Coffee Cardamom Rolls with Walnuts
In a small bowl, heat the milk until lukewarm. Then add the yeast into the milk with a pinch of sugar. Once you see the yeast kinda start to bubble you know it's alive and you can keep going. No bubbles? Your yeast is dead. It might have been old as hell or you might have killed it with milk that was hot as fuck. Either way, start that shit over with some new yeast.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or a big ass bowl combine the milk/yeast mixture, the rest of the sugar, the melted butter, cardamom and salt. Once that’s all mixed in, add the flour into the bowl and combine until you get a shaggy dough. If you're using a stand mixer, run it a medium high until the dough is smooth and pulled together in a tight ball, about 5-7. If you’re doing this shit the old-fashioned way, turn the shaggy dough onto a well floured surface and knead it until the dough looks smooth and pulled together into a tight ball, about 15 minutes.
Grease a bowl with some oil and flop the dough in there. Cover it up with a dish towel and leave to rise in a warm place for about an hour or until the dough doubles in size. While that is rising, make the filling. In a medium bowl mix together the walnuts, cinnamon, instant coffee, and sugars. Done. When the dough has finished rising, punch it down, then divide it in half.
Roll each half of dough into a rectangle about 6 inches tall and 14 inches wide using a well floured rolling pin. Brush the dough with half of the melted butter and then sprinkle the dough with half of the filling mixture leaving about an inch empty on the long side farthest away from you.
Roll the dough from the long side closest to you until you form a tight roll and seal it with the clean edge of dough you left. See? There was a reason you did that shit. Use a knife to cut the dough into 7 different 2-inch triangles per roll by alternating the diagonal cuts of the dough. Grease a sheet pan or cookie sheet or line it with some parchment and place the rolls on the sheet, seam side down when possible. Use your finger to press GENTLY into the center of the roll so that the sides spill out just a little. Now repeat this shit with the rest of the dough.
Cover the sheet pan with another dish towel and let them rise again until they look night and plump, about 45 minutes to an hour. When they look good to go, warm up the oven to 375 and brush the rolls with a mixture of about 2 tablespoons each of melted butter, non dairy milk, and maple syrup if you’ve got it. Or just use butter. Then throw them in the oven.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Brush again with the butter mixture and sprinkle over some sugar. Serve warm or at room temp.
* can't find it or don't want to? Use 2 teaspoons of cinnamon instead.
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