Try It Tuesday

Try It Tuesday Cooking

 

After Valentine’s Day–or, as I like to call it, “Day Losing Count of all the Carbs”–I told myself to get my rear in gear and STAHP with the sweets and carbohydrates because they’re not helping me with my goal. Which is so incredibly difficult when the day after Valentine’s Day is Half-Price Candy Day.

Sigh. 

I figured I should have something on hand for when I want a carb (e.g., bread) but I don’t want to completely render all my hard work moot. Enter: cloud bread!

I’ve seen this innumerable times on Pinterest and have wanted to try it forever! The best part is: its only three ingredients!

Here’s what you need:

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4 eggs, separated

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup  cream cheese, softened

 

First, preheat your oven to 300°. Then, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Next, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl with an electric mixer on high until stiff peaks form. This will take about 1 to 2 minutes.

 

After that, beat the cream cheese in a separate bowl on medium speed until smooth. Add in the egg yolks (one by one) beating the mixtures until its completely smooth. This part is tricky: gently fold in the egg white mixture into your yolk mixture. Be sure to not “mix”.

 

When the mixture appears to be one color, use a 1/4-cup measuring cup and scoop batter onto your prepared cookie sheets about two inches apart. Then, spread each scoop into a small (about 4-inch) circle.

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Pop into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and the centers are completely set. When they’re done, cool your bread on the baking pans for about 5 minutes and then remove and place onto wire racks to completely cool.

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Y’all, I REALLY liked this! I made a sandwich out of it for lunch (complete with yummy Quest protein chips!) and it was soooo good!

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The bread was light and fluffy but not “eggy”. It was great! And just check out the nutrition information for one piece:

cloud bread nutrition

That’s what I’m talking about!

Have you ever tried this before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

Remember when the cold went away and we all rejoiced? Yeah. That was great.

Enter: this week. Its cold. Its gray. I. HATE. IT.

The only saving grace about this dreary weather is today’s Try it Tuesday! Its warm, its yummy, and it makes being cooped up inside totes worth it.

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Ooooohhhh yeeeeaahhhh! (Full disclosure: my sister made the monkey bread. And it was AWESOME!)

Here’s what you need:

24 frozen Rhodes Rolls

1 cup brown sugar

1 box of butterscotch Jell-O pudding (not the instant!)

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 stick butter

 

First, Bridget sprayed a bundt pan with Pam and dropped all the rolls inside.

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Then, she mixed the brown sugar and pudding mix together and sprinkled it over the frozen rolls.

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Then, she added the white sugar and cinnamon on top of that, as well as the melted stick of butter.

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She let the rolls rise (a few hours) and then baked the monkey bread at 350 for 30 minutes.

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GUYS. This was SO. STINKING. GOOD. The only thing that could have made it better was if I remembered to make coffee with it. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture after it was finished baking because it was eaten THAT fast! We are DEFINITELY trying this again!

 

 

Try It Wednesday

Happy Hump Day, Tryers!

This week’s Try It is brought to you by the letter Y as in “YUMMY!”

When my sister, Samantha, and her brood were down from Maryland, she made something that seriously made me want to do cartwheels. (I refrained, don’t worry). She made these awesome things call pretzel rolls. And yes, they tasted as good as they sound.

This was indeed a Pinterest find:

*Cue the Homer Simpson-like drooling*

*Cue the Homer Simpson-like drooling*

This week, my sister Bridget decided to try them out! (And I’m glad she did!)

She got everything she needed:

Milk, yeast, brown sugar, butter, flour, fine salt, baking soda, coarse salt

Milk, yeast, brown sugar, butter, flour, fine salt, baking soda, coarse salt

Ingredients List:

2 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons (2 packets) active dry yeast
6 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons fine salt

1/3 cup baking soda
3 cups warm water
Coarse salt
6 tablespoons butter, melted

After she got all of that, she got to work.

She warmed up the milk in the microwave for about a minute and a half. (*If it’s too hot it will kill the yeast*) Then, she stirred in the yeast and let it set for about 3 minutes.  She added the butter and sugar, and then the flour; about 1 cup at a time. Then, the salt was put in. She kneeded the dough for about 10 minutes (what an arm workout!) by hand. You can also use a stand mixer. Then, she put the dough ball into a greased bowl and covered it.

I didn't ask if she tasted the raw dough. But I think I would have.

I didn’t ask if she tasted the raw dough. But I think I would have.

After letting it rise for an hour in a warm place it had doubled in size:

This is how I feel after eating too many pretzel rolls.

This is how I feel after eating too many pretzel rolls.

She then preheated her oven to 375º. After punching  the dough down, she divided it into 12 lumps and rolled them into balls (heh, balls). Then she Combined the warm water and baking soda in a wide bowl and dipped each ball in the baking soda water. She cut a slit into each ball and placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. She sprinkled them with coarse salt and baked for about 9-15 minutes (or until browned).

Lovin' from the oven!

Lovin’ from the oven!

 

 

OMG you guys. I pretty much inhaled these things. They were SO. FREAKING. GOOD. After you take them out of the oven, be sure to spread a little melted butter on top with a butter brush. You will NOT be disappointed!