One thing is for certain. At some point during the day my counters will inevitability end up looking like this. It’s rarely clean until 10 at night or the following morning. But for good reason. It’s used for everything all day, everyday. My kitchen is most definitely the heart of my home . If my children aren’t tucked up against the counters on dining chairs helping me bake or cook, they’re sitting on top of the dining table painting, playing play dough, eating snacks or they’re running circles around me zooming their race cars up and down the kitchen floors.
The moment the temperatures dip, we crave soothing, warming foods to counterbalance the freezing cold -20 degrees lurking outside. My favorite comfort foods are homemade soups and stews and casseroles but sadly they’re not my family’s favorites! For dinners we stick to mainly healthy meals: fish, rice, quiche, chicken, salads, whole grain pastas, veggies and homemade pizza once a week. Sidenote: I can cook 3 pizzas at the same time using the convection and each comes out perfectly done! If I had to pick a few other than my husband’s deep love for my lasagna the comfort favorites around here are:
The Frigidaire Gallery Induction Range has been a wonderful oven. I do a lot of baking and cooking and I can count on this oven to give me the same results every single time. The heat is even, the convection is there when I need it and our meals are never dried out, over cooked or underbaked. The tops of all my breads and rolls are perfectly crispy and yet remain moist and fluffy inside.
Okay and it might have a little bit to do with spending a lot of time in a kitchen. Practice makes perfect ;)
Today I’m sharing Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls. My diet is all about moderation and homemade baked goods like these are something I have no guilt about enjoying a few times a week.
The original recipe is supposed to be made with a bread machine but I make my bread by hand and don’t have one. It also calls for margarine, which I don’t use so I always substitute with butter. The end result is always fantastic even with a few adjustments.
- 1 cup warm milk
- 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 package of cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt (omit if you use salted butter)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Turn oven to 200F then turn off once it reaches 200F. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add eggs and melted butter to the milk/yeast mixture. Whisk to combine then stir in dry ingredients.
Once the dough is mixed and everything is wet, dampen a tea towel, place over the bowl and set bowl in the warmed oven for 30 minutes or until the dough has almost doubled.
Once your dough has risen, roll out into a 16×20 inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread dough with butter and sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls and place them in a greased 9×13 baking dish.
I always line mine with parchment paper and lightly grease the paper with butter. Instead of covering them and letting them rise again on the counter, I turn my oven to 400 degrees and put them in the oven to rise while it’s preheating. Once the oven is preheated to 400, let them bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
While they’re baking make your frosting.
These cinnamon rolls are best served warm, so heat them up one at a time as you need them for 20-30 seconds then spread frosting on top.
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