cinnamon rolls really quick

I read a lot. During the two weeks we were in Greece, I read four novels.

Even with all this opportunity for word dazzling, I’ve rarely come upon a passage that overwhelms me. This did…

“I never had any questions except the one about the moment when I could die. I should have chosen the moment before the arrival of my children, for since then I’ve lost the option of dying. The sharp smell of their sun-baked hair, the smell of sweat on their backs when they wake from a nightmare, the dusty smell of their hands when they leave a classroom, meant that I have to live, to be dazzled by the shadow of their eyelashes, moved by a snowflake, bowled over by a tear on their cheek. My children have given me the exclusive power to blow on a wound to make the pain disappear, to understand words unpronounced, to possess the universal truth, to be a fairy. A fairy smitten with the way they smell.” an excerpt from ‘Ru’ written by Kim Thuy

The grace of motherhood is the power that fuels all of the passions in my life. This stunning passage captures the magic of being a mother. I read it several times and then spent the rest of the day remembering…

It’s raining here today which means it’s a perfect day for experimenting. I’ve been thinking about a ‘quick’ cinnamon roll recipe for a while so I’m live blogging.

The cinnamon rolls are mixed, raised and in the oven in one hour and forty minutes. If they finishing baking in twenty minutes, I will have succeeded in making jumbo, heavenly smelling rolls oozing with butter, sugar and cinnamon in two hours. Fingers crossed!

I’m five minutes over. The rolls didn’t look cooked at twenty minutes so I’m trusting my instincts and baking them until I’m sure they’re cooked – I hate doughy bread.  Now to cool them before adding the frosting. I am getting impatient.

They are sufficiently cooled enough to add the icing/frosting – I flip back and forth between the two names!

After two and a half hours, I am ready to enjoy what-appear-to-be wickedly gorgeous cinnamon buns.

Tea is poured and I’m biting…

To put the taste into perspective, they are worthy of blowing any diet I might just have started.

Totally rainy Saturday cheat day worthy!

Cinnamon Rolls really quick

1 3/4 cup warm water

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup oil

3 tablespoons instant yeast

Mix in your stand-mixer and let sit for 15 minutes

Then add:

1/2 tablespoon salt

2 eggs

5 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Mix together for 10 minutes, then sit for 10 minutes.

Oil your counter then dump out dough. Using your hands, press the dough into a rectangle. Click on this link for good pictures to follow

Cinnamon-Sugar

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon

Mix in small bowl

Spread dough with 1/4 cup melted butter and then sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Roll up.

Divide into 12 rolls and place on greased cookie sheet.

Let raise for 45 minutes

Preheat oven 400*F

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes

Icing

1 tablespoon butter

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 t. vanilla

1 cup icing sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Place all of the icing ingredients in a medium bowl and beat together with a hand mixer.

Drizzle over warm cinnamon buns.

Thanks for reading.