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Soft Cheesy Pretzels with flaxseed meal

I was planning to make those pretzels for a while. 

I don’t know why I was waiting so long. They came out super delicious.

Soft and fluffy.

My daughter couldn’t stop eating them.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 C Water

1 TBS olive oil

1tsp Lemon Juice

2 TBS Sugar

1 tsp Salt

1 Egg YOLK

3 1/2 C Flour

1 TBS Active Dry Yeast

1/4 cup flaxseed meal

1/2 cup medium cheddar cheese (or any kind of cheese you like), shredded

Egg Wash:

1 TBS Heavy cream (or half&half)

1 Egg WHITE

coarse salt for sprinkling (optional)

 

Directions for bread maker:

1. Put all the ingredients to the bread maker in order as listed above (EXCEPT FLAX and Cheese!). Left out “egg wash” ingredients, too. Run bread maker on “dough” cycle.

2. During the second kneading add flaxseed meal and shredded cheese.

3. When the dough is ready knead it a few times on lightly floured surface.

4. Divide the dough into 14 to 16 pieces.

5. Roll each piece into a rope, about 12 to 14 inches long.

6. Fold into pretzel shape.

7. Place each pretzel on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about 1 to 2 inches apart. 

8. Let them rest for about 30 minutes.

9. Whisk together egg white and cream. Gently brush each pretzel with the mixture.

10. Sprinkle coarse salt on top of each pretzel to your likes (optional).

11. Bake in 375 F for 15-20 minutes.

Directions for hand (KitchenAid) kneading:

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1/4 cup of pretty warm water until bubbly. In a separate bowl mix together flour and salt. Make hole in the middle and pour the yeast mixture inside it. Gently mix with your hands adding remaining water, olive oil and lemon juice until the dough is not sticky anymore and forms a soft ball. Add flaxseed meal and shredded cheese. Knead until they are well incorporated into the dough.

At this point cover it with towel and let it rest for an hour or until doubled in size.

Follow the steps from 4 to 11 as in directions for bread maker.

Go well with almost anything, and they taste the best warm!

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (health-ier version)

I’ve made those cinnamon rolls twice before I got my bread maker. Each time they came out looking and tasting pretty good, but I wasn’t thrilled with the effect in general. Neither my husband. We ate them with cream cheese frosting which actually made them more enjoyable.

Last Saturday I decided to give them one more chance and I was craving cinnamon rolls.

I got up MUCH too early and I though it’s a perfect time to make those as the process takes about 2 hours. This time I used help of my dear friend, the bread maker 🙂 and that was the best decision I could ever made. Those “nothing special” cinnamon rolls came out as THE BEST CINNAMON ROLLS I have ever had !!!

Fluffy, soft inside and with a crunch on the outside. Those previous two times I made them they weren’t half that big and fluffy. I guess I am not as good in hand kneading as I though I was. In addition in my entire apartment there is no place warm enough for the dough to raise. A few times working with yeast dough I tried to leave the dough in warm oven but that didn’t work for me at all.

Look at those beauties. They were so good that I didn’t have to make any frosting just a little bit of butter spread over hot rolls and that was it.

This recipe is adapted from Chef in Training. I changed a few things to make them more healthy. 

Ingredients for the dough: 

2 cups milk

1/2 cup olive oil

3/4 cup brown sugar

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup bread flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 Tbsp. salt

1 packet (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast

1/3 cup flax seed meal

1/4 cup chia seeds

Ingredients for the filling:

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, divided in half

10 Tbsp. brown sugar (more or less), divided in half

4 Tbsp. cinnamon (divided in half)

Directions:

For hand kneading directions go to Chef in Training ‘s Cinnamon rolls post. 

I used bread maker. 

Mixed milk and brown sugar in a sauce pan and heat it up just until the sugar is dissolved and milk is slightly warm. Transfer to bread maker. Add olive oil, salt, all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. Sprinkle yeast on top. Set the bread maker on “dough”. During the second kneading open the bread maker and add 1/2 cup bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, chia seeds and flax seeds meal.

After it’s done (in my bread maker it takes 1h 10 min), divide the dough in half. I never use rolling pin to roll the dough out. I use my hands to stretch it in into about 11 inch x 9 inch rectangle shape. 

Don’t be greedy and spread a generous amount of softened butter (in my case it’s about 2 Tbsp, sometimes a bit less sometimes more – it depends on how big the rectangle is) over the surface of rolled out dough. Rub half of the brown sugar over the dough. You might start with 4 Tbsp. and if you decide it’s not enough add more until the surface is covered. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. of cinnamon. Feel free to add more.

Starting from the longest side fold the dough towards you.

Cut rolls into 1 1/2 inch (2 inch is fine too) pieces.

Put them into greased pie pan or on a baking sheets. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.

Repeat with second half of the dough.

