"Stir and Season" Saturday(well, kinda of)

Yesterday, I wrote out a BIG, long and involved recipe for cinnamon rolls for Saturday breakfast. This is one of the first Saturday mornings where we do NOT have to be anywhere....

So I thought I would make my kids cinnamon rolls to celebrate a {slow} morning!

I am in the store getting all the ingredients and then I pass the refrigerated cinnamon roll section {you know the one with the pastry puff man on it}. It dawned on me...why am I making this LONNNGGG drawn out recipe when I can pop those {buggers} in the oven with not a thing to stir???

So my daughter and I went back down the aisles putting all the ingredients BACK with my one little tin can of 20 minutes cinnamon rolls in my cart.

In my ripe old age of 37, I have come to the realization that not everything has to be homecooked or sifted with flour! My kids would rather see a mom smiling and happy serving a frig cinnamon roll then one frustrated with all the pots and spoons and floor that needs to be cleaned!

So for all of you who would rather clean bowls and floors....here is the recipe....

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

4 1/4 to 4 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. butter
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
6 tbsp. butter, softened
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 recipe Maple Nut Glaze or Powdered Sugar Glaze

Step 1: In a large mixer bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the all-purpose flour and yeast. Heat the milk, granulated sugar, the 1/4 cup butter and salt just until mixture is warm (120 to 130 degrees) and the butter is almost melted, stirring constantly.

Step 2: Add milk mixture to flour mixture; add eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds; scrape sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can. (Dough will be soft.) Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough (3 to 5 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball.

Step 3: Place dough in a lightly greased bowl; turn once. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours). (The dough is ready for shaping when you can lightly and quickly press two fingers 1/2 inch into dough and indentation remains.)

Step 4: Punch dough down. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough in half; shape each half into a smooth ball. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes.

Step 5: On lightly floured surface roll half the dough to 12x8 inches. Spread with 3 tablespoons softened butter. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle half over rectangle. Roll up from a short side. Seal edges. Make a second roll with remaining dough, butter and sugar mixture.

Step 6: Slice each dough roll into 8 pieces. Arrange slices, cut side down, in a greased 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Cover; let rise until nearly double (about 30 minutes).

Step 7: Bake rolls in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown. Invert at once onto a wire rack. Cool slightly. Drizzle rolls with Powdered Sugar Glaze. Serve warm.

Makes 16 rolls.


20 comments:

Astrid said...

Ha ha ha! Loved your post! Yes...I totally agree...sometimes it's just better to cut corners. Especially if it means enjoying those cinnamon rolls quicker! We have a few cinnamon roll recipes that are AWESOME but they take too long to make and they make a huge batch...and it ends up being too much for us to eat. That translates to making cinnamon rolls only when we have company which is pretty rare! But...I do endulge us in those buns in a can from time to time!

Mari said...

Yes - you can do pretty well doing things with a shortcut. It's fun to do the homemade sometimes, but the canned kind work out quite well!

Tiffany said...

Sometimes it's just a quicker ingredient, like using already made hash browns for a potato casserole. But sometimes, it is definitely worth it to buy something super easy and pretty much put together for you. Because the time you spend being together is the best treat of all!

Anonymous said...

Homemade is something we romantisize, and although there is something truely wonderful about something homemade, time with your kids is just as special. My motto is that if I have the time, I do it. But if it is taking away from quality time with family, than bag it and go for the easier. I am realizing as my kids get older, that precious time helping them learn, visiting with them, taking the time to have a good laugh together is so very important! If we become too busy on our homes, our cooking, our cleaning, than pretty soon they will be grown up and gone, and than we will wish we had let a lot of it go, to enjoy them. Everyone who has kids that are grown says it feels long sometimes when they are little but it goes by so fast. Good for you, better to learn while they are still with you, than look back and wish you had. Who really cares what cinnamon rolls were made, you enjoyed a morning with your kids, and I know they felt the same way.

Darlene said...

Hahaha good one. I have NEVER made something like that from scratch. Yep, I go the easy, yummy route of take them out of the package, pop them in the oven and DELICIOUS!!!!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

funny!
I would be doing the canned kind as well-but every once in a while, it is nice to make things from scratch...

It' an Evolution said...

I am so with you on that one!!
My kids love Pilsbury Rolls better than mine anyhow :)
Hope you enjoyed your morning.
Janet

schwadette said...

:) - Thanks for stopping by for a visit! The thought of cinnamon rolls is making me hungry... very hungry....

Cecelia---Sis---Mom said...

So many times I could have written this post. LOL Every once in a while I want to really "bake" and I will put out the LONG recipes. But most of the time I prefer easy...HA.

Cece

Cheryl Lage said...

So with you (I'm 44 ;) ) on the why not maximize the oven ready tip!

Although when cinnamon roll loving father-in-law comes next, I may take advantage of your generous recipe share. :)

Dorkys Ramos said...

Oh I love cinnamon rolls! And it's been a while so I need to schedule a trip to the supermarket asap.

KK said...

So, if I have to take it out of the can and cook it in the oven, I consider it "homeade" anyway :)

Daphine said...

lol! This was hilarious! You go girl! LOVED this!

Lynnette said...

You shared the secret! Canned cinnamon rolls have been a part of our Christmas traditions for many years. The little ones are 30 and 29 years old so you can tell it's been a long time that I've used this "recipe".

Jboo said...

Love cinnamon rolls -- and will definitely try the fast and easy way! I'm with you -- it doesn't have to be homemade from scratch to be good!

Hope you have a great week!

Janet

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What I wouldn't give for a cinamon roll right now! I'm on a sugar restrictive diet, so that's not in my future. But I hope that you all enjoyed every last bite! :-)

XO,

Sheila

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

oh please you are preaching to the converted - we had pizza from last night for breakfast, pb austin crackers with cheetos for lunch and i don't know what's for dinner - crumbs out of the car?

Liz said...

With some things I prefer the easy way! Those Cinnabon cinnamon rolls are really good!

Julie said...

thanks for posting... especially for those of us who cannot get them the easy way "sigh*

Jeni said...

Amen to Pilsbury!