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The sweet truth about my sweet tooth

January 26, 2010
By Wendy Monro

I am not a big fan of sweets. At least that is what I have been telling myself for several years. I don't drink pop or eat Snickers bars or ice cream. I never order dessert. I usually eat a thin piece of birthday cake because I feel like it is bad luck for the birthday if I don't. I am not sure where that superstition comes from. It's like toasting with an empty glass. You should not toast with an empty glassbut, I am not exactly sure why. So, I steer clear of sweets and prefer to get my high calorie cravings from savory cheesy or buttery foods. Every Sunday my family makes crepes filled with Nutella. I cook them and serve them; but then, when everyone is finished, I usually heat up leftovers from the night before for my breakfast. I love eating dinner leftovers for breakfast. Maybe that is too much information. Sorry.

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Angela Pritchett's cinnamon rolls

Time: less than an hour

Makes: 6 large cinnamon rolls

Dough:

2 pkgs. yeast

1 tsp sugar

1/2 C. warm water

1-1/4 C. buttermilk

2 eggs

1/2 C. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. salt

5-1/2 to 6 C. flour

Filling:

1/2 C. butter, softened

3/4 C. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Glaze:

1-1/2 C. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two 9" round pans. Stir yeast and 1 tsp. sugar into warm water and let stand for five minutes until foam forms. Combine buttermilk, eggs, 1/2 C. sugar, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Add yeast mixture and blend for two minutes at medium speed. Stir in enough flour until dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Keep 1/2 C. flour to use for kneading. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead for five minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Roll out dough into a rectangle approximately 12"x20" and 1/2 inch thick. Mix together the filling ingredients and spread evenly over the dough. Starting along the long edge, roll into a long roll. Cut the log into slices (use dental floss). Place into greased pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Combine the glaze ingredients and drizzle on top.

Wendy's spicy hot

cocoa

Time: 10 minutes

Serves: one delicious cup of hot chocolate

3 Tbsp hot chocolate mix

1 Tbsp chocolate syrup

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp chili powder

1/4 C. milk

3/4 C. boiling water

In a coffee mug, combine all of the ingredients. Stir in the boiling water and mix.

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