I love to bake. A few years ago after I had sent a spat of recipes over to all my family members I got a reply back from my Dad. It said, "Thanks for all the Fatcipes!" Well, not much has changed since then. I still love Butter. And Sugar. And Bread. And...Oh well, you get the point.
Last Saturday morning I woke up to a chilly house, so much so that I turned the heater on for the first time this Fall. And then in an effort to warm up I made cinnamon rolls. And I think this was my best batch yet. So gooey and drippy and scrumptious!
In case you haven't made cinnamon rolls before I thought I would show you a few pictures of what things look like during the process. Be aware that if you haven't made yeast breads before it may take a few tries to get it right. Hell, I still get it wrong sometimes. But it's worth it every time it turns out. And remember that yeast requires a commitment of a couple hours. It's a short term relationship that you have to be committed to for it to work, no one way street here.
I remember once asking one of my sisters a few years back after not having much luck with cinnamon rolls what her trick was cuz mine weren't very good. She said "Sugar. Lots and lots of Sugar!'
See all that beautiful brown sugar. I also dusted it pretty heavily with cinnamon, but not too much.
Then I rolled it up into this neat log. Now comes the tricky part, cutting each roll off the log. All recipes I have ever seen tell you to use a sharp knife. But that just seems to squish the rolls. When I was young my Mom taught me a trick that I have never forgotten.
Dental floss. Any kind will do. Or a sturdy string. Just wiggle it under the log and twist to pinch a roll off. Then put it in the pan.
My trick for rising bread, because I want to keep the commitment as short as possible, is to let the bread raise in an oven set for 200 degrees F. Works like a charm every time. My Mom taught me that trick also.
After they have risen for a while they look like this. Nice and puffy!
Then you bake them and spread your frosting all over while they're still warm. See how it runs over the edge a little. Oh yummy! Hope you have a chance to make your own cinnamon rolls someday because there is nothing better.