in the microwave for a minute to warm the sauce up enough to smoothly coat the noodles.Note: Prep time includes cook time for pasta.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6 servings
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