Apparently I had a vendetta against myself this morning. I have to be at work at 7:30am, so I give myself exactly 20 minutes to wake up, take a shower, get dressed and make it out the door. It almost NEVER happens in 20 minutes, but I almost always make it to work on time. This morning I decided to take the time to look at myself in the mirror. Now, only giving myself 20 minutes to get ready doesn’t allow for time to look in the mirror. So looking in the mirror this morning automatically put me behind. Upon looking in the mirror, I see things that clearly I have been missing because of my lack of time to look in the mirror….my eyebrows! Ok, so they aren’t resembling Cindy Crawford in the 80s, myself in the 90s, or my friend “T” today (name hidden, but she knows who she is). But I do see some hairs that are breaking ranks. Time to pluck! Plucking eyebrows is not fun, and it makes my eyes water. I would rather get them waxed, but because I spend all of my free time in the kitchen or at sporting events with the kids, I am forced to pluck. This was not the way I wanted to start my morning….at this point I’m really late because not only did I stop to look in the mirror, I have spent 1 minute plucking eyebrows. What was I thinking?!
I rush down the steps and realize that I still have to put the green beans in the crockpot for dinner tonight. Ok, now I’m really in trouble because I haven’t chopped the onions that need to go in with the green beans. Do you like chopping onions? I don’t! So I made my eyes water with the plucking and now I was making them water again with the onions. I’m not sure why I torture myself in these ways, but I’m over it now.
Just like last week, I spent the evening in the kitchen preparing baked goods for our United Way fundraiser. It’s so much fun to do the research to find the perfect recipe, and I think I found 2 really good ones. The only problem is that one of them took a LOT more time then I had planned. What’s new? Right now i’m going to post the one that took far less time, and received rave reviews. These are not complicated to make, and it would be difficult to mess these up. My son even had an idea to modify this recipe and I plan to try that out soon.
So, if you are short on time like me, then make these for a breakfast, brunch or a work fundraiser and you will have more time to spend with your family….if that’s what you like to do. If not, you can spend the extra time stalking old boyfriends/girlfriends on Facebook.
Adapted from: Pass the Sushi
Makes 12 Danishes
3 tubes of Crescent Rolls
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese – softened
1/3 cup granulated white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 tbsp. butter (melted)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 tsp. milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl of a stand mixer, combine cream cheese, white sugar and vanilla, and mix until smooth.
Unroll dough, and leave the croissants attached in groups of 2s. They should stay attached at the slanted edge so you have 2 croissants that form a rectangle. They should like like this: [\] Smooth out the perforated edge between the 2 croissants and brush the rectangle with melted butter. Sprinkle each rectangle with brown sugar and then roll up, starting with the longer edge (make sure to press the seam to seal it). Bend the roll to form a circle, but bring one of the ends inside the circle to form a tighter pastry.
Place the danishes on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and use your fingers to create a well in the middle of the pastry for the cream cheese mixture. Fill the middle of the pastry with a heaping tablespoon (or more) of the cream cheese mixture.
Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
Prepare the glaze by placing the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk into a medium sized bowl and either mixing by hand or using a mixer to combine until smooth. Drizzle glaze over danishes once they have cooled completely.
08 Sep 2011 1 Comment