Now I know everyone is busy this week setting goals for the new year, maybe trying to cut back on the sweet treats and what you are eating, but the next time you have a sweet tooth and need a great sweet treat, you need to try this recipe.
Over the holidays I created the cinnamon roll recipe from my Pioneer Woman cookbook. Oh and what fun I had. I’m pretty sure this was the last treat I put together for my 2012 Christmas baking season. First of all you need to understand the I am a bread-head. I love anything breadalicious. Bread, rolls, French bread, sweet breads. ,yum, yum.
I actually haven’t made anything along the lines of a bread recipe since October when we had a homemade pizza party. So I gathered the ingredients, made the dough as directed, and voila here’s what it looked like after is had risen for about an hour. Beautiful isn’t it?
Next was rolling out the dough into a semi-rectangle, and adding the toppings. butter, cinnamon, sugar, butter, cinnamon, sugar. It was wonderful.
Then came “The Roll”!! Starting at one end and rolling as tightly as you can, but uniformly until you end up with your rectangle of dough looking like this…
This recipe makes two long rectangles for the cinnamon rolls. The first rectangle I rolled was a little bit loose, and I probably could have rolled slightly tighter. By the second rectangle I had my system in order and it turned out great.
Then you cut the rolls, place them into your baking pans, and let them rest and rise again. I used foil pans, since most of these were going to friends and family for a Christmas treat.
Once they rested, they go into the oven for 20 minutes, frost and you are ready for some seriously sweet noshing. But make sure you include a good cup of coffee with your treat. Then it becomes spectacular.
I had so much fun rolling the dough and putting the rolls together. The texture of this dough was fantastic, and made the assembly process all the easier.
My taste testers here at the house have proclaimed that this recipe must be a new Christmas tradition. I agree. I will add this to my annual Christmas baking arsenal for many years to come.
What’s your favorite baking recipe?
>> Photo credit for this post goes to my Travel Man…