Sights of Christmas ’09

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We had a good Christmas day here at the homestead. Outside was frightful, but inside was delightful. Our family spent time together and chowed down on homemade cinnamon rolls. Recipe at the end!

Hope you all had a blessed and merry Christmas!
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Score! A new friend read about my fresh ground cinnamon and decided to give me this cute little jar to store it in. Love it!! Thanks, Susan! =-D
Score! A new friend read about my fresh ground cinnamon and decided to give me this cute little jar to store it in. Love it!! Thanks, Susan! =-D

So have you tried making homemade cinnamon rolls before? They are uber tasty! But um…they also take about 2 years to make one batch! Maybe not quite THAT long, but too long for this impatient momma. I made one of Martha Stewart’s recipes…and I kid you not – I felt like I was never going to get done with those. They ended up being the absolute best tasting cinnamon rolls I’ve ever eaten (and I’ve had much!)…but because I was so worn out from all the work it took to make them, I felt as though I couldn’t enjoy them as much. I’ve always thought – “Why can’t I just find a recipe where you simply make the dough, roll it out, sprinkle on the goods and bake it? Why is that so difficult?” I ended up changing one around to suit my tastes and am sharing it with you. You still might look at these and think that they take too long – but after what I’ve been through with gourmet cinnamon rolls, I can assure you that these go by fairly quick. In fact, I can see myself making these more than just one morning in a whole year because they are tasty and mostly easy to make.

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Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

1.5 tbsp. active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 cup warm milk

1/3 cup Sucanat (evaporated cane juice) or organic sugar

5.5 tbsp. softened unsalted butter + 2 tbsp. softened unsalted butter

1 tsp. sea salt

1 fresh large egg

3.5 cups all purpose unbleached flour

All right, so you’ve seen me make pizza dough before – and just think of this as very similar to that. To make your dough for the cinnamon rolls, get a large bowl – dump in your warm water and then your yeast on that. Let it dissolve (get a lil  bubbly)…then add in your milk, Sucanat, 5.5 tbsp. of the softened butter, the egg – and just 2 cups of the flour. Mix it all up really well. Next, add in the remaining part of your flour. You’ll notice that this part will take a little more work to get all of that flour incorporated, but you can do it. I believe in you!

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Sprinkle a little flour on your countertop and turn out the dough, kneading until smooth and elastic. In the same bowl you mixed in, just drizzle some light olive oil in there and rub it all over the inside of the bowl to grease it. Put in your ball of dough and then turn it over with the greased side up. Cover it with a flour sack towel and let it rise. At this point, I actually only let mine rise for about 25 minutes…but if you want your dough to be more light, then allow it to rise until it’s doubled in size, which will take 1-2 hours.

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After it’s risen some (25 minutes min.), pull it out and roll it onto a lightly floured surface. You really don’t have to get picky with measurements here, but I think it’s neatest to roll it into a rectangle shape. I think when I rolled mine out – it was about 14 in. by 20 in. But try it however you want! Once it’s rolled out how you like it, then rub the remaining 2 tbsp. of softened butter all over the dough. On top of that, sprinkle an even layer of Sucanat. And on top of THAT, sprinkle an even layer of freshly ground cinnamon.

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The whole thing gets rolled up long ways…then cut off 1 inch pieces and place in a large glass baking dish. If you want to get picky, then let these rise AGAIN – or just be like me and skip that part, popping them straight into your preheated oven (350 degrees). Cook them for 20-25 minutes. Check them at 20 because they might be totally done at that point.

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When they are done, they should be cooked all the way through (no doughy centers!) and golden brown on the bottoms.

Serve up smiles to your family!

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12 thoughts on “Sights of Christmas ’09

    1. Neat-O! I didn’t see that PW had some cinnamon rolls going on, but those look good, too. I had the same thought today that if someone came up with a simpler version that it would be awesome to make as gifts and deliver! =-D And don’t ya wish that today was colder so that all that wet weather would have been snow instead?

  1. I love your holiday decorations! Especially the candles in the jars, great idea! :)
    And those rolls look absolutely delicious. Merry Christmas!!

  2. Yummmmm…..I can almost taste the cinnamon-y-ness from here…..And you’re welcome for the l’il jar…Could never have done it justice myself!! LOL…

  3. My mom makes homemade cinnamon rolls and I remember as a kid eating a whole pan one time…they are so good. Yours look just like hers. I am a new follower. We had rain on Christmas too.

  4. Yummy! Your cinnamon rolls really look good. I haven’t made any for a couple of years,but i might now in a few weeks. I always loved making them when the weather cooled down. Yes, it takes a while to make them and let them rise a couple of time, but they are sure worth the wait. Keep up the good work!

  5. These look yummy! :) I make ’em homemade, too. The mixing, kneading, shaping…it is relaxing to me.
    Don’t know how you cut them, but if you’ve never used dental floss, give it a try! So much easier than cutting with a knife! :) Just slide the floss under the cinnamon roll log to the desired thickness, bring the ends of the floss up, then criss-cross and pull. It will cut right through and makes it a much less messy project. :)

  6. Y’all, these are that good! I won’t tell you how many I ended up eating in one sitting!

    kelli – I just used a regular butter knife and tried to cut through the log slowly so I didn’t totally flatten it. The dental floss is a great idea! I’ve heard of that for cutting goat milk cheese before and would have never thought to try it with this, too. So thanks for the awesome tip!! =-D

    gypsymama – YES! My big thing this holiday season was making it all special for the family – but definitely keeping it simple! It was wonderful, and definitely less stressful than trying to do too much and being completely pooped out.

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