Taste of Home: Sweet Cinnamon Rolls with Cream-cheese Glaze

It took me several tries to perfect this easy sweet cinnamon rolls recipe – a new addition to our family recipe book. I like this recipe because it is quite simple to make, and each time I make it, they always have turned out perfectly moist and fragrant and tasty.

sweet cinnamon rolls

sweet cinnamon rolls

These squishy spirals of buttery dough are incredibly delicious. And became one of our simple indulgence for afternoon snacks served with homemade passion ginger tea.

My family enjoys cinnamon rolls especially when it’s fresh and still warm from the oven. These pillow-y  rolls are just sweet enough, so if you don’t like too much sugar, this recipe is ideal for you.

So, raise your hand if you love cinnamon rolls! And happy journey into the cinnamon roll heaven.

sweet cinnamon rolls

What you will need for the cinnamon dough (for 12 cinnamon rolls):

  • 50 grams of salted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup of fresh milk
  • 1 fresh chicken egg
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 pack of instant yeast
  • 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

cinnamon dough

sweet cinnamon rolls

What you will need for the filling:

  • 5 grams of salted butter at room temperature
  • 2 tbsps of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon powder

What you will need for the glaze:

  • 50 grams of cream cheese
  • 10 grams of butter at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp of sweetened milk

sweet cinnamon rolls

sweet cinnamon rolls

sweet cinnamon rolls

How to make sweet cinnamon rolls:

  • Put the butter, milk and egg in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Add sugar, honey and yeast. Mix well.
  • Add flour. Mix well. Knead with your hand until the dough is not sticky anymore and no more leftover.
  • Form the dough into a big ball.
  • Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm area. Let it rise for an hour or until it doubles its size.
  • While the dough is still rising, prepare the filling. Put the brown sugar and cinnamon powder in a small bowl. Mix together.
  • Once the dough has risen well, flatten it into a rectangular shape.
  • Brush some melted butter and spread out the filling.
  • Roll the dough. Cut it in circular and arranged them in the baking pan. Then let it rise for another 30 minutes or until it has double its size.
  • Put it in a preheated oven and bake it for 20 min at 160⁰C.
  • Prepare the glaze. In another small bowl, put the cream cheese, butter and condensed milk. Mix it well.
  • Let it cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Drizzle the cream-cheese glaze.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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Taste of Home: DIY Family meal – succulent homeburger

Both my husband and I grew up with family dinners every night. So, we try to make it happen in our own family because we reckon it is the best way to connect and find out what’s going on with each other, and it creates memorable family meals.

On top of that, every week, we always have a night assigned for easy fun family meal – either we do a DIY family dinner or we order food for delivery. Thus, for tonight, we decided to make succulent homemade burgers with homemade buns and homemade patties and packed with fresh organic lettuce, tomatoes, and onions and herbs for extra flavor and Emmental cheese.

My customized homeburger – so juicy and tasty

homemade buns and homemade patties

I made the buns and my husband cooked the patties. In his burger recipe, he used minced pork and minced chicken to maintain the softness. He thinks that beef alone makes it too tough, chicken alone too dry and pork alone too fat.

We love juicy burger, but each of us has different opinions about what should be included. Plus, customizing our own burger makes everyone happy. It was certainly fun and we love the interactive dinner vibe. Overall, all of us enjoyed our delicious restaurant-style burgers.

Homeburger

What you need for buns:

  • 3 tbsp salted butter, melted
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 eggs (1 for the dough + 1 for the egg wash)
  • 1 pack instant yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

homemade buns

What you need for patties:

  • 500 grams minced chicken
  • 500 grams minced pork
  • 3 big onions, sliced
  • 4 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 2 tsp of flour
  • red pepper, freshly crashed and to taste
  • cooking sunflower oil

homemade patty

What you need for homeburgers:

  • 1 big tomato, sliced
  • lettuce
  • Emmental cheese
  • ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • Tartare sauce
  • Rouille sauce
  • Aioli sauce
  • Mustard

How to make buns:

  • In a mixing bowl, put in the butter, milk, sugar, egg, yeast and flour.
  • Mix well. Let it rest for 1 hour until the dough has risen well or double in size.
  • Knead the dough until it becomes softer and no more leftover.
  • Form it into small balls. Let it rest for 45 minutes until they double in size.
  • Prepare the egg wash in a separate small bowl. Whisk up 1 egg and 1 tsp of water.
  • Brush the surface of the bread.
  • Spread sesame seeds
  • Bake it in a preheated oven at 160⁰C for about 17 minutes.
  • Take it out from the oven and let it cool down for about 2 hours.

homemade buns

homemade buns

How to make patties:

  • Put the minced pork and minced chicken in a mixing bowl. Add soy sauce and flour. Mix well. Set aside.
  • Sautee the onions until it becomes caramelized.
  • Put in the onions into the meat mixture.
  • Form small balls. Flatten it.
  • Fry the patties in a high fire.
  • Put them on a paper towel to remove some oil and to let it cool down.

meat mixture for homemade patty

Putting together:

  • Assemble your burger your way until it reaches perfection.
  • Enjoy!

