Monday, December 27, 2010

Another Snowy Day in New England...Let's make Cinnamon Rolls!



It's another dreary, snowy day in New England. I love the way it looks when it is freshly fallen, but dread driving in it. I trust myself, because I grew up in this kind of weather, I just don't trust other drivers as easily.....It also can be very cold outside, and as I get older my bones are chilled quickly. Needless to say, I think I am done with winter already. Even though we have only just begun! LOL




This is the amount of snow that fell overnight, and is still falling now, except it has tapered off a bit. It will be a while before we shovel ourselves out. We always like to wait until we know it has stopped falling.


I've decided to start the morning off with these wonderful MAPLE CINNAMON ROLLS, courtesy of Pioneer Woman Recipes.
I knew the snow was coming our way, so I started this dough yesterday. It is best as a two day dough...or three day if you don't have time to make it up on the 2nd day. It is super easy, and they come out very tasty. :)

MAPLE CINNAMON ROLLS

INGREDIENTS

1 pint whole milk
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 package of Active Dry Yeast
4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. melted butter
1/2 c. sugar
Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

**Mix milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a pan. "Scald" the mixture (heat until just before the boiling point.) Turn off heat and leave to cool 45 minutes to 1 hour.

**When the mixture is lukewarm to warm, but NOT hot, sprinkle in Yeast.

**Let this sit for a minute so the yeast gets all warm and moist and happy.

**Then add all-purpose flour. Stir mixture together. Cover and let sit for at least an hour.

**Now add 1/2 more cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

**Stir mixture together. At this point, you could cover the dough and put it in the fridge until you need it—overnight or even a day or two, if necessary. Just keep your eye on it and if it starts to splurge out of the pan, just punch it down. Or, of course, you can just go ahead and make the rolls.

**Sprinkle surface generously with flour. Take dough and form a rough rectangle. Then roll the dough thin, maintaining a general rectangular shape. Rectangle should increase in both width and length as you roll it out.

**Now drizzle melted butter over the dough.

**Now sprinkle sugar over the butter…followed by a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

**Now, starting at the opposite end, begin rolling the dough in a neat line toward you. Keep the roll relatively tight as you go. Some of the butter/sugar/cinnamon mixture may ooze out toward the end, but that’s no big deal.

**Place in a buttered 13 x 9 pan, (3 x 4)

**Let the rolls sit for 20 to 30 minutes to rise, then bake at 400 degrees until light golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes.
Yield: 2 dozen


FROSTING RECIPE

To a mixing bowl, add 1/2 bag of powdered sugar.
add about 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1/8 cup melted butter
1/4 cup milk... Generously drizzle frosting over warm rolls after you pull them out of the oven
…and 1/8 cup of brewed coffee. Also add a pinch salt.

Generously drizzle frosting over warm rolls after you pull them out of the oven.


Enjoy your snowy morning!


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