Saturday, October 21, 2006

Something you might not know about me...
When it comes to food, all it takes is the slightest mention of something and suddenly that's what I'm craving. I'm reading a book about a woman who lives next door to a retired baker who is always making cinamon rolls. So of course, a few pages later I decide to put down the book and put my trusty bread machine to work making up a batch of dough. And that's what I had for lunch today...a homemade cinnamon roll. The kind that looks like you slaved over it all day. The kind that fills the house with the smell of cinnamonny goodness. Also the kind that leaves you in a sugar-induced coma and with a slight case of the shakes. Yeah, I can't decide whether to go take a nap or deep clean my house. I had one cinnamon roll and 2 cups of coffee and can't decide which is worse...the sugar rush or the caffeine buzz.
If you want a sugar rush of your own, here's the recipe:

Clone of a Cinnabon (recipe found at
1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup margarine, melted
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened

1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
2. After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
3. Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
4. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

Allrecipes also includes the nutritional info for this recipe, but trust me, you're better off not knowing. :)