Bake in 375 for 18 minutes for pie pans or 12-15 minutes for baking sheets. 

This time I used both: pie pan and baking sheets to compare which is better. 

I used two 9 inch pie pans. In the first one I put 8 rolls in the second 7.

7 seems to be a perfect amount as you can see on the picture above.

Rolls on baking sheets were 1,5 inch apart.

… and while in the oven they leaked out the filling:

Rolls baked in pie pans where clean and nothing leaked out. They came out bigger and fluffiest, too. 

They were so delicious and with the perfect amount of sweetness that we didn’t need any frosting at all. I spread a little bit of butter while still hot to make them more moist and not so dry on top. 

I still highly recommend the cheese cream frosting from the original recipe. It’s so good that every time I make it I eat half just by itself.

This Little Lady ate 4 of those huge rolls on the first day and she kept asking (in her own language) for more.

“too much tv” face

I had to hide them as I was afraid she’s gonna get sugar rush. That’s there is the best indicator that the rolls were really good. Before, she wasn’t really a big fan of those. She would eat a half of one small roll and she was done, she didn’t want more even on the second day.

Now I know that the secret for a perfect rolls is in the bread maker 🙂

oh… and if I just had a coffee… those would be just perfect, but for now milk will do the job – it has to 🙂

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My experience with Oil-Cleansing Method plus Homemade face cream recipe

Months ago I came across a post from where I found out that it is good to wash your face with oil(s). Yes, THE oils that you cook with. I was sceptic at the beginning so I started reading more about it just from a curiosity. I am not going to re-write here what I read on those many blogs I have found, and you would be surprised how many people actually do it (use oil to wash their faces with). Instead, if you’re interested, I’m posting links to a few of those posts I think are filled with good information about OCM (Oil-Cleansing Method) on the bottom of my post (look at related articles).

I’ve decided to try it.

I do have an oily skin and almost every day I had to wash it with water a few times a day in order to get rid of that oily shining.

I mixed my first batch of oils about two months ago using:

3 tsp Olive Oil

9 Tsp Hazelnut Oil

I keep it in a bottle of my old store-bought cleanser in the bathroom.

I’m almost out of my first batch but, for sure, there will be another one. I really like the way my skin feels and looks. I do not have to wash my face with water every few hours in order to stop shining 🙂

In my entire life I might have used one or two face creams but for the last few years I used non. Using the OCM has made my skin REALLY dry in some areas. From what I read I know that it happens when you chose a bad mix of oils for your skin or the proportions are not right. Next time I’m going to use more olive oil and less of the second oil (not sure yet which one I’m going to use).

So far to get rid of that dry patches on my skin I’ve decided to make my own face cream that would help me but not make my skin oily again.

I choose to use coconut oil. This oil is very moisturaizing and it suppose to be one of the best to use on your skin. I bought mine in our local store for $6  (14 oz.). I used it before to make deodorant and there is still plenty left in the jar.

For the face cream I used only 1.5 oz. I didn’t want to make a whole lot in case if it turned out bad and in addition I had a very small jar (2.3 oz) kept after my last store-bought face cream cleanser.

For the cream I used:

1.5 oz coconut oil

2 pills of vitamin C (crushed) *

3 capsules vitamin E

This cream is super easy to make. Coconut oil melts when it touches the skin but to dissolve the vitamin C and E in it I had to melt it in a double boiler. It took only a few minutes for the oil to change its consistency. It didn’t even have the time get warm. I powdered 2 pills of vitamin C and mixed it to the oil. I made sure that the oil is cold and then I mixed in the vitamin E (poked a whole with a sharp knife in every capsule and squeezed the liquid out).

* When I was making this cream the temperature in my kitchen was too warm for the coconut oil to set to its natural consistency so I put it in the fridge for 5 minutes. After I took it out I’d noticed that most of the powdered vitamin C is on the bottom of the jar. I left the cream to sit on my counter for 10 minutes until it became very soft and almost melted again. After that I stirred it really good with a toothpick and put it back to the fridge for one minute. I took it out, gave a good stir and put it back to the fridge again. I repeated it for a several times. To get rid of that problem I’m going to get a liquid vitamin C for my next batch.

This is what I ended up with. Very soft and easy to put on the skin cream.

When the temperature is below 75 F this cream won’t melt, so you can keep in the bathroom, for example.

When the temperature reaches above 75 F this cream will melt so it is better to keep it in the fridge. At this point it will  get hard. It is still easy to apply and absorbs quickly.

Love, Love, Love this cream!!!

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Homemade coffee body lotion

I’ve made this body lotion for a few times now, and it’s always great.

When I made it for the first time I added too much (for my taste) essential oils. The second time I didn’t add anything at all and I actually didn’t like it so much, as well. without the essential oils this lotions smells like mocha coffee. It’s actually very pleasant scent, but I like it to have a delicate citrus scent to it as well.

