Baking For Stress Relief
Posted by Krissie J
I had a few reasons (looking at you, Philles & Eagles) to want some stress relief and my favorite way to do that is by baking. Although, does anyone really need a good excuse to bake? I’d say no.
I found out a few days ago I was paired up with Erin from The Spiffy Cookie for the next Blogger Bake Swap hosted by Amy & Jessica. I decided to snoop her blog a little to get an idea on what kind of goodies she makes. Not only does she have a ton of great recipes, she’s also crazy smart (getting her PhD in biomed sciences). I love coming across new blogs, especially if the writer is a science nerd like me!
The first recipe that caught my eye was for pumpkin danishes. I had to make them.
I decided to save the mixer for another day and made the first part of the recipe by hand. The cream cheese was already softened, but it still took a bit of elbow grease to get it smooth.
I made sure to press the edges of the crescent rolls together. This will help while twisting the dough, although the dough may still separate a little. It wasn’t too hard to work with though.
How cute are these? I could’ve thrown them in the oven just like this and they’d still be delicious.
I used three tubes of crescent rolls instead of two since Erin made note in her post that she had leftovers of the cream cheese topping. I figured the more for my coworkers (and us) the better!
I baked a little longer than 15 min to let them puff up a little more. Baking time is usually oven-dependent, so be sure to hang around while they’re baking so they’re not overdone.
Delicious! The recipe was really easy to follow and the taste of the danishes is sweet but not overwhelmingly so. I didn’t dump a ton of brown sugar on top of the dough which allowed the pumpkin flavor to really stand out. The bonus is there is still enough left over to top my bagel tomorrow morning. You can use the first part of this recipe to make a great pumpkin cream cheese spread for your favorite breakfast carb. I can’t wait to see what Erin sends me for the swap.
Side note: if the pictures look a little more pixelated than in previous posts, it’s because I am using my Canon SD450 Digital Elph which is only a 5.0 megapixel camera. My Sony Cybershot (it was still dated, maybe 7 or 8 megapixels) is dying or dead. I had a bad day last week and it was a casualty of that. I am up for recommendations on both point-and-shoot as well as SLR cameras to replace my ancient technology.