Sweet Apple Rolls

Well hello! Anyone reading still? I know it's been forever...so let's try a heavenly recipe that will make up for it!  This was a happy accident I tried while using up a box of honeycrisp apples.  **I would however highly recommend a Kitchenaid or similar large mixer for this one...

2 1/4 C. lukewarm water
1/3 C. + 1 T. honey
1/2 T.salt
1 1/2 T. yeast (heaping)
1/3 C. + 1 T. oil
2 eggs
4 C. flour

Add all above ingredients to mixer, and mix on low until wet.  Turn to med, and mix for 10 min.
Add 3 C. additional flour, and mix until thoroughly combined.
Turn out onto floured counter, and roll into a giant rectangle...roughly 1 1/2 foot by 2 foot.

3/4 C. butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 C. brown sugar
2 C. peeled, diced apples, any variety...(the sweeter the better)
1 T. cinnamon

Mix filling ingredients in a small bowl, and spread evenly (using a rubber spatula) over rolled out dough...
 Roll tightly starting from the wide end. Then slice using a serrated knife...or clean length of dental floss. (a nifty little trick I learned at the restaurant!) Slide it under the end about an inch, pull the ends across the top, and pinch off.  It leaves a clean line that doesn't tear out the filling...Place on greased cookie sheets
Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.  Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.  Cool and frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting, (or try this one):
Mix well:
1 brick of cream cheese, at room temp.
1/2 C. apple butter
1 C. (or more) powdered sugar


Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Oh. My. Heck. (I'm from Utah - cut me some slack!:) That's all there is to say about these! I got them from the blog Six Hot Mamas Cookin'....which has so much more to offer! Thanks Six Hot Mamas!

1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup lime juice (about 2 large limes)
2-3 tsp chili powder
2 T cumin
2 large cloves of garlic, finely minced or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 large breasts), cooked and shredded
12 flour tortillas
2 C Mexican cheese blend, shredded (1 small bag usually is 2 cups)
1 14-oz can of green enchilada sauce (mild or medium, to your taste)
1/2 to 3/4 cup of heavy cream
nonstick cooking spray
1 T chopped cilantro, to garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, place the honey, lime juice, chili powder and minced garlic or garlic powder. Whisk together thoroughly to combine. Pour this mixture over the shredded chicken and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to marinate 30 min or up to 1 hour, in the refrigerator.

Spray sides & bottom of 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl combine enchilada sauce and heavy cream. Spread about 1/2 cup of the mixture in bottom of the oiled baking dish.  Add a large spoonful (about 2 tablespoons) of the chicken mixture to the center of each tortilla in a line. Cover the chicken with a large tablespoon (or big pinch) of cheese, then roll the tortilla up. Place the enchilada seam side down in the baking dish.  Repeat with the remaining chicken, cheese and tortillas. You will use about 1 1/2 cups of the cheese for the filling and set the remainder aside for topping the enchiladas in the pan. Add the remaining marinade mixture to the enchilada sauce and cream mixture, if desired. Pour this mixture over the top of all the enchiladas. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly and starting to brown on top. Serve with sour cream, black beans, and rice or a green salad for a great meal.


Cream Puff Dessert

It's like chocolate eclairs in cake form.  Yum-O!

1 cube margarine or butter
1 C. water
1 C. flour
4 eggs

Melt margarine or butter in water by bringing to a boil.  Remove from heat and add flour, stirring until a ball forms. Beat eggs into the mix ONE AT A TIME. (Use those muscles! Dough should no longer look shiny).  Spread into ungreased 9x13 pan.  Bake @ 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Let cool completely.

1 large box instant vanilla pudding
3 C. milk
1 brick cream cheese
1 8oz container whipped cream

Beat cream cheese to soften.  Add milk and pudding, and mix for 2 minutes.  Fold in whipped cream.  Spread the mix over cooled puff.  Chill.

1 cube butter, softened
3 C. powder sugar
5-6 T. milk
2/3 C. cocoa powder
1 t. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together and carefully spread over pudding layer.  Chill for a minimum of 1 hour before serving.


Cranberry Applesauce

We've been trying to cut back on our dessert consumption - this did the trick for a somewhat healthy, but sweet and tart dessert!

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup fresh cranberries
4 cups unsweetened applesauce

Bring the sugar, water, and salt to a boil in a stainless steel saucepan. Add the cranberries and simmer for 10 minutes over med-low heat. Let cool.

Transfer the cranberry sauce and applesauce to a blender, and blend thoroughly.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or sour cream.
Store leftovers in the fridge.