Saturday, January 4, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls on a Winter Day

This past Christmas, we discussed traditions - both in the things we do to celebrate the holiday and also the special foods we make. We decided to start a new tradition of making homemade cinnamon rolls. I asked my mother-in-law for her recipe. However, it wasn't as exact and scientific as I like with baking.  So, since I'm not a practiced baker of breads, I decided to research other recipes to try.

I really need to do this more - baking that requires kneading. It's quite like a form of meditation. Once everything is measured with precision, you can lose yourself in the dough and knead to your heart's desire.

I followed the Cinnamon Roll 101 recipe by The Pioneer Woman.  However, I used brown sugar in the filling for some extra sticky and sugary goodness. One mistake I made though was putting them in a baking dish that was too small.

It all worked out though. They baked just fine, the sugar got nice and gooey and they were lovely and doughy on the inside and golden on top.

Because, when it looks like this outside....

You just want to be inside your warm cozy candlelit home...

...enjoying one of these with a mug of coffee or tea on a cold winter day.

The other change I made from The Pioneer Woman's recipe was to choose a different frosting. I made a cream cheese frosting instead of the maple frosting that she used.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a mixing bowl, beat frosting ingredients until well mixed. Frost warm cinnamon rolls and serve.

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