Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mommy Daughter Moments

My mom is pretty amazing.  She makes the best pies, buns, shortbread cookies and can knit and crochet beautifully.  She is also and expert bridge player (in real life and on the computer).  I do not share any of these talents. How will I ever prepare for retirement if no one will be my bridge partner!

I think because my mom is so amazing at these things I have never had to learn how to do them myself.  It may take me a few more years to learn how to bid in bridge or knit one pearl two but with my mom coaching me on speaker phone today I tried and I think succeeded in making a batch of buns!

Here is my mom's bun recipe:

Vanna's Buns

3 cups warm water (not to warm so its boiling but not cold, that's what she told me sounds like Goldilocks)
1/2 cup sugar
6 T oil ( I used canolla)
1t salt
2T instant yeast
2 eggs
7-8 cups of flour

Beat eggs, sugar, salt and oil.  Add warm water.  Add 4 cups of flour.  Mix.  Add the yeast then the remaining flour just enough so it isn't sticky anymore.  Mix.  Sprinkle flour on the countertop and knead ball of dough for 5 minutes.  Punch the dough.  This is a great stress reliever.  Let Rise 15 minutes Make the buns......  (Then my mom wrote on the back of the recipe card) Let Rise another 15- 25 minutes and the bake at 350.  Maybe thats why they never worked out before!

My lovely assistant Ellie.  Stir the eggs.

Such a pro she's not even looking! Look at the froth she has going.

Add some flour.  Wait I'm getting a kink in my neck.  Let me put you on speaker phone. 
That's better.  I will take pictures while the two year old works.  

 Add the yeast and stir some more.

Woops a little to hard of stirring.  Sorry Grandma while we blow the flour out of the phone.  
 I realize how lucky I am to have my mom in generally but I have a few friends that have lost their moms and I can imagine what they would give to have an everyday phone call with them and ask them how to make buns.  Something I take for granted!

 Look Mommy my hands are messy!  Yes and isn't it fun.  

 Come on Ellie get angry with the dough.  Pretend your brother just took your Wii remote.  

In our pjs and covered with flour.  We had to call Carson away from Super Marios Smash Bros to take our picture.  

Put the dough in a clean bowl and rub a bit of oil on the surface so it doesn't dry out.  Then cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place with no draft.  
Finally a use for the hole in my wall where there is supposed to be a built in microwave but we can't find the right size anywhere!

Mom usually gets two pans of buns from this recipe but I still have dough left over soooooo....

Let's roll it out.  Spread butter on it.   

Sprinkle it with sugar and cinnamon.  
 Roll it up.  ( I hope sister doesn't see her DS in the middle of the cinnamon buns)

 Grease the bottom of the pan with butter and I put some brown sugar on the bottom.  Cut into rolls and let rise for 25-35 minutes.  

 Ta Dum...
Pat came home and made some kind of glaze for the cinnamon buns.  I was taking Car to playschool so I couldn't tell you for sure but I am going to go out on a limb and say brown sugar and butter.  
They were good! 

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