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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Cinnamon Roll Heaven

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cinnamon Roll Heaven

So...with all the cooking I had to do for Easter, I felt as though I should make something a bit out-of-the-ordinary for breakfast.  After all.  It was Easter morning.

So I thought I'd make something I'd heard many, many wonderful things about.  Something for which I already had the ingredients in my pantry (big plus, seeing as how Easter wasn't cheap).  Something that I just had a feeling would make me roll my eyes in delight and thank God I was alive.

I was gonna make cinnamon rolls.

But not just any cinnamon rolls.  Pioneer Woman cinnamon rolls, which I have heard nothing but tremendous things about.  And since I already had tremendous good luck with one of her recipes in the past, I figured what the heck!

So the night before, I started the dough.  Of course I halved the recipe because, let's face it, I had no business making 7 pans of rolls.  So here's what I did:

I scalded two cups of milk (heated to just short of boiling), then once it cooled to around 110 degrees (lukewarm - any hotter and you'll kill the yeast!) I added 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1/2 cup of sugar and a packet of yeast and allowed it to "bloom" for several minutes.

To this I added 4 cups of flour and mixed it all together.  Once it was mixed I left it, covered, in a warm spot for one hour in order for it to rise.  Incidentally, my warm spot is in the oven with the light switched on.  I've been told that it's the ideal place, and it is working well for me.

After that hour, I added another 1/2 cup of flour, around 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder (or a heaping 1/2 teaspoon), a scant 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and around 3/4 tablespoon of salt.  Then mix that all together and if you wish, cover it and leave it in the fridge overnight.  That's what I did.  Of course you can make them right away, but the dough can easily sit and wait.

The next day, after rolling the dough out in a rectangle on a lightly floured surface...

I brushed 1 cup of melted butter all over the dough...(PW calls for 1 1/2 to 2 cups.  I just couldn't even bring myself to do it.  Plus I didn't have enough.)

Then I sprinkled 1 cup of sugar all over the butter, doughy goodness.

And then, as you can see, I very generously devoted a great deal of cinnamon to the effort.  After all, these are cinnamon rolls.  In case you forgot what we were making.

This lovely, lovely mess then got rolled up into a log which I made sure to seal once I got to the end.

Then I sliced the log into rolls and placed them in well-buttered cake pans.  Now, with the full recipe PW says this should make around 7 pans of rolls.  I got all of two pans with half the recipe.  Maybe I sliced them more thickly.  Which was just my choice because I love nice, thick cinnamon rolls.

These pans got covered and were left to rise for 30 minutes, then into a 400 degree oven they went for 18 minutes.  Actually I think it was closer to 20.  They got a liiiiittle too brown on top.  Hey, I was super busy.

While the rolls were baking I made a sugary glaze for them! This glaze used: 1/2 bag of powdered sugar, a splash of milk and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.  Then, just for fun, I added a tablespoon of melted butter.  Just because I could and I'm dangerous like that.

Plus, I don't know...I felt as though the glaze needed some sort of richness.  I didn't like PW's recipe when I read it, because I'm not a huge fan of maple flavoring outside of syrup.  Now that I think about it, I might make more of a frosting next time, using cream cheese.

Now wouldn't THAT be something??

Anyway, rolls came out of oven and glaze met rolls.

And then rolls met mouth.  And then mouth sang with appreciation and downright worship of me, for making them...and of course of PW for sharing the recipe in the first place.

I was pretty wise and foresaw how dangerous these rolls could be for me and my desire to no longer be a "fatty fatty boom boom" (in the words of my beloved friend Gretchen...she wasn't talking about ME, though), so I very bravely gave a pan of them to my family before they left on Easter.  Rob immediately got this look I can only imagine he'd get if I tried to give away, like, our child or something.  But it was for the best for both of us.

My dad is NOT a sweets person.  But he had one when he got home and loved them! Hey, it's one thing to have my sweet-toothed husband love them - but my dad? THAT'S the true test for me.

So lemme tell ya.  Make these.  They're so good, and really very easy to make.



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Blogger Kris said...

I'm officially hungry now. Cinnamon Rolls sound delicious

April 10, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Blogger Melanie said...

I can't wait to make & eat these. I am thinking cream cheese for th icing too:)

April 10, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Blogger Gigi said...

Wow. I am impressed. that is a lot of work for a breakfast dish. My kids adore cinnamon rolls and I've been itching to do a homemade one (never have). This one looks beyond my skill set for now but I will keep it in my back pocket if I master an easier recipe in the meantime! Great job! :)

April 10, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Blogger ham1299 said...

