If you haven’t already noticed, the frequency of my posts have been sparse. Why? Because I’ve recently traded in my frying pan for a stethoscope. Yes yes, I have began nursing school.
Therefore, my free time is very limited. All that time I would use to search for recipes and experiment in the kitchen is now dedicated to “Fundamentals of Nursing”, a huge book with way too many words and not enough pictures. Instead of kneading dough, I palpate patients’ abdomens for signs of distention.
I think it had been 3 weeks since I had tried a new recipe! If I don’t cook for a long time, I go crazy. Since I had a day off, I got the compulsion to make Cinnamon Rolls; something I have never done from scratch. Even though the recipe said it would take 3 hours, I couldn’t stop myself. Before everyone in my house was awake, I broke out the flour and started kneading. The recipe I used came from allrecipes.com. I changed it a bit because I don’t have a bread maker.
1 cup of warm milk (heated in the microwave for 45 seconds)
1/3 cup of butter, melted
4.5 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 package dry active yeast (7 grams)
1 cup brown sugar
2.5 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup melted butter
6 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
3 cups of confectioner’s sugar
After you warm the milk, add 2 Tbsp of sugar and the package of yeast to the milk. Let it stand for 10 minutes. You should see bubbling (that means the yeast is working!) After 10 minutes, add the rest of the sugar, eggs and butter. Whisk together. Add the flour and salt to the mixture and stir until it forms a cohesive ball. Dump it out onto a floured cutting board and knead for 5 minutes until it looks like this (formed and elastic).
Put it in a bowl, cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm area for 1 hr.
It should double in size. There are chunks missing in the picture because my mom likes to eat raw dough…gross. After an hour, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Melt the butter in a separate bowl and set aside. Roll out half the dough on a floured cutting board. You want it to be rectangular in shape. Use a pastry brush to brush the top with butter. Generously sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar.
And then roll! Try to make the roll even and tight. I sealed off the end so that they would look prettier.
After you have a nice roll, cut it into equal segments (2 inches each) and place them onto a pan lined with parchment paper. Repeat this process for the other half of the dough.
Bake them in a preheated oven at 400 F for 15 minutes.
Looks incredible right? But wait…there’s one more thing…FROSTING! Combine all the frosting ingredients in a bowl using a hand mixer on medium speed until the frosting is creamy. Spread it on the buns and they are perfect. Time consuming, but perfect.
These got eaten very quickly. No one can resist the smell. I put half of the raw buns in the frig so that we could bake them the next day. Hmmm! My cooking compulsion has been satisfied.