Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Friday, May 19, 2017

Apple Praline Buttermilk Bread

Need a fun, quick, over-the-top tasting loaf for gift giving?
The crunchy praline topping is a game changer!

Apple Praline Buttermilk Bread...this sweet bread gets even better when you pour the HOT praline topping over the finished product.  It gets crunchy and so good! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


I'm not sure if it's the rainy wet weather we've had one day and the sweltering heat we've had the next day or if I'm just in a funk, but I've been hunkered down in the kitchen on dull days baking.

When I'm not baking, I'm finding myself buying fresh bouquets or planting flowers.  Take a peek HERE.  They are gracing my kitchen table and my deck and just looking at them helps me wish for Summer. Put those two together {flowers + baking} and my life is pretty much made.

Throw in a glass of wine and a good book and you'd think I'd have won the lottery! And maybe some Fixer Upper re-runs and gosh darn it, I'm high on life.

It doesn't take much for me to smile. I live simply and enjoy pleasing others. My house isn't grand, but my kitchen always smells good and my friends know they can often rely on me to deliver a warm baked good.


Apple Praline Buttermilk Bread...this sweet bread gets even better when you pour the HOT praline topping over the finished product.  It gets crunchy and so good! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

In fact after baking up this mouth watering bread I promptly texted a friend and informed her a warm loaf and two jars of my homemade jam would be by her front door when she arrived home from work. You see I bake and then I give most of it away. I cannot be trusted with the sweet little miracles I create!


When dreaming up this sweet loaf I knew I had buttermilk in the fridge to use up and a few lonely apples in the crisper drawer that had seen better days. Why not? I know it's not Fall, where apples are in abundance everywhere, but that doesn't mean we still can't bake with them, right?


Apple Praline Buttermilk Bread...this sweet bread gets even better when you pour the HOT praline topping over the finished product.  It gets crunchy and so good! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

But here's the kicker, the sweet, hot, almost boiling, praline sauce that you pour over the bread when it comes out of the oven? Well, it might be better than flowers, wine and re-runs of Fixer Upper combined.

If that is possible.


My kids who came home from school that day with the everyday sigh of, “I-might-die-right-here-on-the-kitchen-floor-if-I-don't-eat-right-now” look devoured this bread in about 5 seconds flat. In fact, I think one started choking before he took a big gulp of water to wash it down.


Apple Praline Buttermilk Bread...this sweet bread gets even better when you pour the HOT praline topping over the finished product.  It gets crunchy and so good! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

They gave it 5 stars and quickly asked why in the world I would give away the extra loaf when they loved it so much. Kids. Their waistlines are non existent at the meager ages of 3, 6 and 7. If they only knew how much they should be slowly enjoying that hot bread fresh from the oven after school, as in the coming years it will come with lots of guilt.

But, I kept my mouth shut about diets and waistlines and just informed them that it is nice to bake for others unexpectedly.


Who doesn't love to receive a foodie package at their doorstep?

Enjoy this bread warm from the oven or a day later with a nice, cold glass of milk. That praline topping gets crunchy and oh, so delicious!


Apple Praline Buttermilk Bread

Print this Recipe!

2 c. flour
½ c. sugar
1 ½ t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 c. buttermilk
1 egg
¼ c. vegetable oil
1 c. finely diced apples
1 t. cinnamon
½ c. finely diced pecans

Topping:
1 stick unsalted buttermilk
½ c. brown sugar

½ c. finely diced pecans

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a stand mixer combine the flour sugar, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. Add in the buttermilk, egg, oil, diced apples and pecans. Stir until just combined. Transfer to two greased loaf pans.
4. Bake loaves for 40-45 minutes or until raised and slightly golden.
5. Right before the loaves are finished, melt the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan on the stove. Once melted, bring to a boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. When the loaves are taken out of the oven, pour the hot topping over the bread and top with the remaining chopped pecans.

6. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Apple Praline Buttermilk Bread...this sweet bread gets even better when you pour the HOT praline topping over the finished product.  It gets crunchy and so good! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Need more bread inspiration? Nothing smells better in the kitchen!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5 Minute BLT Frito Dip

My new favorite dip for summer!
People continually come crawling back to this bowl for seconds.