Homeburger

Taste of Home: Meat and cheese lover pizza

My family and I were craving for pizza, and since we had some leftover of chicken and pork patty (prepared by hubby), I decided to make meat and cheese lover pizza at home with pizza dough and pizza sauce completely made from scratch. We just love pizza, and we love the combination of how the pizza smells, looks and tastes.

homemade meat and cheese lover pizza

Homemade meat and cheese lover pizza

I always find it satisfying to make good pizza at home because it makes my family on cloud nine. With my go-to pizza recipe, I could make a good pizza with a good pizza crust – that’s soft inside and crispy outside.

My homemade pizza is not a junk food. It deliciously contains a lavish base of homemade tomato sauce prepared with the freshest organic vegetables and low-fat cheeses. It has an exquisite flavor and texture.

Making a really great meat and cheese lover pizza at home was a real treat, and all of us enjoyed our pizza night.

Homemade meat and cheese lover pizza

Ingredients for pizza dough:

  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet of instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup warm water to activate the yeast

Ingredients for sauce:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 big tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 big onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ cup of water
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for toppings:

  • cooked chicken and pork patty, sliced
  • 170 grams white button mushroom
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut in striped
  • 250 grams chive and garlic cream cheese

How to make pizza crust:

  1. Activate the yeast. Put warm water in a mixing bowl. Add 1 tbsp of white sugar. Stir. Add instant yeast. Mix together. Set aside for 5 minutes or until the yeast is activated.
  2. Add the wet ingredients into the yeast mixture. Mix together.
  3. Add all the dry ingredients into the mixture. Mix well.
  4. Knead for at least 5 minutes. Then form a ball.
  5. Cover the bowl with a dry cloth. Allow the dough to rest for an hour in a dry non-ventilated area. After an hour the dough will double in size.
  6. Flour your work surface, and put all the dough onto the surface.
  7. Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough and form a circular shape.
  8. Pinch a shallow border
  9. Pre-bake the dough in a preheated oven for 10 minutes at 160⁰C.

making pizza crust

How to make pizza sauce:

  1. Put olive oil in a frying pan. Put tomatoes. Mix. Add onion. Stir well.
  2. Add oregano and paprika. Mix well.
  3. Add iodized salt and freshly crashed red pepper. Mix together.
  4. Add water is necessary. Let it cook for about 5 min.

pizza sauce

Top it your way.

  1. Spread pizza sauce on the pizza crust.
  2. Put the meat.
  3. Spread the cooked mushroom.
  4. Add on the cream cheese.

Homemade meat and cheese lover pizza

Bake the pizza.

  • Shoved the pizza in the oven and baked it for 25 minutes at 160⁰C.
  • Et voila! Enjoy your pizza!

Homemade meat and cheese lover pizza

 

Taste of Home: Stuffed chicken breasts

Tuesday morning was scorching hot and I wasn’t really feel inspired to cook and I hadn’t planned anything for lunch. Plus, when I asked my boys what they want for lunch, they said “I don’t know”.

So, I checked what we had in the fridge. I found chicken breasts and some vegetables. Then, I came up with this idea randomly: stuffed chicken breasts.

Stuffed chicken breasts

Stuffed chicken breasts

It turned out to be insanely good packed with colorful flavor. I served it with mashed potato prepared by hubby (leftover from Monday lunch) and stir-fry broccoli.

It’s super easy and you can stuff the chicken breasts with whatever vegetables you want.

What you will need:

  • 4 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 large shallots, sliced
  • 2 tsp chicken powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano,
  • freshly crashed red Kampot pepper to taste
  • some shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • some fresh parsley, chopped

Stuffed chicken breasts

Stuffed chicken breasts

How to make it:

  1. Make slits in each chicken. Make sure you do not cut through completely.
  2. Seasoned with chicken powder, paprika and freshly crashed red Kampot pepper.
  3. Stuff with shallots, tomatoes and yellow bell pepper and sprinkle oregano.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle cheddar cheese.
  6. Put the chicken in a preheated oven to 220⁰C and bake it for 25 minutes.
  7. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
  8. Et voila – lunch is ready! Serve, share and enjoy with your loved ones!

