Monday, April 9, 2012

Jesus Christ Has Risen....

...He Is Risen Indeed, Allelulia! I am so glad we can say the "A" word again during Mass; it is is so solemn without it. When I told BAP at the beginning of Lent that we could not say Allelulia, I think he was a bit confused. However he made up for it by singing "Happy Birthday to [Baby] Jesus." I guess that works too. Yesterday was an event-filled day. We attended 7AM Mass; what a joy-filled celebration. We had my in-laws over for breakfast - 12 of us total. Then we trudged off to my folks around 2PM. There was so much food. I made quiche and orange rolls for breakfast. They were such a hit. BAP and SSP just ate the frosting off the rolls and ALL their quiche. Oh what a sugar high they were on, especially with all the goodies in their baskets/hunts too.

Orange Rolls

1 T white sugar
1 T yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup warm water
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix (about 1/2 small pkg)
1 T orange extract
5 cups flour
1 t salt

1/2 cup butter, softened
2 T orange zest (omitted)
1 t orange extract
3/4 cup white sugar

1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 t orange extract (I added an additional 1-2)
2 T milk (omitted)

Combine yeast, sugar, milk and water. Add egg, orange juice, butter, pudding mix and extract. Add flour and salt. Add enough flour to make a soft dough. Set in large greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled.
Combine butter, zest and extract (let meld). Roll out dough into a LARGE rectangle. Spread butter mixture all over dough. Sprinkle sugar evenly over all. Roll up jelly-roll style. Cut into 16-18 large rolls. Arrange evenly all over parchment-lined cookie sheet. Cover and let rise. (or place in fridge over night). Preheat over to 350 (if refrigerated let come to room temperature at least 30minutes prior). Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown (it took mine closer to 45 since I think my oven is slowly losing its heating power. :( ) Cool slightly.
Combine all frosting ingredients (adding enough milk/extract until the consistency desired).

Potato Crusted Quiche

4 cups frozen shredded hashbrowns, thawed (I hydrate dehydrated ones)
3-5 T butter, divided
1 cup cheese
1 (16oz) kielbasa sausage, coined and halved
1 large bell pepper, diced
1/2 large onion, diced
24 eggs

Grease 2-9x13 pans well. Preheat oven to 425. Combine 3 T butter with potatoes. Saute sausage, pepper and onion (until veggies are getting slightly softened and sausage is browning). Press 1/2 potatoes into bottom and sides of one pan (repeat). Bake for about 25minutes until just getting browned. Meanwhile beat eggs and milk together along with your favorite spices (we love garlic, more onion, salt and pepper - sometimes a sprinkle or two of cayenne for heat). Place half sausage-veggie mixture in bottom of each pan. Sprinkle with cheese. Add half of eggs to each (it was easier for me to mix 12 eggs at a time then I could be assured the same amount of eggs were in each). Return to oven and bake an additional 30minutes until eggs are just set. Serve with salsa.

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