5 Minute BLT Frito Dip...the perfect summer snack!  Served great poolside, at a barbecue or for a potluck! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So this past weekend, as you all know, was Mother's Day, but it was extra special in our house as our youngest shared Mother's Day with me and celebrated her 3rd birthday.

She's 3!  I cannot believe it.  Remember her birth story?  You can read about it here.  She came to us in a flourish and hasn't stopped since.  Being the youngest, I feel she is wise beyond her 3 years, yet loves her Mama time alone with me all the same.  Unfortunately she was a bit under the weather for her birthday, but judging by this smile, it didn't affect her too much!

We invited family over for a joint Mother's Day and birthday barbecue and it was....HOT!  It truly felt like summer.  I served barbecue pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, fruit salad and the dip I'm showcasing today, my 5 Minute BLT Frito Dip.

What a hit it was!


I also received beautiful flower's on Mother's Day plus a box of chocolate donut holes {they know the way to their Mother's heart}.  The day was packed with church, parties and outdoor fun, along with a night ball practice thrown in but I wouldn't have had it any other way. 

I hope all you Mom's out there got some special treatment too!

Alright, let's talk DIP.

My favorite course.

5 Minute BLT Frito Dip...the perfect summer snack!  Served great poolside, at a barbecue or for a potluck! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I have no problem making a meal out of chips and salsa, or chips and guacamole, or cheese and crackers or heck, even a plate of nachos.  I'm a snacker, what can I say?

A good dip is like a good friend.  You just keep going back for more.  This dip?  Beyond easy. And tasty.  I had three people ask me for the recipe on Sunday.  Everyone loved it and not a lick was left when the party was done.

That my friends, is a good sign of a good dip.

5 Minute BLT Frito Dip...the perfect summer snack!  Served great poolside, at a barbecue or for a potluck! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

What's great about this appetizer is that for one it really, truly only takes 5 minutes to prepare! Secondly, you can make it a few hours ahead or a day ahead stick it in the fridge and it's ready to go. Perfect for pool parties, barbecues or.....LUNCH...you know, for those who can make a snack a meal.

Know anyone?

Tuck this one away for the warm months ahead.  Studded with crisp bacon, diced tomatoes, green onions, cheese and a very unique ingredient that gives it a CRUNCH, it will win over most anyone!

5 Minute BLT Frito Dip


1 1/2 c. mayo
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
4 green onions, diced
1/2 c. cooked, chopped bacon
1 small tomato, diced
1/2 c. silvered almonds

1.  In a bowl combine all of the ingredients, cover and chill for at least two hours before serving. Use Frito chips as dippers.

5 Minute BLT Frito Dip...the perfect summer snack!  Served great poolside, at a barbecue or for a potluck! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Are you a dip fanatic like me?  Here are some of my other favorites...


Friday, May 12, 2017

Amish Breakfast Casserole

I've learned that when you saute bacon and onion together it solves the world's problems.
It happened again here with this breakfast casserole.

Amish Breakfast Casserole...the BEST baked egg dish EVER!  Can you guess the secret ingredient? (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So far this week we've had one weeknight where we were actually home for the WHOLE evening. Which means I had time to cook an actual meal.  You know, one that requires baking time in the oven.  Heard of it?

It had been awhile since I did.  We've been surviving on pre-made dinners such as tacos {where I prepped all the ingredients earlier in the day},  quick grilled sandwiches on the panini press and these delicious Iowa Maid-Rites that can simmer the day away in the crock pot.

Baseball practices are fun, the kids LOVE it, but it can take your once planned dinners to a crazy, un-planned level.

Amish Breakfast Casserole...the BEST baked egg dish EVER!  Can you guess the secret ingredient? (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've made approximately 1,589 breakfast egg dishes in my lifetime.  I am not exaggerating. We eat one at least once a month, whether it breakfast or dinner.  We don't care.  They are easy to prep ahead and throw in the oven later.

Recently I had Fox Chapel Publishing send me this brand new Amish Community Cookbook. As a native Iowan we are used to many Amish communities surrounding the small town country side.  We are also used to their fabulous cooking and baking.

I try and make a trip once a summer to a semi-local Amish community and stock up on their bulk baking ingredients.  They are super duper cheap and last forever.  And let's be honest, I often buy some of their decedant baked goods.  I cannot resist.

