January 11, 2018

CINNAMON ROLLS



Baking for me is like therapy.  I mean, seriously.  I LOVE to bake.  And the smell of bread or rolls baking is one of the most comforting, delicious smells of all.  Add cinnamon to it, and voila!  It smells like comfort and joy!


It has been a very cold December and January for us in the southern part of the Midwest.  December started out so mild, playing golf wasn't out of the question, but when winter decided to show her face, wow, she showed it with a frigid roar!  And tonight and tomorrow we are under a Winter Storm Warning:  ice, sleet, and snow.  Well . . .


. .  .  baking cinnamon rolls is a great way to spend a cold, snowy winter day.


 They are best while they're still warm.  This recipe makes a lot of rolls and would be perfect to share with family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers.  I put them in Ziplock bags and warmed them individually when I wanted one.


And, yes, I ate the middle roll.  


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Cinnamon Rolls

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup boiling water
2 packages of yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
6 cups all-purpose flour
Butter for spreading on rolled-out dough
Sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling on top of buttered dough

Icing

1/2 stick of butter
3 to 4 cups of powdered sugar
Milk

1.   Combine butter, salt, and boiling water.  Let stand until warm.

2.  Dissolve yeast in 1 cup of lukewarm water.

3.  Beat eggs and sugar together.  Add yeast and butter mixtures.

4.  Work in flour.

6.  Cover bowl and let rise in a warm place until double in size.

7.  Roll out dough with a rolling pin into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle.

8.  Spread with soft butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.  (You can also add raisins or nuts.)

9.  Roll up and cut into one-inch slices and place in prepared pans.  Cover and let rise.

10.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.

To Make Icing:

Melt butter.  Add powdered sugar and milk to desired consistency.
  Frost rolls while they are still warm.

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