Thursday, December 26, 2013

For the first time in 3 years


I came home for Christmas!

What?!  Through last minute planning and by chance, I was given a week off over the Christmas holiday!

This means, I CAME HOME!  For the first time in 3 years, I was finally able to spend the holiday in the comfort of my own home.  Oh my, did it feel good.  Now only was it a last minute surprise for me, but I chose not to tell any one (not even my parents).  Let's just say the reaction was something I won't ever forget.  Priceless.  There's not one Christmas present that could top the look on their faces.

So what was I baking up for Christmas???

What's better than fresh baked cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning?!


Cinnamon Rolls

3/4 cup warm water
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
4 1/2 - 5 cups flour
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 tblsp. cinnamon
2 tblsp. corn starch
Softened butter
Powdered sugar (sifted)
Vanilla extract
In a stand mixer with a dough hook, stir together the water, yeast and 1 tablespoon of the sugar.  Let proof for 5 minutes.  When the mixture starts to get bubbly, add the remaining sugar and salt and stir for about 20 seconds.  In another bowl, measure out the buttermilk, oil and egg.  Whisk together well and pour into the sugar and yeast mixture; stir another 20 seconds.
Start slowly adding the flour a little bit at a time until the dough is only a little bit sticky.  Knead the dough for 5 minutes.  Remove the dough from the bowl, it should be somewhat clean at this point, and grease the bowl.  Return the bowl cover with plastic wrap and a towel and let rise for about an hour an a half or until it doubles.
While the dough is rising, mix together the filling in a small bowl.  Once risen, punch the dough down.  On a lightly floured work space, roll out the dough to a 20x30 rectangle and spread the filling on the rolled out dough leaving space along the edges.  Roll up the dough into a tight log and slice the rolls about 2 inched thick.
Place the rolls into a pan lined with baking paper and let rise another hour and a half.  The rolls will grow horizontally, so make sure to leave enough room to allow for the rolls to get larger.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.  Be careful not to over bake the rolls, so watch them carefully.
While the rolls are cooling off, mix together the frosting until incorporated and ice the rolls, when they have slightly cooled.
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas

1 comment:

  1. It is my dream to one day surprise my family OR to have surprise visitors. It is even better around the holidays!