Flipping through this cookbook I found a dish that spoke to me.  Bacon and onion sauteed together? A very unique ingredient that I would have never guessed be put in an egg casserole?  Lots of cheese?  

Amish Breakfast Casserole...the BEST baked egg dish EVER!  Can you guess the secret ingredient? (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I prepped this in the morning while the kids were at school, baked these muffins for a simple side and crossed my fingers it would all be devoured at dinner.

It was not only devoured I'm pretty sure the baking dish was scraped and licked clean. Every single person in my family, including the one who often turns up his or her nose when I announce eggs for dinner took seconds.

The creaminess of these eggs is unbelievable.  And the flavor?  I didn't even have to add salt people. No salt.  Unheard of, right?

Amish Breakfast Casserole...the BEST baked egg dish EVER!  Can you guess the secret ingredient? (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Do me a favor and promptly erase all other egg dishes from your memory and recipe files. This one will replace them.

Amish Breakfast Casserole


1 lb. bacon, chopped and fried crisp
1 medium onion, finely chopped
6 eggs
4 c. frozen shredded hash browns
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. small curd cottage cheese

1.  In a large skillet cook the diced bacon and onion until bacon is crisp.  Drain on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
2.  In a large bowl whisk the eggs.  Add in the hash browns, half of the shredded cheese and cottage cheese.  Fold in 3/4 of the bacon/onion mixture.
3.  Transfer mixture to a greased 9x13 baking dish and sprinkle with remaining bacon/onion/cheese mixture.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let set for 10 minutes before serving.

Amish Breakfast Casserole...the BEST baked egg dish EVER!  Can you guess the secret ingredient? (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Zesty Spaghetti Salad

Want to impress your friends at the next summer barbecue?
This Zesty Spaghetti Salad will do it!

Zesty Spaghetti Salad...my new favorite summer pasta salad!  Tangy, zesty and full of flavor! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Hey everyone!  How was your weekend?  In our neck of the woods the weather was GORGEOUS and that just makes my heart happy.

I got a ton of Vitamin D over the weekend and my soul is rejoicing.  I spent quality time with my girlfriends holding our annual garage sale, such an easy way to make some bucks!  I finished the book The Hillbilly Elegy, which came highly recommended, and the husband and I spent a fun Sunday with the kids going to church, playing ball outside, making stove-top popcorn, grilling burgers for dinner and tackling some household chores {which they didn't think was fun}.

All in all, a great weekend.

Oh, and how about this Zesty Spaghetti Salad!

Zesty Spaghetti Salad...my new favorite summer pasta salad!  Tangy, zesty and full of flavor! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

We had visited my in-laws a couple of weeks back and my husband's aunt brought a similar side dish. It was a big hit and I instantly knew I needed to try it at home.

Because that is what food bloggers do.  They eat something delicious and then run home and frantically try and recreate their version.

I couldn't find one ingredient so I swapped it out with something else.  Then because I cannot leave well enough alone I added a couple of ingredients I had on hand that seemed to fit in well.  It turned out great!  It is the perfect salad to pair with burgers on the grill and homemade steak fries.

Zesty Spaghetti Salad...my new favorite summer pasta salad!  Tangy, zesty and full of flavor! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I will say I had one particular child walk by while I was making this and they started complaining about the black olives.  Honestly.  That child would rather enlist their seven year old self for World War III then eat a black olive.

And then that particular child wondered {outloud} why anyone would eat spaghetti COLD. Well, bless the heavens above, his idea of any spaghetti noodle is one smothered in red sauce and covered in Parmesan cheese.

I can't blame him.

But, in our house our kids eat everything I make, at least a bite and surprisngly he choked ate this spaghetti salad without too much heartache in the end.

I've decided I'm making this again on Mother's Day {which also happens to be our youngest birthday}.  We are inviting close family over for a barbecue and this will pair perfect with barbecue pork sandwiches, potato salad and baked beans.  The quinnessential summer American meal!

Give this one a try.  It's zesty and SO full of flavor!

