Hang with me, we’re covering a lot of ground today…
The Hubs’ birthday was last Thursday. Unlike myself, he is a bit funny/picky about sweets and picked cinnamon rolls over a cake or pie. I have made the same cinnamon rolls for a few years now, mostly just around Christmas time, and they are divine. However, for Christmas morning with G’s family I tried a new recipe, courtesy of a friend from work… and we may have a new winner. The 2nd time around they were even better, as I didn’t rush them. You should know by now I’m not the patient one in this house. Any kind of homemade bread is a labor of love, but this particular recipe takes a lengthy amount of time (with 3 rising times), so I recommend making them the day before. They are so totally worth it though.
I spy a hole where a cinnamon roll should be…
1/2 c warm water
2 pkg active dry yeast
2 T sugar
1 (3.5 oz) pkg instant vanilla pudding
1 c butter, melted (divided)
2 eggs, beaten
1 t salt
8 c flour
In a small bowl combine the water, yeast and sugar. Let rest a few minutes. In a large bowl make the pudding according to directions. To the pudding add 1/2 c of the melted butter, eggs, and salt and mix well. Add the yeast mixture. Gradually add the flour and knead until smooth. Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. Punch down the dough and let it rise again for about 45 more min. Onto a floured surface, roll out tough to a 34″ x 21″ rectangle. Brush on the other 1/2 c melted butter and cover with the topping.
2 c packed brown sugar
2 T cinnamon
Roll up the dough and cut into 2″ pieces, yielding 16-17 rolls. Place 4 rolls in each greased square pan. Cover pans and let rise in a warm place until doubled. Bake the rolls at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Let cool a little and then frost and enjoy.
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 c butter, softened
1 t vanilla
3 c powdered sugar
1 T milk
This recipe yields lots of rolls, but you’ll be glad that it does once you try them. We gave away some and selfishly kept the rest for ourselves. They reheat nicely, and you could probably freeze them too, if for some crazy reason you can’t eat them all.
Moving right along.
Our New Year’s Eve was spent at home, just the three of us. I made a few special snacks and we had a nice evening in. I can’t say it was a quiet evening, as there was a whole lot of this going on:
And some of this:
But I wouldn’t have wanted to spend the evening any other way.
Dear baby Evelyn,
You’d better be a tough cookie.