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Dimplenose
02-16-2009, 07:00 AM
It's half term and I've temporarily become a housewife again (I work in a school). The kids are out and I'm in the mood for baking. I've found a nice sweet bread/cake recipe on an American website and have been having fun trying out a set of cup measures that I bought in Florida.

I don't know how Americans cope - scooping the dry ingredients and trying not to spill them - then measuring the wet ingredients - oh dear I've forgotten to measure the sugar so now I've got to wash and thoroughly dry the cup before I can continue. As for measuring butter ?????:confused3

It all makes my add and weigh scales seem very, very simple.

I suppose it's just a matter of what you're used to.

Chilly
02-16-2009, 07:51 AM
You'll have to post some photos to show how they turn out.

natalielongstaff
02-16-2009, 08:46 AM
:lmao: ive got a muffin recipe to make with the kids...i use add and weigh scales as well, so much easier !

Dimplenose
02-16-2009, 08:54 AM
Here they are

http://i377.photobucket.com/albums/oo213/Libby1962/IMGP0012.jpg

They taste OK, but are a bit stodgy.

P.S I wonder why I haven't visited the dieters' thread recently?:rolleyes1

higgy66
02-16-2009, 09:15 AM
oohh they do look scrummy! :thumbsup2

tennisfan
02-16-2009, 11:35 AM
They look lovely:thumbsup2

jjpenguin
02-16-2009, 11:38 AM
They look very professional!

But I know what you mean about the cups. Also sometimes they are for so much!!
I have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies, that makes 4 dozen!! and uses almost a whole pack of butter....

Dimplenose
02-16-2009, 11:40 AM
I halved my recipe and still made 20 buns!

Tink2312
02-16-2009, 11:44 AM
Mmmmmmm... they look lovely! Are the cinnamon-y? They look a bit like cinnamon whirls :thumbsup2

SusanEllen
02-16-2009, 11:45 AM
It's half term and I've temporarily become a housewife again (I work in a school). The kids are out and I'm in the mood for baking. I've found a nice sweet bread/cake recipe on an American website and have been having fun trying out a set of cup measures that I bought in Florida.

I don't know how Americans cope - scooping the dry ingredients and trying not to spill them - then measuring the wet ingredients - oh dear I've forgotten to measure the sugar so now I've got to wash and thoroughly dry the cup before I can continue. As for measuring butter ?????:confused3 . . .



The answer is two sets of measuring cups--one for dry, one for liquid, preferrably the dry has a level edge all around for scraping across top of the flour, sugar, etc and a cup with a pouring spout for the liquid. As to butter, in the US a pound of butter is usually wrapped in 4 quarter pound sticks with the Tablespoon and cup fractions marked on the wrapper. I'm always a little lost when I try to decode a recipe from Mrs. Beeton. It is as you said, all just what we're used to.

Dimplenose
02-16-2009, 11:49 AM
I knew there'd be a simple answer!

P.S. Yes they are cinnamon, but a yeast bun rather than a danish pastry.

natalielongstaff
02-16-2009, 11:51 AM
.

P.S I wonder why I haven't visited the dieters' thread recently?:rolleyes1

:rolleyes1 i will pretend i didn't notice !

thelittlemermaid83
02-16-2009, 11:52 AM
They look scrummy!

Tink2312
02-16-2009, 11:53 AM
P.S. Yes they are cinnamon, but a yeast bun rather than a danish pastry.

Well they look lovely...enjoy popcorn::

:)

mandymouse
02-16-2009, 11:54 AM
Mmm, they look delish :thumbsup2

Snowy-girls
02-16-2009, 12:22 PM
Libby they look very moreish.Enjoy :thumbsup2 .x.

higgy66
02-16-2009, 12:29 PM
So come on be honest - how many have you got left! :rotfl2:

Dimplenose
02-16-2009, 12:32 PM
14 - DH and I have had 3 each.

I've put some in the freezer now.

wishspirit
02-16-2009, 03:59 PM
They look fab, and i have just got some cup measuring thingys, can you post the recipe??

Dimplenose
02-17-2009, 01:44 AM
I based it on a recipe it from this site

http://scandinavianfood.about.com/od/coffeecakessweetbreads/r/cinnamonrolls.htm

but I didn't have any cardomom so I left it out. I used quick dried yeast so I used the method on the yeast packet (i.e. all the dry ingredients in the bowl and then add the wet ones) I halved the recipe and got 20 buns. They are quite stodgy but were a lot better when they were completely cold.

DH and DS polished off the ones I didn't freeze while I was at a Guiders' meeting last night.

shellbell
02-17-2009, 01:56 AM
Wow, they look very tasty:goodvibes

craigs bride
02-18-2009, 11:10 AM
looks yummy !

Minniespal
02-18-2009, 12:53 PM
They look lovely:thumbsup2