Cinnamon = Happy

6 Nov

IMG_0954One of my favorite memories from being a kid is when my Mom would make cinnamon rolls for breakfast. It was always on the weekends, but even on those days when you didn’t want to get up, that smell of freshly baked sweet buns would lure you from the deepest dream.

With Ryan coming home and knowing that the weekend holds lots of work for me, I wanted to have some special treats ready. Cinnamon rolls obviously have a special place in my heart and I love building that same love for my husband. I decided that even though it wouldn’t be the same as making them first thing in the morning, something was better than nothing.

I started with a basic cinnamon roll recipe and make some tweaks. Just as a note, there is NOTHING low fat, low calorie, low cholesterol, or low anything. These are real cinnamon rolls people. There is real sugar, real butter and real flavor. Those rolls in the dairy section can’t hold a candle to the flavor of love that homemade anything comes with.

Here’s the recipe:

Katie’s Cinnamon Rolls

Dough:
3 3/4 cups flour
1 cup skim milk, warmed to 120 degrees
3 tablespoons butter, melted into the milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1/2  cup sugar
2 packets dry active yeast

Filling:
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons water

Mix all the dough ingredients together and kneed for 8-10 minutes or until the dough comes together into a ball. Set aside in a lightly greased bowl to rise for 2 hours. Meanwhile, combine the cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl.

When dough has doubled in size, punch it down and roll into a 11×15 rectangle. spread the butter all over but leave a 1 inch border on one of the long sides. Evenly roll the dough onto itself. Slice into 12 pieces and arrange into a buttered baking dish. Allow to rise another 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown.

Let cool for 15-20 minutes and the then drizzle with the combined powdered sugar and water. Serve warm from pan.

Always thinking of the next meal

-Katie

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One Response to “Cinnamon = Happy”

  1. Rachel November 7, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    Can I have a napkin to clean up my drool? 🙂

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