Thursday, February 2, 2012

Super Bowl Food

Happy Groundhog's Day.  

I realized how lame groundhog's day is this morning.  I had no idea that it was a legit ceremony that actually took place. I honestly thought it was just a random meteorologist that flipped a coin every year and that determined if the groundhog saw his shadow.  Well this morning I was getting ready for work and like every morning I had the local news on.  At about 6:30 they went live to Knobbler's Creek, PA or something like that to watch the groundhog.  I swear the whole town was at this ceremony.  Do people in Knobbler's Creek not have jobs?  Anyways, I suppose the important people of the town were the ones on stage wearing Charles Dickens-esque clothing and all of a sudden they pull a groundhog name Phil out of cage, set him on top and just stare at him.  They then pull a scroll out of one man's pocket to read a poem.  To my shock, they declared that Phil had seen his shadow and there would be six more weeks of winter.  I don't know what shadow Phil saw since there was no shadow to be seen since it was dusk and he apparently Phil hasn't heard how awesome and spring-like our temperatures have been here in the Memphis area.  Anyways, this is my rant and I"ll never waste 5 minutes of my life again watching a groundhog again.

The Super Bowl is just a few days away now and I have a sweet treat to share tonight.  This one is slightly more labor intensive that the previous recipes I've shared but so worth it and your guests will be in awe that you made it.

Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread
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2 3/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 c. sugar1 packet active dry yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. butter
1/3 c. whole milk
1/4 c. water
2 eggs (set out at room temperature)
1 tsp. vanilla extract


1 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmet
4 Tbsp. melted butter until browned.

In a large mixing bowl,  mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, and salt;  Put aside. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter and milk. Once the butter is completely melted take off the burner and add the water and vanilla. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes. Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Whisk together the eggs and add to the batter. Keep mixing. Add 3/4 c of flour and mix well. The mixture will be very sticky which means it's perfect.  Place the dough in a medium greased bowl. Cover with wrap and let it sit in a warm place to rise for about 30-45 minutes. Once the dough has doubled its size, knead in 2 Tbls of flour. Cover the dough again for another 5-10 minutes. 

While the dough is rising you can start on the filling. Mix together the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Set aside.  rown the butter in a small saucepan. Should take about 5-8 minutes. Once browned, take off heat and set aside.  Once the dough is ready, roll it out on a floured surface. Brush the butter on the the dough and add the sugar mixture. Make sure everything is covered.  Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into six equal strips.  Stack the strips onto of each other and cut six equal squares.  Place squares side by side in a bread pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover the dough for another 10-15 minutes to rise. Bake in the oven for 30-35
minutes. The outside of the bread will be a dark golden brown.  

By the way, I have no idea why some of the ingredients and instructions have white behind them. Could not get this fixed. Sorry!

Hope y'all enjoy!!

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