 

Taste of Home: Savory French Leek Tart

The first time I tasted Leek Tart was during our holiday in France when my mom-in-law made it for us. I love it and it’s one of my husband’s favorite foods. So when we came back from our holidays, I tried to make it at home. And this recipe is inspired by mom-in-law.

Savory French Leek Tart

To be honest, I hadn’t tried leeks since my childhood until I met my husband. But now I am loving it together with my family simply because it has a distinct rich flavor and it’s luscious. Plus, we love the sweet smell of leeks while it’s cooking especially when it started to caramelize. My husband usually used leeks in soup, and now I’m using it in tarts.

In my recipe, I prefer to use homemade pie crust (from scratch), homemade béchamel/white sauce, and for the fillings sometimes I added bacon with the leeks or just leeks. I don’t use eggs.

Leek tart without bacon

Leek tart with bacon

This leek tart recipe is quite easy. It makes a great brunch or lunch with side green salad. You can eat it as an appetizer or main course. For us, it is best served with a good white Sauvignon Blanc or Champagne and enjoy it with your loved ones.

What you will need for the fillings:

  • 8 leeks
  • 8 stripes bacon, slightly cooked (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • freshly crashed red Kampot pepper to taste
  • Emmentel cheese, grated

What you will need for the béchamel sauce:

  • 20 grams salted butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk

What you will need for the pie crust:

  • 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp white refined sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 20 grams salted butter at room temperature
  • ¼ cup of cold water

Leek tart

Preparation:

  1. Make pie crust.
    • In a mixing bowl put the flour, butter and sugar. Mix well.
    • In a separate small bowl, cracked the egg to make sure that it’s a good one and to remove some eggshells. Then put in into the mixture. Mix well.
    • Add the cold water little by little until you get the desired consistency. Mix well.
    • Form into a big ball.
    • Wrap it with a plastic wrap.
    • Refrigerate it while you are preparing the béchamel sauce and the fillings.
    • After you refrigerate it, flour the surface of the working area.
    • Roll it out to your desired thickness. Make sure the edges extend a couple of inches beyond the 9-inch pie plate.

homemade pie crust

2. Make béchamel sauce.

    • In a small bowl, put 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour. Add some water. Stir it thoroughly.
    • In a small cooking pot, put the butter, the milk and flour mixture. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes.
    • Set aside.

3. Make the fillings.

    • Thoroughly clean the leeks because some sands and other dirt often caught between the layers.
    • Cut the leeks. When you cut the leeks you can smell their acidity and it is burning your eyes.
    • Cut the bacon into small stripes or cubes. Then in a small frying pan, put the bacon and cooked it for 5 minutes.
    • Put the leeks in a cooking pan. Stir.
    • When the leeks have been caramelized, add bacon. Mix well.
    • Seasoned with salt and freshly crashed red Kampot pepper according to your taste. (You can use whatever pepper you like. My family and I prefer red Kampot pepper – it’s tasty and fruity.)
    • Let it cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.

leeks

leeks

4. Putting together.

    • Preheat your oven to 200⁰C.
    • Put the pastry and press it into a pie plate. Fix up any tears. Finish off the ragged ends into a neat edge.
    • Pour the filings into the pastry.
    • Bake it for 35 minutes.
    • Top it with grated Emmentel cheese, 15 minutes before the timer stops.
    • Allow the tart to cool off for 30 minutes after you take it out from the oven so that the cheese and leeks set and also to keep its shape.

ready to be shoved into the oven

5. Slice, serve, share and enjoy!

Taste of Home: Apple pie

Oh apples – we love apples and we love pie. And apple pie is our new quintessential dessert – it warms me and my family up from the inside out. It’s so delicious, healthy and we all love it.

Apple pie

So what makes this apple pie stand out for us?

  • We love the simplicity of this dish. It’s easy – just mix everything together into a bowl then pour the mixture into a homemade crust. And while it’s in the oven, it makes the house smell incredible and everybody loves it.
  • We love the combination of flour, apples, spice, a delicious golden crust and everything nice. And to make it healthier I used honey instead of sugar. I also tried making it with all green apples and a mixture of green and red apples – they both taste lovely. We love the balance of flavors – it’s just right!

I was on a cloud nine when my succulent homemade circle of happiness was a success, and I was over the moon when I learned that a slice of it makes everyone feel better.

Apple pie

So, here’s my simple, easy and scrumptious recipe of Apple Pie that could warm the hearts of your loved ones. Could there be anything better?

