Thursday, March 4, 2010

Heaven Called and They Want Their Rolls Back

Imagine waking up Saturday morning to the sweet aroma of fresh from the oven cinnamon rolls.

That right there is heaven to me. Well, it could be hell if I couldn't actually EAT those cinnamon rolls, but I pray to God that will never happen. And God loves me so I think I'm safe.

I don't know what's been wrong with me lately but I've been baking up a storm of bread, cookies, bagels, cakes, and cinnamon rolls. I just can't stop myself. Ok, I haven't really tried to stop myself but I'm sure I couldn't if I tried, I'm pretty stubborn that way.

And this has not made Albert happy either. He can't eat anything I cook so basically that hell situation I explained above is his reality.

Albert: "Why can't you be obsessed with cooking something I can actually eat like chicken and potatoes?"

Me: "Um, because that is boring and gross and you can't snack on that while you're baking it! There's no spatula or bowl covered in sweet batter waiting to be licked afterwards. Sheesh."

So my coworkers have received most of the benefits of my baking obsession, and sadly, the hubster has not.

Okay so are you still staring at those cinnamon rolls above wondering how the hell you can get them from your screen into your watering mouth? Well wipe off your chin and put on your apron because I've got the recipe to share with you!

I promise I'm not trying to make all of you fat.

Just most of you.

And as I've told you before, I'm a pretty messy cook!

This time I managed to keep myself clean but Dozer wasn't so lucky.

Oops. He wasn't too happy with me.

Okay so here's the recipe for all you fatties!


*I only made half the recipe which made 25 rolls. The full recipe makes 50! I'm not a big fan of maple frosting, so I also made a regular glaze frosting too which was delish. A cream cheese frosting would be excellent as well!

Recipe is from The Pioneer Woman Cooks.
Pictures are, well, mine.

1 Quart whole milk
1 Cup vegetable oil
1 C sugar
2 Packages (4 ½ t) active dry yeast
9 Cups flour
1 Heaping teaspoon baking powder
1 Scant teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon salt

2 C Melted butter, plus more as needed
¼ C Ground cinnamon for sprinkling
2 Cups Sugar

Maple Icing
2 lbs Powdered sugar
½ C Whole milk
6 Tablespoon (3/4 stick) Butter, melted
¼ C Strongly brewed coffee
Dash of salt
1 Tablespoon maple flavoring or maple extract

1. For the dough, heat milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat; do not allow the mixture to boil. Set aside and cool to lukewarm

2. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit on the milk for 1 minute.

3. Add 8 cups of the flour. Stir until just combined, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a relatively warm place for 1 hour.

4. Remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the remaining 1 C flour, Stir thoroughly to combine. Use the dough right away, or place in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days, punching down the dough if it rises to the top of the bowl.

5. To assemble the rolls, remove half the dough from the pan. On a floured baking surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 30x10 inches

6. To make the filling, pour 1 cup of the melted butter over the surface of the dough. Use your fingers to spread the butter evenly.

7. Generously sprinkle half of the ground cinnamon and 1 cup of the sugar over the butter. Don’t be afraid to drizzle on more butter or more sugar!

8. Now, beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly toward you. Use both hands and work slowly, being careful to keep the roll tight.

9. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together. When you’re finished, you’ll wind up with one long buttery, cinnamony, sugary, gooey log.

10. Transfer to a cutting board and with a sharp knife, make 1 ½ inch slices. One log will produce 20 to 25 rolls. (I use a peace of thread so that the rolls don't get smashed!)

11. Pour a couple of tablespoons of melted butter into to the desired pie pans or baking dishes and swirl to coat. I used two 13x9 inch pans for half of the recipe which made 25 rolls! The full recipe will make 50! Place the sliced rolls in the pans, being careful not to over crowd

12. Repeat the rolling/sugar/butter process with the other half of the dough and more pans. Preheat oven to 375 degrees cover the pans with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise on the counter top for at a least 20 min before baking.

