Baking Wonders

29 02 2012

Last night I made cinnabon cinnamon rolls.  I have the most difficult time making any type of bread.  However, this recipe turned out just great.  Jared had to work at 5 in the morning, but stayed up until they were done because he wanted more than one.

The saddest part was that I was pulling the cinnamon rolls out of the oven, and making the frosting.  I didn’t have any vanilla for the icing.  I always have extra vanilla, so I didn’t understand why I couldn’t find it.  Anyways, I substituted the vanilla with maple syrup and a little bit of milk and it turned out just fine.  I was so glad it turned out.

cinnabon recipe

The Cinnabon rolls

source: http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2008/12/christmas-morning-breakfast.html

1 cup warm milk
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup butter, melted
4 1/2 cups bread flour or regular flour (bread flour makes for a lighter cinnamon roll)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1 pkg yeast (1/4 ounce)

Filling:
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened

Icing:
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Microwave milk for 45-60 seconds in the microwave. Dissolve yeast in warm milk in a large bowl. Add sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour. Mix well. Knead dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour. Put in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. *Our house is so cold I have a hard time getting things to rise. If I turn on the oven and then put the rolls on top of the stove, the oven generates enough heat for them to rise.

In a small bowl, thoroughly combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Spray surface with cooking spray or sprinkle flour on it. Roll dough into a 16×21 inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Spread dough with 1/3 cup softened butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough starting with the longer side and cut into 12 rolls (or more smaller rolls). Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch glass baking dish. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. *After this I would put them in the refrigerator for the next morning if you are doing them the night before.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 18-20 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on while they are still warm so that the frosting melts into the roll. That’s what the Cinnabon people do.





Valentine’s Day

16 02 2012

So the sad part of Valentine’s is the fact that I had been sick for awhile.

I slept in, which was great.  I also made grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for Jared and me.

Later, I had to go to work.  When I got home, Jared had Papa Murphie’s pizza in the oven, sparkling cider, and a slice of red velvet cake for us.  We just enjoyed our time together and watched IQ.  He thought it was the greatest thing ever, but I just thought the movie was just ok.








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