Ingredients for the pie crust:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of cold water
  • 20 grams of butter at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp of white refined sugar
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 1 large egg

Ingredients for the fillings:

  • 6 green apples OR 4 Fuji red apples + 2 green apples.
  • 4 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

Apple pie

Preparation:

1.Make the pie crust.

  • Mix the flour, egg, butter, salt, sugar, and cold water until the flour is moistened.
  • Sprinkle some more cold water on it a little at a time until you achieve the consistency of dough.
  • Form into a two big balls. Place it on a plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  • Flour the surface of the working area.
  • Roll it out to your desired thickness. Make sure the edges extend a couple of inches beyond the 9-inch pie plate.
  • Press it into the pie plate. Fix up any tears. Finish off the ragged ends into a neat edge.

2. Make the fillings.

  • Sliced the apples into wedges. Make sure to get rid of stems, seeds and brown spots. Set aside.
  • In a small dry bowl, combine the flour, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and salt. Mix them well.
  • Arrange the apples into the pie crust to avoid spaces. Then add the sauce from the apple mixture.
  • Refrigerate while preparing the cover of the pie.

the main ingredient

apple pie

3.Make the cover of the pie.

  • Roll the dough out to your desired thickness.
  • Cut the dough into stripes.
  • Put the stripes on top of the apples to cover the pie. Weave the dough stripes (alternating the stripes in and out).
  • Press the edges. Cover the edge with tin foil.
  • Brush some melted butter on the stripes to make it a little bit brown.

Ready to be shoved into the oven.

apple pie – yum!

4. Preheat the oven for 5 minutes.

5. Bake the apple pie at 200⁰C for about 50 minutes.

6. Let it cool for about 3 hours before serving.

7. Et voila – apple pie is ready! Serve, share and enjoy!

 

Taste of Home: Soft Dinner Rolls

Since we don’t eat rice every day, I decided to make soft dinner rolls for tonight’s supper to pair with hubby’s soupe de legumes.

Soft dinner rolls

Dinner rolls fresh from the oven

We love bread. We love soft dinner rolls. We love it especially when we dip the roll in the soup or when we sweep the last drop of sauce on our plate. Hmmm…it’s so delicious. So for us, the softer and fluffier, the better!

Soft dinner rolls

I made a batch of these fluffiest of all fluffy dinner rolls. It’s light, soft and squishy. Plus, it goes along well with salad, soup, sauce, gravy, etc.

In this recipe, there’s nothing complicated about making these rolls. Although it’s just a snap to make it at home but it requires quite a long time to prepare as it has 2 sets of rising times – about 3 hours for the preparation (including the rising time) and about 25 minutes baking time. Likewise, I use simple ingredients (you can find them easily at the supermarket). Plus, I don’t use a mixer to make the dough (if you don’t have a mixer don’t worry), but if you have one, please feel free to use it.

Soft dinner rolls

While it’s in the oven, my family and I love the intoxicating aroma of the bread baking – the smell of the warm fresh bread wafting through the kitchen and into every nook and cranny in our house.

I promise, you are going to love it!

Soft dinner rolls

Ingredients for 16 rolls:

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 3 tbsp salted butter, melted
  • ½ cup milk, slightly warm
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 ½ tsp yeast
  • 4 cups all – purpose flour
  • olive oil

soft dinner rolls dough

Soft dinner rolls

How to make it:

  • Activate the yeast in a mixing bowl. Put in ½ cup of warm water, 1 tbsp of white sugar and the yeast. You need to add sugar to feed the yeast so it would be activated. Let it rest for about 5 minutes. Mix it well.
  • Add milk, melted butter, the rest of the sugar, salt and egg to the yeast mixture. Mix well. Add all – purpose flour. Mix it thoroughly.
  • Flour (a wee bit) the working area.
  • Knead the dough until it becomes softer and no more leftover on your fingers.
  • Once the dough looks nice and smooth, form it into a big ball.
  • Lightly oil a bowl. Brush the top of the dough with olive oil and put it into an oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap. Place it in a warm place in your house.  Let the dough rest for an hour and half to allow it to rise.
  • Butter a 30cm X 15cm baking pan. Set aside.
  • Once the dough has risen well (double in size). Knead the dough. Flatten it.
  • Form the dough into small rolls.
  • Arranged the rolls in the pan. Cover it with a plastic wrap and let it rest for another hour so that it would rise.
  • Preheat oven at 180⁰C for 5 minutes. Bake it for 25 minutes.
  • Once the rolls are baked, brush them over with a light coating of melted butter.
  • Et voila! Enjoy!