Shine's Thyme

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Friday, September 20, 2013


This is my favorite time of the year. I don't know why.....I love spring, I love winter....I even love summer (my least favorite)....but Autumn is my MOST favorite!! That being's very important for me to be careful.....and here's why.
Remember, I last did a post on Pumpkin Doughnuts.....and now here's this. Oh my. Girls, I LOVE to cook.
I especially LOVE to bake. I love the awesome smells that come from the oven when my concoctions are coming to life. I love that the kitchen doesn't get too hot to work in.... and I LOVE how something yummy makes everyone SOOOO happy!
But me? Well....I could look at it as an exercise. I am exercising my mind to learn better restraint! WILLPOWER is getting a good workout too!

Oh...I didn't mention, but they are actually kinda healthy!! Made with fresh ground whole wheat :)

Cinamon Rolls

2 cups warm water
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp. salt
enough whole wheat flour to make a soft dough. I think I use about 5-6 cups total
3 & 1/2 tsp saff yeast (or your favorite fast rising yeast)

In a heavy duty mixer, combine water, oil and honey. I use "Real" salt, so I put it in with liquids. Add about 3 cups flour, then the yeast. Mix together, then add enough flour to make a soft dough. Mix for about 8 minutes. Let rise till double (about 30 min.). Turn dough out onto a work surface and roll into a large rectangle. (about 10x20ish) Spread with 1/2 cup + 2 Tblsp melted butter mixed with  1 lb. brown sugar and 1-2 tsp. cinamon. Roll up jelly roll style. cut into about 2 inch slices and place on a cookie sheet with sides. (I spray my pan with Pam).
Bake at 375 for 15-20 min.
Take out of oven and plate while warm. Top with icing:
2 cups powdered sugar+1/4 milk or Orange Juice
Just spread this on with no attention to moderation :)

Blessings  sweet friends~~Shine

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pumpkin Doughnuts

Hello friends! HAD to share this most yummy recipe that I captured from my dear friend Geanine. They are SOOOOOO delish!

                                            This is Geanine's picture.....and here is mine.

Not quite as pretty, but still sooo yummy. One quick note to the recipe. Have EVERYTHING ready before you start. Next, be comfortable with your frying situation. I seldom ever fry anything, so I think that was my biggest problem. If you ask the fam however, they will say there is no problem at all!

Pumpkin Donuts
3 1/2 cups flour
4 t baking powder
1 t salt
2 t pumpkin pie spice
1 cup sugar
2 T butter, melted
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup pumpkin puree
canola oil (for frying)

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spice and sugar. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together all the remaining ingredients except the oil (it's for frying). Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Mix all together until the dough is well combined. My dough was pretty sticky. Turn out onto a well floured surface and roll the dough until it is about 1/2 inch thick (this may seem pretty thin but they puff up a lot when frying). Cut with a donut cutter or I just used a canning jar lid and a medicine cup (you know the ones that come on the top of child rems Motrin?) for the middle.

Heat 2 inches of oil in a large skillet or heavy pan over medium high heat. When the oil is hot (I drop a piece of dough in and it started bubbling like crazy when it was hot enough). Gently slide the donuts in tot he oil, frying the first side until the edges are lightly browned. Carefully flip the donuts over and allow to cook until lightly browned on this side a too. Remove and place on a plate covered with paper towels to. While the donuts are still hot dip them in the buttermilk glaze (recipe below). Place on a cooling rack place over a cookie sheet to air dry until ready to serve.

Buttermilk Glaze*

3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 t vanilla

Whisk together until smooth. Dip hot donuts in the glaze and then allow to air dry on a cooling rack.

*I made one and a half times this recipe for all my donuts. I also added 1/2 t maple flavoring to half this recipe for a little variety! Super Yummy!

Love, Shine