Cinny cin cin.

Well darlings I must have peaked.

Why you ask?

I woke up one Sunday morning and made some cinnamon rolls.

There are few things I love and crave more than cinnamon rolls/swirls/bites you name it. I love them so much I even remember the first time I had them: I spotted them at the checkout counter at Ikea and they were cheap enough for me to just toss them in the basket. I have craved them ever since; sometimes walking thirty minutes to the nearest store that sells the same brand I found at Ikea. Otherwise I satiate my desire with local brand treats.

However it never occurred to me to make my own, not at the start of my sudden interest in baking or even while looking for a new baking challenge. Then one day YouTube recommended this cinnamon rolls recipe and I watched it out of curiosity. To my utter delight I found that as with most recipes, it seemed simple enough. I made up my mind to skip my usual weekly banana bread and attempt the rolls instead.

The first challenge was getting the sugar. Weird right? I just popped over to the store expecting to pick up some brown sugar and get to baking. I got to the store and there were a thousand different types of sugar and a hundred different types of brown sugar. Did I need Demerara or cane sugar? Light brown or dark brown? I stood there in the aisle rapidly searching google for the answer. Eventually I gave up and went home to do my proper research. A week later after visiting three stores and buying brown sugar cubes, I finally got the right kind of sugar (I bought light and dark brown just in case).

The rule with brown sugar is to always use light brown unless the recipe specifies dark brown. Oh and demerara sugar is for coffee.

As I always do, I woke up early on Sunday morning and got to work.  First off, I love yeast. I am so amazed by the things it does. The dough was so sexy and I am proud of my kneading skills. I was a bit worried because the recipe called for the dough to be wet (in order to get fluffy rolls) and I don’t like sticky dough. The recipe also used a mixer and I was a little worried my brittle wrists were not up to the task but it turned out beautiful.

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Grease the bowl a bit. Not sure why but all the recipes suggest this. The dough looks better I guess

I left it for about two hours to rise.

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After the punchdown

Roll it out into a “rectangular shape”. This was as close to a rectangle as I could get it.

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Spread with butter and the cinnamon sugar mix. I find it truly amazing that these cinnamon rolls only require one tablespoon of cinnamon. I foolishly expected cinnamon to be the chief ingredient.

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Tempted to just make a cinnamon pizza

Roll it all up!

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Yum yum

Cut it up as you want. The recipe used a string to get perfect shape but ain’t nobody got time for that.

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A work of art

This requires double proofing which is a pain as I have to wait longer for my babies..

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…but on the bright side this means even bigger cinnamon rolls!

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After thirty minutes of additional proofing. I love yeast

After 20 minutes in the oven.

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I took a ton of pictures but none of them could truly capture the beauty of MY cinnamon rolls. wp-15910404997783351433454276592498.jpg

I was a bit reluctant to do a cream glaze as I typically hate the dried glaze in store bought cinnamon rolls but I decided to go ahead and follow the recipe to the letter and I don’t regret it. Philadelphia soft cheese plus sugar plus vanilla equals yummy goodness. I did not have a pipette so I just brushed the glaze over the rolls.

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My friend made a naughty joke about this and now I cannot unsee it.

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Amore mio.

The rolls are every bit as fluffy as the recipe promises; they are so fluffy and delicious that I’m considering using the recipe to make bread. It should work right? The glaze is utterly delicious and the biggest challenge now is trying to make the rolls last the week when all I want to do is to devour them in one bite.

If at the start of the year someone had said that I would be making my own cinnamon rolls, I would have laughed and rolled my eyes. However this lockdown has brought about strange, miraculous changes, a rebirth almost. I don’t see how I can top these cinnamon rolls though. It’s back to banana bread for me next week.

Adios!

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