So this time, I think, I’ve found the perfect recipe for me.

So, this is how I made it:

1) 1/2 cup of emulsifying wax (you can get it from Mountain Rose Herbs.)

2) 1/2 cup of almond oil

You can use what ever oil you’ve got. The better quality of the oil, the better quality of your body lotion.

For example:

coconut oil – very moisturaizing and great for irritated and sensitive skin.

sunflower oil – is loaded with Vitamins A, D, and E. great for damaged and aged skin.

for more oils and their descriptions go here.

But you really don’t have to focus on that. Olive oil or sunflower oil will work just fine!

3) Over double bath melt the wax in oil. DO NOT MICROWAVE IT!!!

4) When the wax and olive oil are mixed well together so there isn’t any piece of wax floating on the oil pour it into a glass jar or glass bowl or whatever jar (it should be glass) you want to use for this purpose ( I use a jar after TOSTITOS salsa).

5)  add 1 1/2 cup of hot coffee. I made mine very strong (Hazelnut Creme, btw. Yumm! and smells sooo good)!

*According to Esthetician Jennifer Tanner from CancerLynx.com, when coffee is applied topically it redistributes fat cells and helps to prevent cellulite from forming. She goes on to say that it helps to get rid of varicose veins by shrinking and tightening your blood vessels.

6) Stir it well. Very well.

7) Don’t let the coffee to separate from the rest of the mixture. If you see something like on the picture below stir it again. Stir it very well. And after 2, 3 minutes stir it again, and again… and again… Until the mixture is thick. If you forget to do that and you let the mixture to separate don’t worry… You can heat it up a little, and start the process of stiring the mixture every couple of minutes again 🙂

8) Sometime in the middle of the stirring process, when the mixture is not hot anymore add (or not) essential oils, or fragrance oils, or both. This is what I used today. 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil, and 5 of amber rose fragrance oil.

The difference between them is that the fragrance oil is mostly for the scent, while especial oils have therapeutic properties (and they smell nice, too). Before the decision what kind of essential oil you want to use for your lotion you have to check it out if it’s safe. Not all of them are safe to use on skin. So, just google it.

For example grapefruit essential oil helps to boost digestion, benefits the immune system by helping to clear the lymphatic system, helps with skin problems, and can be used for muscle stiffness, water retention and for bolstering the nervous system.

BUT

it can irritate the skin if exposed to strong sunlight after treatment.

9) At the same time open a few capsules of vitamin E and pour the liquid into your body lotion.

10) Ready to use!!!

or to play with 🙂

* this lotion is not a miraculous protection from cellulite!!! If you don’t drink enough water every day, if you don’t exercise and eat a healthy diet this lotion won’t make you cellulite to disappear or it won’t prevent the cellulite to appear. As a woman who already had one child and is expecting another one in a close future I do have to admit I have cellulite and this lotion didn’t make it disappear. My cellulite hasn’t gotten any bigger since I started to use this lotion, though (and I’ve used it for about a year). If you want to fight cellulite you should try to use this lotion with coffee body scrubs and body wraps using coffee grounds and olive oil.

For even better recipe check out my post: Cocoa Butter Coffee Body Lotion. That lotion helped me to fight with stretch marks thanks to cocoa butter in it.

Happy mixing and using! I hope you’ll all enjoy it!


Tasty Tuesday Morning!

I wish all of you could join me for some real coffee and my naleśniki! Instead, I’ve just dicovered that every Tuesday there is a virtual meeting for coffee drinkers! 🙂 yeay!

I’m getting more and more addicted to reading blogs, or just browsing through them!

Anyway,

Today I made naleśniki for breakfast. I do not post the recipe because I do not have one. All I do is mixing some flour, one egg, milk, pinch of sugar and oil… No measures…

My little trick that I’ve learned from my sister:

pour 1 tablespoon of oil or olive oil or whatever oil you use in hour home to the batter, mix it well. that way you shouldn’t have to use any oil on the pan while frying tha crepes.

..and you know what my first neleśnik came out super good. weird… isn’t it!?

My Little One liked only  the first few pieces… I think because I didn’t use sugar for her ‘s.

She started throwing it on the floor… but I don’t know if she didn’t like it, or because she wanted to feed our doggy. She started doing that sometime like a  week ago. She hangs down from her chair throwing the food and watching Di eating it.  I hope she won’t be like her daddy… so picky and so not into Polish (or any other different-than-american) cousine. Fingers crossed! 😉

Hopefully she’ll like it more with strawberries and different kinds of fillings… Someday!

Anyway I think they were delicious and even my loved one ate it… Don’t know what he liked more… the crepes or the strawberries sauce. I think the second one! 😉

I at the other hand ate two of them despite my terrible tooth ache!