i love pinterest for crafts and diy projects, obviously, but i also love finding all the food recipes. there are great healthy snacks and dinner ideas and then there are recipes that i am sure make me gain a pound just looking at the photograph. for this pinterest finds friday installment, i went with food. and food that will most definitely NOT fall into the healthy snack category.
it all started when the husband asked if i could make something special for his morning presentation on friday, today. i immediately went to pinterest and found pioneer woman’s cinnamon rolls. apparently, they are out of this world amazing. i have never made homemade cinnamon rolls, so i felt it would be a great challenge!
here is the original pin:
here is the original, pioneer woman cinnamon roll recipe. i rolled my sleeves up yesterday morning and finished last night. it was not a “work every minute of the day” on this recipe kinda deal. it was more, make the dough, let is rise for an hour. add some flour, let is rise for an hour. punch it down, then refrigerate it for 3-4 hours. refrigeration is optional but i highly recommend it. it makes the dough less sticky (aka, pain in the ass to deal with) and the rolls hold their shape better. i mean, if you are going to spend all this time making something homemade, you might as well make it pretty.
here is the recipe:
ingredients for the rolls:
1 quart whole milk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 packages active dry yeast, 0.25 ounce packets
8 cups (plus 1 cup extra, separated) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon (heaping) baking powder
1 teaspoon (scant) baking soda
1 tablespoon (heaping) salt
2-3 cups of melted butter
2 cups sugar
generous sprinkling of cinnamon
for the maple frosting:
1 bag 2lb. powdered sugar
2 teaspoons maple flavoring
½ cups milk
¼ cups melted Butter
¼ cups brewed coffee
⅛ teaspoons salt
after all logs cut and rolls placed in the pans. lots of clean up to be done
this recipe made a TON of rolls. which is perfect in my book. it was a lot of work, so if there is lots to freeze and enjoy later the better in my eyes. i sent the husband off with three large rectangle pans (40+ rolls) and i have two small 8×8 pans in the freezer waiting for out of town thanksgiving guests. thats right, i am already planning for november cooking. below are the rolls after they had risen. now ready for the oven.
all done. baked and iced and ready to go.
i intentionally made these with all-purpose regular flour. i didn’t want the temptation. i may play around with a smaller batch of gluten free rolls. i can’t to hear how these were when the husband comes home tonight. i did give him two last night and he enjoyed them. quote, “these may be the best thing you have ever made.”
i have my supplies ready (now i just need to find the time) to work on the pinterest find for next week. i am super excited!