Saturday, February 1, 2014

American Girl Food (And some people food too.)

I am officially moved back into college, and have been slammed full on with classes, work, and hanging out with friends. Oh, I've slept some too. (It's a lot easier when a baby isn't keeping you up all night. All that being said, I still really miss just being able to hang out with my family all day baking and crafting. I value every minute I was able to spend at home, and am blessed to have such a great family to come home to.

There's no better way to spoil a deserving family than by sharing some homemade bagels with them. These are Panera cinnamon crunch bagel copycats. Harper loved the crunchy sugar coating, and so did her doll.
Cinnamon Crunch Bagels
makes 10
For the dough:
4 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 ½ tbsp. dry active yeast
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 cup melted white chocolate chips
1 ½ cups hot water (110 degrees)
2 tbsp sugar for the boiling water

For the cinnamon crunch:
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
¼ cup melted butter

Mix the sugar, yeast, 1 cup of flour, and cinnamon together in the bowl of an electric mixer. In a separate container, whisk together the water, sugar, salt, and melted chocolate chips until everything comes together. Use the mixer to mix the wet and dry ingredients. Slowly add in the rest of the flour until a nice ball of dough has formed. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Divide it into 10 balls, and push your thumb through the middle of each ball to make a bagel shape. Let the bagels rise for 25 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and bring a large pot of water to a boil with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Boil each bagel for 90 seconds, flip, and boil for another 90 seconds. Remove the bagel from the pot with a slotted spoon to a baking stone. Repeat this process with each bagel. Bake the bagels in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. While they are baking, mix the cinnamon crunch ingredients together except for the butter. Coat each bagel with butter and dip in the cinnamon sugar. Bake another 25 minutes. Allow the bagels to cool for 15 minutes before serving.
One craft that Harp really wanted to do with me was make American Girl doll clay food.

Afterwards, we had an American Girl camping trip complete with a bonfire, hot dogs, and hamburgers.
And what better way to wake up from a camping trip to some nice doughnuts? We also added a banana in for good measure.

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