Zesty Spaghetti Salad


12 oz. spaghetti noodles
12 oz. bottle Zesty Italian dressing
1 tomato, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 small can chopped black olives
1 t. sugar
2 T. Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning
1 T. dried onion flakes
1 c. freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. chopped pepperoni

1.  In a large pot of water brought to a boil, cook the spaghetti noodles as directed.  I also heavily salt my boiling water {it flavors the pasta}.  When cooked, drain and rinse with cold water.
2.  Add the cooked spaghetti to a large serving bowl.  Pour the dressing over the noodles and toss to coat.  It will look like there is too much dressing, but it will gradually soak in.
3.  Add in the reminaing ingredients; tomato, black olives, green onion, sugar, seasoning blend, dried onion, shredded Parmesan and pepperoni.  Combine and toss to coat.
4.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
5.  This pasta salad will stay fresh in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Zesty Spaghetti Salad...my new favorite summer pasta salad!  Tangy, zesty and full of flavor! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've got some great foods coming up!  

Anyone interested in Caramel Pecan Pancakes?  Or a 5 Minute BLT Dip?

Until then, enjoy Spring!  Here are a few more of my favorite warm weather dishes for inspiration.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Green Grape Cheesecake Salad

Need a refreshing and easy fruit salad to bring to a gathering?
This one is a crowd pleaser!

Green Grape Cheesecake Salad...a fruit salad that tastes like dessert!  Sweet grapes, creamy filling and crunchy pecans! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've been knee deep in boxes and bins and bag of STUFF.  Mostly kid's stuff.  Clothes that they've outgrown, toys they no longer use or have forgotten.  Basically crap that I no longer want to be tripping over.

It is garage sale weekend around these parts and two of my girlfriends and I are gathering all of our...ahem...treasures...sticking a price on them and praying to the God's that someone snatches them up.

We usually have really good luck, as the town is swirling with bargin shoppers and kid's items sell really well.  So even though I complain about getting the stuff ready, it feels FABULOUS to free it from my house and make a little pocket change.

Green Grape Cheesecake Salad...a fruit salad that tastes like dessert!  Sweet grapes, creamy filling and crunchy pecans! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It also gives me some girl time.  WITHOUT CHILDREN.  Bless their little hearts, but I do enjoy some downtime from them.

We chat in between customers, soak up some rays if the weather is cooperating and just sit and relax. And if this year rings true, we'll also munch on some yummy goodies.  Sometimes we run and grab sub sandwiches for us during lunch and other times we all bring a munchie and graze the afternoon away.

This "salad" if you want to call it that, is one I've brought in previous years.  It's cool, creamy, tart and crunchy.  It pairs perfectly with a sandwich or on a plate with cheese and crackers.  It's most definitely more of a dessert, but I call it salad because there is fruit in it. 

Whatever.  I've never been much about rules.

Green Grape Cheesecake Salad...a fruit salad that tastes like dessert!  Sweet grapes, creamy filling and crunchy pecans! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The first time I laid my eyes on this salad I was in a corporate job, my first big one after college.  I remember heading to the main conference room for a lunch meeting.  I walked in and the big, center conference table was laden with food.

You name it, it was there.  Sandwiches, dips, salads and so much more.  I was making my way around the table and I came to this bowl that looked like a cross between tuna salad or rather what my mind was thinking "some kind of chopped pickle and grapes mixed into Cool Whip".

I gingerly scooped a mini bite on my plate and sat down.

Then I took a bite.  

Holy crap!  It wasn't chopped pickles mixed into Cool Whip.  It was a delicious fruit salad that tasted like cheesecake, studded with salty pecans.

I was hooked.

Green Grape Cheesecake Salad...a fruit salad that tastes like dessert!  Sweet grapes, creamy filling and crunchy pecans! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've been making this dish ever since.  I take it to potlucks, make it for barbecues and recently took it to a MOPS brunch meeting.

Everyone asks for the recipe...make this soon!

Green Grap Cheesecake Salad


3 lbs. green grapes, halved {lengthwise}
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. sour cream
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
4 oz. chopped pecans
2 T. brown sugar

1.  Using a hand held mixer or stand mixer cream together the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.
2.  Fold in the chopped grapes and pecans.
3.  Chill until served.
4.  This will stay fresh for a couple days in the fridge.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Everything Cookies + Cookbook Giveaway

These Everything Cookies will become your new favorite!
Loaded with oats, pecans, raisins, chocolate and peanut butter it really doesn't get better.
Plus I'm giving away a beautiful cookbook, scroll to the bottom to see!