13. Remove the towel and bake for 13 to 17 min, until golden brown. Don’t allow rolls to become overly brown.

Maple Frosting:

14. In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, butter, coffee and salt.

15. Splash in the maple flavoring

16. Whisk until very smooth. Taste and add in more maple, sugar, butter or other ingredients. As needed until the icing reaches the desired consistency. The icing should be thick but still pourable.

17. While the rolls are still warm, generously drizzle icing over the top. Be sure to get it all around the edges and over the top. Now I'm not a big fan of maple so I made half of the cinnamon rolls with a powdered sugar/milk/butter/vanilla frosting.

18. As they sit, the rolls will absorb some of the icing’s moisture and flavor.

Eat em while their hot!


Kristina P. said...

YOu are even more awesome than The Pioneer Woman!

Mommy in Real Life said...

We are a gluten free house (due to Celiac's disease.)

You are pretty much evil.

Oh how I miss cinnamon rolls. I used to make some pretty sweet ones (ha, that was me being punny! Cause they were sweet like awesome and also sweet like all sugary... oh right, you got it. Nevermind.)

Food porn on a Thursday morning. While I am at work. Uncool!

singedwingangel said...

* drooling slightly ok little more then slightly. OH man those look amazing. I am gonig to have to find this cookbook.. casue that stuff right there is righ tup my alley..

blueviolet said...

What the hell do you think you're doing? First you complain about eating a cookie, and then you bake yourself 25 cinnamon rolls straight from the oven of Satan??? You need help. And I aim to give it.

Rebecca Jo said...

We need to get you a Pillsbury Doughboy figure - a Pillsbury Pooba Figure - with all the dough & bread stuff you are making... YUMMM!!!! And that little cartoon figure needs to have a miniture Dozer - complete with flour!

WhisperingWriter said...

Holy crap, yum!

I cheat and buy the can ones.

Dari said...

Great, now I NEED a cinnamon roll!!! I am going to make that recipe ASAP. Those look delicious!! Good job!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Yummo! It must be hard on Al to smell those and not be able to eat them!!

Christine Macdonald said...

Why can't green beans taste like bread?


Brian Miller said...

lol. how did the dog get so messy...

Pricilla said...

heh heh Pillsbury Pooba....

Sara said...

I really really want to make these. You are evil. Now do the ball thingies she did with the leftover dough. :D

Kasey Hunt said...

Yummy!! Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try it.

Natalie said...

oh those look great! i may have to try them after I attempt my first ever bread (The amish friendship bread).

Oh and I dont think you are evil at all!!

ashley said...

Wow! Loving the the cooking skills! And I'm loving how good your photo's look- you are a woman of many talents. Not only can you cook AND take pictures, but you can do it all at the same time. Now that is talent! Oh, and thanks for the congrats on our baby! She is perfect.

ps. the picts of your dozer are pretty hilarious!

AmyLK said...

OH YUM! I'm drooling all over my computer now.

Frau said...

OMg this fatty is hungry! I'm so making those this weekend! Thanks you are the queen!

Hernandez Family said...

Oh man, When you said that you knew how to bring them pictures to life I thought you were going to make them for somebody as a give away! I'm too lazy to make them myself.

Annie Harper said...

Look at you bein all awesome and crap. (im not jealous at all)

I felt like a was reading the Pioneer Woman's blog it was THAT profesh. You even took pictures to go with every step like her too! (it's my favorite that way) I'm high fivin' ya right about......NOW.

Also, I want one. And as your friend, I'm mad that you haven't hand delivered me a pan on my doorstep. It's just rude.

Suzi said...

There's a flood falling from my mouth! I want soma dat. Can you ship?

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I gained 5 lbs just looking at the deliciousness. Thanks. Might as well go for broke and make my own damn batch. ;)

Donnetta said...

Those look DIVINE! But I am way too lazy to make my own!

Justine said...

