What are your plans for using your invisibility today? Cause it’s like today isn’t even a for real day. It’s like it doesn’t even exist. You can practically do anything today and nobody will ever know, because today is just a pretend day anyway.
I haven’t entirely figured out if Leap Day is like Opposite Day, or if it’s just, like, we’re sort of all just dreaming that it’s happening, but I am 99% for sure that it isn’t real life. I need to research it more, to be sure, but there’s only been nine Leap Days in my whole life, so far, and I can’t remember the first two at all, because one of them was just 10 days after I was born, and I was only a toddler for the other. The next two after that are pretty hazy, too, so I’m really only working with 5 days of research here, and that’s practically nothing.
Originally, my plan today was to do extensive research into the powers of invisibility that I believe Leap Day extends to everyone.
Except…I have to get a root canal for lunch (worst lunch ever).
And there’s no way you can ever pretend that a root canal wasn’t for real happening or never existed.
I am not happy about this.
Not that anyone is ever happy about having to go get a root canal.
I’ve never met anyone who was all, “WOO HOO! Did you hear the great news?! I’m getting a ROOT CANAL! YAY for me!!”
Nope. (Well, except maybe for Bill Murray’s crazy character on Little Shop of Horrors, but somehow I think that doesn’t count.)
See, I broke a tooth the other day, through no fault of my own, I might add. I don’t have any cavities, and even where the tooth had broken, there was no decay. It was just a bad luck moment on a bad luck day.
But there’s trauma to the pulp. Goody for me. And Mr. Dentist doesn’t believe it’s the kind that will heal before I get my crown on Friday. Double goody.
I know it’s for the best, in the long run, but …
I’m really scared.
I can’t help it…
HE’S GOING TO STICK A NEEDLE IN MY GUMS THEN DRILL THE LIVING NERVES OUT OF MY TOOTH.
There’s no hope for me. My Day of Invisibility is stolen. There’s still hope for you, though. Save yourselves. Solve today’s “Where in the World is Bakingdom?” Clue #2, comment to try to win some Nuts
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These cinnamon rolls are of the super easy, make them in 10 steps, no-rising-necessary variety. You know…the kind I like to make around here.
All you need for them is some amazing filling, an easy, delicious dough, and a to-die-for frosting and you’ve got crazy good breakfast in about 40 minutes. Boom.
The filling for these (best ever out of any cinnamon roll in the world ever) is made up of brown sugar, chopped hazelnuts, cinnamon, sugar, semi-sweet chips, and unsalted butter. You can substitute margarine, though, and vegan chips, for a vegan/dairy free version, too (woo hoo!).
I got my hazelnuts from Nuts Online… Well, not Nuts Online anymore…just Nuts.com now.
Anyway. I’ve used Nuts.com for well over a year now and I love them. I’ve gotten hazelnuts (this time I got the pre-blanched, pre-peeled nuts because I’m lazy and they were only $1 more), pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds), pumpkin spice malted milk balls, fudge, chocolate covered espresso beans, and chocolate covered macadamia nuts. Plus lots more nuts and seeds that I can’t even remember.
The dough is made up of all-purpose flour, ground hazelnuts, buttermilk (vegan versions available, or add a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to dairy free milk), unsalted butter (or margarine), baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Easy step 2: Mix everything together.
Hard step 1: Do not eat the rolls until you have iced them.
Easy step 7: Mix the cream and Nutella together until smooth and drizzle-worthy.
Hard step 2: Don’t eat all of the icing right out of the bowl before you ice the rolls.
I couldn’t resist these rolls. Not for a second. It’s no secret that I have a major crush on chocolate and hazelnuts, so these little beauties were my BFFs for sure. The rolls are light, sweet, and delicious, with spicy, chocolaty, nutty, wonderful filling, and the perfect finish of Nutella ganache. The fact that they’re fast and easy to make only adds to their tastiness. Plus, they can be prepared, up to the baking point, the day before, and refrigerated until ready to bake. Just be sure to let them come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking them.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls [Printable Version]
Makes 8 rolls
FOR THE FILLING
3/4 cup (191 grams) brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup (50 grams) sugar
3/4 cup (105 grams) hazelnuts, chopped
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I prefer mini chips)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, melted (or margarine)
FOR THE DOUGH
2 1/2 cups (318 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (70 grams) ground hazelnuts
3 tablespoons (38 grams) sugar
1 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk (can use vegan substitute)
6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted (or margarine)
To make the filling: Combine all of the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add the melted butter and stir with a fork until the mixture looks like wet sand. Set aside.
To make the dough: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees (220 C). Brush a 9-inch cake pan with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, hazelnuts, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the buttermilk and 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, and stir until just combined. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead until smooth (it may still be soft and a little sticky, but will be smoother and less lumpy). If the mixture is too sticky or wet, place in a lightly floured bowl, cover, and chill for 20 minutes.
Flatten the dough into a rectangle about 12 X 8 inches. Pour 2 tablespoons of the melted butter on and spread around with your fingers. Pour the filling over the dough and spread it evenly over the top, leaving about a 1/2 inch or so border around the outside edge. Press the filling down to pack it on top of the dough.
Starting on the short side of the dough, roll the dough up, pressing as you go, to create a tightly rolled log (be gentle, as this may stick to the counter a bit). Pinch the seam closed and lay the log seam side down. Cut into 8 even pieces, and transfer each roll to the prepared cake pan. Brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack set over parchment paper.
Nutella Ganache [Printable Version]
6 ounces Nutella
1/4 cup (63 ml)heavy cream, more or less
In a medium bowl, stir the Nutella with 2 tablespoons of cream. Mix until the mixture is smooth. If it is too thick, add more cream, a tablespoon at a time, to loosen it up (if you need more than 1/4 cup, just continue adding more in small bits).
Pour the icing over the rolls and serve them warm.
These will keep in an airtight container for about 3 days.
Recipes by Darla
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