Everything Cookies...the cookies you've been waiting for!  Studded with raisins, peanut butter, oats, pecans and chocolate chips.  My new favorite cookie! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Who wants to join me for a spot of tea?  And a cookie?  A really good, can't-just-eat-one cookie?  I knew you'd say YES.  I mean, an invitation with a food blogger for tea, cookies and some lovely chit chat is hard to pass up.

These cookies have a bit of a back story so hang with me here.

I've always been a T.V. lover.  Now, I've had periods in my life where not much was watched {hello, three babies in five years}, but I do try and sit down to one of my favorite shows at least once a day. Call it laziness or call it dedication.  Whatever you prefer.

I'm currently binge watching Friday Night Lights.  I'm loving this show.  Because, hello football. Life drama. Passionate cast members.  And let's be honest Tim Riggins is pretty nice to look at.  A few months back it was Parenthood.  I'm not sure what is next, but send me some options!

I also will dabble in many HGTV home makeover shows and the occasional BRAVO reality series. Many of them make me cringe but I did start watching Ladies of London last year.  I spent three days in London back in high school and would love to go back.  Two of the cast members on this show are from the States so naturally it was fun watching them live in another country.

Everything Cookies...the cookies you've been waiting for!  Studded with raisins, peanut butter, oats, pecans and chocolate chips.  My new favorite cookie! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Marissa Hermer is one of those Californian Expats.  Hailing from the world of avocados, granola and all things healthy eating, she until recently called London home with her husband and three kiddos {they have since moved back to CA}.

This story continues as one day I was scrolling through Instagram and saw that Marissa, herself, had started following my account!  God bless her.  Then upon scrolling through her account it was easy to see that she was writing a cookbook.  God bless her again.

I casually watched the process {many say it is like birthing another child} and when I received an email from her PR firm asking to review her cookbook and test a recipe I was sold!

Everything Cookies...the cookies you've been waiting for!  Studded with raisins, peanut butter, oats, pecans and chocolate chips.  My new favorite cookie! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Reading cookbooks is fun for me.  Hell, reading is my second past time!  One day when it was gorgeous outside, I brewed a cup of tea from the amazing batch they sent me, plopped myself on a deck chair and read this straight through in just over an hour.

I marked about 15 recipes that I wanted to make then narrowed it down to about five {all of which I had everything on hand for}.  Then finally decided to showcase her Everything Cookies for you guys. Because....cookies!  I knew if I tackled a batch of these they'd be gobbled up before I had a chance to even turn round.

I'm not kidding when I say these just might be my favorite NEW go to cookie.  It is virtually impossible to just eat one.  In fact the husband randomly came home for lunch the day I made these and ATE FIVE.

Five.  

Everything Cookies...the cookies you've been waiting for!  Studded with raisins, peanut butter, oats, pecans and chocolate chips.  My new favorite cookie! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I made these fairly large as they do spread a bit and it gave me a healthy three dozen.  I debated handing out some to the other moms at ball practice that night...but then quickly realized that would be silly.

Why give these away?  

I'd rather hoard them for myself.

To keep in my purse for emergencies.

I do think these cookies are a perfect combination of the U.K. and the U.S.  Hearty, studded with milk chocolate, oats, raisins and nuts.  Ideal with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Everything Cookies

Print this Recipe!
*from An American Girl in London cookbook

3 c. old-fashioned oats
1 t. cinnamon
1 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
pinch of sea salt
1 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c. peanut butter
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. pecans, chopped {original recipe uses walnuts}
1 c. chocolate chips

1.  In a bowl combine the oats, cinnamon, flour, baking soda and salt.
2.  In a stand mixer beat together the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined.
3.  On low speed add in the dry ingredients.
4.  Fold in the raisins, pecans and chocolate chips.
5.  Chill the dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
6.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Drop by heaping spoonfuls, rolling into balls on the sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Everything Cookies...the cookies you've been waiting for!  Studded with raisins, peanut butter, oats, pecans and chocolate chips.  My new favorite cookie! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Now here's the fun part!

I am giving away a copy of Marissa's new cookbook, An American Girl in London to one of YOU!  I have no doubt you will love this cookbook.  It showcases everything from hearty dishes like spaghetti and turkey meatballs and truffle oil mac and cheese to lighter dishes like Mum's Chicken Soup and Iceburge Wedge salads.

