I finally got around to the cinnamon rolls! : ) The brown transferware I bought from Tuesday Morning years ago - I love bringing it out in the Fall months.
Again, as I sit and write this post, I look out on darkness but there is a touch of sunrise coming. All is very quiet and the house is warming up and, of course, a cup of coffee off to the side. A new day. : )
This past week wasn't anything out of the ordinary so it's not like I have a whole lot to write about, but I guess that's okay as it's in the ordinary daily things that life mostly consists of. As the title of my post suggests, last Friday evening I pulled out the bread machine and made dough for my much anticipated Saturday morning cinnamon rolls. : ) I had mentioned to you that I missed my mom's rolls and it was a very special memory of mine growing up. And now that it's cold outdoors, I just had to do it. : )
I found this same dough in several places on-line so I don't know who to give the credit to, but it WAS a good one and I hope you can try it too. I know. Cinnamon rolls - dough, butter, frosting - you're thinking fat, fat, fat. Lately I just feel like we're too scared of food. But people of long ago used to eat food like this. My mom was never overweight and I don't remember a lot of people who were and we all ate real food. So, I have to admit, that food doesn't scare me. One cinnamon roll on a Saturday morning isn't going to break me. A small snack-size bag of chips with a sandwich for lunch isn't going to put me over the edge. A cookie or two for a coffee or tea break isn't going to be the problem. It's the over-doing it that's the problem! It's knowing portion control and self-control that's important.
I do know, however, that people DO have REAL problems with certain kinds of food and really have to watch what they eat so I'm not trying to be insensitive to that. But I think it's important that we enjoy food again. I have heard that French women do this. When they sit down to a meal they don't look at the food and wonder how many calories it has in it or what the fat content is or whether it's going to be good for them or not, they sit down and comment on how lovely everything looks and how wonderful everything tastes and ask for each other's recipes! They enjoy the moment of eating together and the delicious food they are eating - the secret though is not overdoing it!
I'm sure I went on long enough about this and I know you know what I mean, so here is the recipe:
CINNAMON ROLLS USING THE BREAD MACHINE
For the dough:
1 cup warm milk
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/3 cup melted butter
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 tsp. bread machine yeast
Put all of these ingredients in your bread machine bread pan in the order that they are listed. Select the dough cycle (mine usually takes about 1 1/2 hours).
Once the bread is done, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and cover with a clean cloth and let it rest for ten minutes. Meanwhile, make the cinnamon filling:
For the cinnamon filling:
1 cup light brown sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup softened butter
Mix this together well.
Once the dough has rested, roll it out to a 16 x 21-inch rectangle and spread the 1/3 cup softened butter over the dough and then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the butter. Roll the dough up starting with the long edge tightly and slice with a sharp knife into 12 rolls. Place these rolls into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled. BUT..............and this is what I did.............
Don't let them rise, but cover them with foil, pop them into the fridge overnight and then take them out 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for 25 to 30 minutes tenting them if you want to keep them from over-browning. This is SUCH a time-saver! Make them in the evening and bake in the morning - perfect for holidays when you're having someone over for a breakfast or brunch - your house will smell amazing!!!!!!!!
For the frosting (and you HAVE to have frosting):
3 ounces of softened cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
After the rolls have cooled a bit (but still warm) spread all this yummy frosting on top and serve. : )
I really hope you can try these and let me know what you think. Since it makes a dozen rolls, we ate just one and then I wrapped each of the others individually and put them in the freezer to just pull out the night before and heat up in the morning. Works out great.
Other than the regular routine of getting my home-work done during the week, there are a few extra things that I managed to do:
our Thanksgiving napkins! I finished hand-hemming them yesterday so they are good to go for our meal. I just love the print on these - they were cut from an old duvet cover.
and I made some soy candles for the house - this one is in the bathroom and is lavender scented, I have one in the kitchen that is, of course, a cinnamon roll scented one (can you tell my love for cinnamon rolls?!) : )
I spent some time in the kitchen looking at my upcoming meals and prepped a few things ahead of time - making syrup for pancakes that are on the menu, making a salad dressing for the salads, making a pizza seasoning mix for the flatbread pizza, etc. I also tried to re-organize the fridge (starting off with cleaning it first!) and then putting little baskets to hold like-items together. Now there is a place for all the nuts we eat and one for all the special grains like quinoa, flaxseed, cornmeal, rice, etc. and one for leftovers that need to be eaten before we make something new. It has a label that says "Eat first" on it so it reminds me to heat up those leftovers!
Also in the kitchen I finally pulled all those meal-planning ideas and printed recipes that I have yet to try into one kitchen notebook. Quite a while ago, I pulled out the recipes that I do cook with and with nutrition in mind, wrote down the entire menu for each meal that would include what vegetable or salad to serve with it, what kind of fruit would taste good with it, what kind of pasta or grain do I need, if any. So that helps tremendously when sitting down every week to think of meals to prepare. Now it's in a notebook for ease and for organization. And all those recipes that I haven't tried yet are in one place because my goal is to try one new recipe a week.
Since the weather for today is going to be so nice, a morning walk pretty soon will have to be planned for. Come back to a smoothie and a warm cinnamon roll with juice and then get started on today's to-do's:
*Write out the Thanksgiving cards - I just send a few out to family since we can't get together.
*Keep crocheting the "quilt" blocks for my blanket to give away - I'm almost there!!
*Clean out the storage room - I keep putting this one off!!!!
That should do it! Thank you SO much for dropping by again because I enjoy your visit. I hope this encourages you to bake, clean, work on something for someone else, take care of yourself and just do what you can to enjoy this day. That is your assignment for today!!! : ) God bless.