O.M.G. Heaven in a damn pan! And I can't eat them either! But wait, why can't Alex eat them?

You're like Betty Frickin' Crocker lately. You preggers or something?

Justine :o )

Robyn said...

Those are some more awesome cinnamon rolls, aren't they? I made them over New Year's and thought I had surely tasted the best thing in my life!

I do not keep the ingredients on hand just so I won't make them! They add more junk to my trunk!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Ok I'm now I'm not wish I work with you ... lol

I'm with Albert .. you're killing me. I love baking it though and my neighbors are getting all the stuff I can't eat. But I must say I do lick the spatula ... yes after I'm done with it, no double dipping!!

LOOKING delish :)

yulz said...

can I hire you as my pastry chef ?

Anna Lefler said...

OMG - I'm starving now!!!

Gorgeous food....NOMNOMNOMNOM...



Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to make PW's cinnamon rolls...maybe this weekend!

He Who Laughs Last said...

I'm gonna be honest...I don't like you! I clicked on your blog because I posted on SITS right after you. I have to admit that as soon as I clicked on and saw the cinammon rolls, I hit the back button so fast I think I tore a tendon un my hand. But then I felt guilty and came back and have printed off the freaking recipe! I will let you know on Monday if I love you or not after I bake them and eat them all and then weigh myself! :-)

Stopping by from SITS!

Xiao Yen Recipes said...

My kids love cinnamon rolls. I stock up on Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. This is a great recipe. I'd love to make fresh rolls for my family. Thanks for the recipe.

Closer to Lucy said...

Looks like a lot of work. Can you just make them for me?

otin said...

See, I told you that blueviolet would get after you! hehe!

LadyStyx said...

and this entry made me gain the other 30 pounds I'd lost. Im so gonna have to remember to eat before I come visiting this blog!

Lee said...

You bitch.

I'm going to be diabetic because of you.

... worth it.

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

Oh man, I think I can SMELL them from here. Those look amazing. I'll bet they're wonderful.

KK said...


Debbi said...

shut up, you have a cookbook called THE POINEER WOMAN COOKS. ??? BAHAHAHA, you're sometimes more Mormon than *I* am! LOL

And secondly, although they look absolutely delish, you lie. First off, you are NOT a baker extraordinaire-- you are using a WIRE whisk in your non-stick pans! BIG NO NO!!! Yah.
So, because of you trying to make me fat, you can stick that piece of advice in your pipe and smoke it! ;)

<3 ya.

Julie said...

Ooh, I've made these...and I love them. And people I know love me for making them. And we all weigh more than we did before they were in our life. I think your doggy looks cute sprinkled in flour.

Jason, as himself said...

Geez, it looks like it took you a whole week to make these bad boys.

You should go with a Mormon theme and call them Sin-o-Men rolls.

Nana said...

I can't tell you how proud of you I am. (insert tear rolling down my cheek)

Stesha said...

I'm pretty sure what you're doing to Dozer is crime. I think I'm going to call the people (PETA) on you and tell them all about all that flour your POURED on poor Dozer.

I do take baked goods as a form of bribery. Let's handle this matter like two adults.

Hugs and Mocha,

Controlling My Chaos said...

I love Dozer. He's so handsome. TALL, dark and handsome. Is he a Great Dane? He's as tall as your countertops for Criminy sakes.

Marsdinis said...

looks yummy!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Oh wow! I think I just came....

Queenie Jeannie said...

Oh, and that isn't a's a HORSE!!! LOL!

I can't believe you missed out on my girly appointment post. I'm so disappointed...

Aleta said...

Wow. Just WOW. I don't think I could make something like that. Certainly not for myself or Greg (diabetic)... and I'm not a coworker of yours, because it would go straight to the hips. But my gosh - it DOES look yummy!!!

Megan said...

I hate you.


Sort of.

Can you just send those to me? I don't have time to make anything fancy these days! lol

*wiping away the drool*