And let's not forget Sticky Toffee Pudding!  That stuff is incredible.

To enter the giveaway, I'm keeping it simple.  Because these cookies are simple. And I'm simple. Simply leave a comment telling me what countries you've traveled to.

Here's my list: England, France, Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Dominican Republic.

I will choose one random winner at 9 p.m. CST on Monday, May 1st.  Enter today, good luck!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls

Want to impress your family over the weekend?
Ready in an hour!

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls...ready in ONE HOUR!  Sweet strawberry jam, filled into between soft dough, then glazed with a sweet almond frosting! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

These Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls scream springtime to me.  What is it about pink?  It floods me with thoughts of baby showers, wedding showers, picnics, birthday parties and warm weather. It is nearing the end of April, flowers are blooming, gardens are being prepped and I'm loving all things strawberry.

These sweet rolls only require your favorite jam {here my strawberry freezer jam is pictured}, but it is only about a matter of a month give or take a week or two and strawberries will be in full season around here!

I painstakingly transferred about a third of my strawberry plants to their CORRECT beds a couple of weeks ago.  Those darn plants get a mind of their own and take off everywhere! I'm hoping I now have them controlled, they aren't mad at me and we have a stellar crop.

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls...ready in ONE HOUR!  Sweet strawberry jam, filled into between soft dough, then glazed with a sweet almond frosting! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Strawberries are by far one of my favorite fruits.  My mom used to cut them up and give me a side bowl of SUGAR to dip them in.  I still cannot believe I used to eat them that way. They are so sweet already!  Really mom, what were you thinking?

Teeth rot obviously.

Now that I'm grown up and completely mature {ahem} I skip the side bowl of sugar and eat them fresh.  And when I pick way too many at the strawberry farm {every.single.year} I make tons of jam and shove it at all my friends and family.

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls...ready in ONE HOUR!  Sweet strawberry jam, filled into between soft dough, then glazed with a sweet almond frosting! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I based these rolls off my One Hour Cinnamon Roll recipe, which for so many reasons you should already know.....I love.  Cinnamon Rolls done in an hour?  Yes, it can be done.  They are perfect for any mom who likes to bake for their kids.  You can show off these delicious rolls and pretend you've been slaving, punching down dough since 6 a.m.

Please.

Bless the mothers who do that.

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls...ready in ONE HOUR!  Sweet strawberry jam, filled into between soft dough, then glazed with a sweet almond frosting! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And let's be honest.  These Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls are nothing without the frosting. Nothing. Compare it to pizza without cheese.  Or spaghetti without sauce.  Prehaps chips without salsa.  Or could you imagine tailgating without beer?

Some things just have to go together and cinnamon rolls, of any kind, need frosting, or they are just a bland, dry spiced roll.

This makes a nice batch, I ended up with three 8x8 pans.  One for us and two to give away. They stay fresh for a couple days, just nuke them in the microwave for about 10 seconds the next day to soften up!

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls


Dough:
1 c. warm water
3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. melted unsalted butter
2 T. regular yeast
pinch of salt
2 eggs
5 1/2 c. flour

Filling:
4 T. melted unsalted butter
1 c. strawberry jam

Frosting:
3 c. powdered sugar
2 t. almond extract
1/4 c. milk, plus more to thin out if needed

1.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Grease three 8x8 baking pans.
2.  In a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand held mixer combine the warm water, milk, sugar, butter and yeast.  Let sit for 5 minutes.
3.  Add in the eggs, salt and flour and mix for 10 minutes.  Then let rest for another 10 minutes.
4.  Roll the dough out over a floured large surface to 1/4 of an inch thickness into a large rectangle. Spread on the melted butter, then the jam.
5.  Carefully roll up and using a serrated knife cut into 27 slices, placing the rolls in the greased dishes.
6.  Bake for 20 minutes.
7.  In a bowl combine the powdered sugar, almond extract and milk.  If the frosting is too thick {I prefer mine a bit thinner}, add more milk one tablespoon at a time.
8.  Spread the frosting over the warm rolls.  Serve warm or cover and heat up again later.

Strawberry Swirl Sweet Rolls...ready in ONE HOUR!  Sweet strawberry jam, filled into between soft dough, then glazed with a sweet almond frosting! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I've dabbled in a just a couple other cinnamon roll varieties.  Give these a try!