Butterscotch Cinnamon Twists with Grandma Ruth’s Icing

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I have a well-documented history of food experimentation, and this is the latest in my pursuit of kitchen Dr. Frankenstein madness. I love cinnamon rolls, but sometimes they can be a bit too bready or dry, so I wanted to try a twist, rather than a roll, with really goopy filling and tons of glaze. What is a more gooey filling than sticky-buns? My mom’s recipe kills, so I went with that for the filling and the ever-famous Grandma Ruth’s icing (with one minor tweak). I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I’m going to say that these twists may have broken a friends’s long-standing diet, and received their fair share of accolades. These will be the perfect weekend baking project, so get crackin’ y’all!

Ingredients

        Butterscotch Cinnamon filling:

  • 1 small pkg. butterscotch pudding (regular or instant)
  • 1 ½ cubes butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 t. cinnamon

    Brioche:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs (room temp)
  • 3 1/2 – 3 3/4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups soft butter

    Grandma Ruth’s Icing (barely altered):

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 6-7 cups powdered sugar

Directions

Butterscotch filling:

In a saucepan melt butter and add brown sugar and cinnamon. Add nuts and butterscotch pudding and mix until combined. Cover and let ingredients “settle” for 4 hours or overnight. (You want the butterscotch pudding mix to have time to incorporate with the rest of the ingredients.)

Brioche dough:

Heat milk until lukewarm (about 100 degrees). In a large bowl lightly whisk together sugar and warm milk. Add 1 cup of flour, mix until smooth. Lightly beat the eggs then mix into the milk mixture until combined. Add in instant yeast and another cup of flour and continue to mix, adding salt and a half a cup of flour and mix till the dough comes together. Knead dough in machine for 3 minutes, incrementally adding the rest of the flour—dough should be sticky. Add 1/4 of the soft butter, mix until the the butter is completely incorporated, then add another 1/4 of butter, continue till all 1 1/2 c. of the butter is mixed in. Pour dough into greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit in fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to approximately a 18×12″ rectangle. (To be honest, I totally eyeballed all of these measurements and they can be adjusted to whatever you find easiest) Spread butterscotch filling evenly all over the dough. On the wide side, cut dough into three portions, then cut about 8 strips in each of those three portions. To assemble, lay two strips together—the filling facing inward—then twist. Place each twist on a prepared baking sheet and let rise for about 45 minutes. Bake twists for 15-20 minutes or until golden and filling is bubbling. Cool twists on a tray (could be a two spatula job to transfer while hot). Drizzle generously with icing while still warm.

Grandma Ruth’s Icing:

In a large saucepan put evaporated milk, sugar, salt and flour. Mix on medium heat until mixture is bubbling and thick. Stirring constantly, add butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Once it’s done—as instructed by 2.0 in the recipe for the original, glorious Cinnamon Rolls—pour it through a strainer and push it with a rubber spatula to get all the lumps out so it’s nice and smooth. Drizzle over warm twists.

-CK 1.0

 

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Caramel Sauce

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The blessed Season of the Pumpkin is upon us! There are spiced drinks, teas, cookies, etc. But have you had a Pumpkin Bread Pudding? Have you had one that has been drizzled lovingly with Cinnamon Caramel Sauce? Have you had your mind blown yet? Well, we Two Carolines are here for you—here for your pumpkin addiction needs, here to support you cozying up to all things spiced up for fall. Basically, we are here to Spice up Your Life like some other friends of yours from the 90’s.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding recipe:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 1-lb loaf pumpkin bread (recipe below), cubed and dried out for at least one day

Butter a 3 quart baking dish. Whisk eggs in large bowl to blend. Add milk, sugar, cream, and vanilla. Whisk to blend well. Add bread chunks and set sit covered, in the refrigerator, for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Scoop coated bread chunks into prepared baking dish, push down the bread crumbs, compacting the mixture. Add a little extra custard on top, and press down some more. Toss any extra custard. Fill a 9×13 pan filled halfway with water and place on the bottom rack, place the bread pudding on the middle rack. Cook for 1 hour, 30 minutes, or until it is set (maybe another 15 minutes). Before serving, dribble some cinnamon caramel sauce over the top. Freak out.

Cinnamon Caramel Sauce recipe:

  • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1 cube butter
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 1 t. cinnamon

Stir brown sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add cream and cinnamon and bring to simmer. simmer until sauce thickens and is reduced to 1 ½ cups, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

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Pumpkin Bread recipe:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 14 oz. can pumpkin
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. cloves
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees (350 for high altitude) and grease one large loaf pan; set aside. Mix dry ingredients into a large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and oil. Beat with until well blended. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake in for 1 1/4 hours to 1 1/2 hours. Put toothpick in center to see if bread is done. Let cool before slicing. Recipe can be doubled easily, and so delicious when adding chocolate chips or a streusel!

-CK 1.0

 

Chewy Crispy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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You guys, my mama is in town and it’s the best. I wanted to make a little treat for her arrival and I know that Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are her very favorite. I have been on the hunt for a recipe for a while, looking for something that would stand out and impress my mom’s superb palate. I wanted to have a hint of cinnamon, a chewy yet crispy (the most important part!) texture, and the right balance of ingredients. I adapted this recipe from Sarabeth’s Bakery and I’m so pleased with it! Most importantly though—my mom asked for the recipe—so I know this one is a winner!
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1 1/4 cups old-fashioned (rolled) oats
16 tbsp (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
1 1/2 cups seedless raisins
1/3 cup sliced almonds
Position racks in the center and top third of the oven and preheat to 350F. Line two half-sheet pans with parchment paper.

Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and wheat germ into a bowl, then add the oats and stir well to combine.

Beat the butter in the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Gradually add both sugars, then vanilla. Beat, occasionally scrapping the bottom and sides of the bowl, until the mixture is pale yellow and very light-textured, about 3 minutes. Gradually beat in the eggs. Reduce the mixer speed to low. In thirds, beat the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, beating just until each addition is incorporated. Mix in the raisins and slivered almonds. Do not over mix.

Using a 2-inch-diameter ice-cream scoop, portion the batter onto the prepared pans, placing the cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake, switching the position of the pans from top to bottom and front to back about halfway through baking, until the cookies are light golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Cookies should be golden on the edges and slightly under-baked in the middle. Cool completely on the pans. (The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days. They even get better with age!)

 

-CK 1.0

The Most Perfect Snickerdoodles

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I don’t “toot my own horn” (as they say) that often, but when it comes to Snickerdoodles, I will say that you will never have a better one than my version. I like how fluffy these are, rather than the flat versions like most other ones you’ll come across. Those ones are JUST FINE, so don’t look at me like that, but these are little clouds of fluffy perfection. The key is to keep the ingredients cold and to refrigerate between steps. I made these with one of bests last week and she and her kids loved them—I love baking with my people! That’s how we Carolines roll, we wanna bake with you and give you All the Treats.

The Most Perfect Snickerdoodle

3 cups flour
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (chilled – only microwave it for about 10 seconds to get it barely soft)
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs (chilled – normally room temp works for most cookies, but not this recipe)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping
2 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, add flour, cream of tartar and salt. Refrigerate while you work on the next step.

Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add baking powder and soda. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Once mixed, add the dry ingredients and mix until combined and uniform. Refrigerate till cool (10 – 20 minutes).

Roll into balls then refrigerate and let stand 15 minutes.

Coat the pre-rolled balls in cinnamon sugar mixture and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 7-8 minutes—the tops should just be getting a few cracks—remove from oven and let bake on cookie sheet at least 5 more minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Repeat for each batch.