And now you're making me want to make my homemade cinnamon rolls. You are NOT helping my diet any! LOL

April 10, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Anonymous Diva (in Demand) said...

Cool post! I just recently heard about PW for the first time but after reading your post....I'd definitely try the cinnamon rolls. I'm such a sucker for sweets I'd probably try a cream cheese icing too.

April 11, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Blogger Marthe said...

These look absolutely heavenly! I just found out we were paired up for April's Taste & Create, I can already say that it's going to be really difficult for me to pick a recipe as all of them look so scrumptious!

April 11, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Blogger Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Hi Jen :-}
So I SHOULDN'T have stopped by here (your blog) before turning this thing off and heading up to bed ;-p I am now extra extra glad that Brian treated me to Dairy Queen earlier this evening!

Proud of you for not making PW's whole recipe and for giving one pan full away. But I can so totally imagine what the expression on your husbands face looked like!!! You'd think we never ever made them anythng, poor guys.

I sent you a email earlier today titled "our blog".

Hope your Monday is NOT an A-typical Monday!

April 11, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Blogger Martha said...

I HAVE to make these too! Cinnamon rolls are my very favorite! :-)

April 12, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Blogger crush. blog said...

drooling. and heading to mc donald's for some cinnamelts - but it just . won't . be. the . same.

April 12, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Following you from SITS. Nice to meet you and follow your misadventures! Yummy post to get me started following you ;) I made a jalapeno popper dip on Easter. It was SO good. These cinnamon rolls look dangerous! Haha!

April 12, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Blogger Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

oh My Gravy! I can smell them from here. I will certainly make these! Thanks so very much for sharing the recipe.

April 12, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did I mention, I love cinnamon rolls? I am on my way over and I am sure you will have some waiting for me. Chaya at my other blog.

I love today's post a Our Krazy Kitchen.

April 12, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Blogger Laurie said...

Yummy yum yum I'm hungry! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe, good for any occasion! Come see me sometime at! I'm a new follower!

April 12, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Blogger Tree said...

Oh gosh....these look super awesome!! I've never made cinnamon rolls from scratch, but my family loves them! Will have to definitely make these soon. Thanks for linking up with me for Tasty Tuesday too....great contribution! :)

April 13, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Blogger Connie Weiss said...

I almost made those cinnamon rolls this weekend! But I was too tired and didn't want to gain weight!

April 13, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Blogger FrouFrouBritches said...

I made those for my son's school breakfast - feed the teacher's-appreciation breakfast thingee a few months ago. They were FABULOUS!! I'm with ya on the icing though. I made cream cheese/butter/milk/conf. sugar icing. Much better than maple - EEWW! Maple is reserved for pancakes at my house - no offense PW!

April 13, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Blogger Brittany@twocrazycupcakes said...

Looks delicious! I love pioneer woman too! Just stopping by from all the small stuff tuesdays at the table!

April 13, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Blogger Crazy Daisy said...

These look fantastic! Thanks for linking up! Dont forget to come back and vote!

April 13, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Blogger G said...

Oh man, I seriously want to eat those right now. Regardless of how much of a fatty boom boom it might make me. :)

April 14, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Anonymous Marjorie said...

This recipe so reminds me of my mom making cinnamon rolls for me as a child. I might have to bake some this weekend!

April 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Blogger Red Couch Recipes said...

They look really yummy! I haven't made them in awhile and my kids really don't know that I really can make some good cinnamon rolls! Joni

April 16, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Blogger Alecia said...

These look really really good!!!! I'm so coming over next time you make them with a 2 nice cups of yummy coffee & we are chatting & eating cinnamon rolls!!!!! YUMMY!!!!

April 16, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Blogger kirstin & jordan said...

Ooooh, my husband LOVES cinnamon rolls, and these look delicious. We will definitely have to try these out on some lazy Saturday morning soon...
We have a friday fun finds party that's still going- we'd love it if you'd link up!

April 17, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Blogger Outre Beauty Bistro said...

Don't you just love The Pioneer Woman!!! I have tried several of her recipes too! My husband always loves the sheer unhealthiness of Her garlic cheese bread is to die for! And you might die if you ate it very often. I have already made it twice in a week...but once for to bring to a party! Love your blog! Heidi

April 20, 2010 at 1:27 AM

Blogger Jerri said...

I love cinnamon rolls! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

April 21, 2010 at 3:12 PM


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