Monday, December 21, 2009

Welcome Home, Howard!

Howard has been away in Idaho, the past few days visiting with a young friend suffering cancer and probably won't be with us for much longer. Barry our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

To try to cheer Howard up, I decided to make his favorite thing in the world...cinnamon rolls, like the famous Cinnabons. If nothing else, the house smells wonderful!

All rolled out, topped with LOTS of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

All rolled up and being cut.

Just a few minutes more and they can go into the oven.

Out of the oven, but not frosted.

Here are the two that didn't fit into the large pans...all frosted and ready to be eaten.

Cinnamon Rolls
Yield: 24 large or 36 medium rolls

4 ½ teaspoons dry yeast (I use instant yeast)
2 tablespoons sugar
3 ½ oz. package instant vanilla pudding mixed with 2 cups milk
2 eggs
½ cup butter, melted
6-7 cups flour

In large bowl (I use the mixer bowl) mix vanilla pudding and milk until smooth. Add melted butter, eggs and salt. Mix well.

Gradually add flour and yeast; knead until smooth. Turn out into greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled. Punch down and let rise again.

Roll out on floured board to 34" x 21" size. Take 1 cup soft butter and spread over surface. In a bowl mix 2½ cups brown sugar with ¼ cup cinnamon. Sprinkle over top. Starting with the wide side, roll very tightly like a jelly roll. Cut into rounds with a very sharp knife, so that you don't flatten the roll.

Place on lightly greased cookie sheet 2" apart. (I use 9" cake pans). Lightly press down on each roll. Cover and let rise.

Bake 350° for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven when the rolls start to turn golden. Don't over-bake.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese
½ cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon milk

Combine all ingredients together and beat until smooth. Ice rolls while still warm.


Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Wow, that's torture not to be able to reach in the screen and grab one! They look fabulous! Merry Christmas! Linda

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Okay, I think I can even smell them. They look so good...
Merry Christmas!
Living it up at Lakewood,

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

Oh those look SO good! I thought I would make them then realized I do not have all the ingredients here:-(

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness, those look amazing, Mimi! I saving your recipe - thank you!

My condolences on your friend's serious condition.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Can these be made a day ahead, Mimi? I'm thinking of making them for Christmas morning but don't need any last minute work. Or, what about freezing them after they're baked?

Mimi said...

Susan, I think they are best when fresh out of the oven, but Howard likes them better the next day. If it were me making them for breakfast, I would make them and let them rise (in covered pans) in the fridge overnight and bake them half an hour after you take them from the fridge. If they have risen too much just push them down with your hand a little.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Blessings at Christmas, from my mountain top to your home….Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I want to be at Christmas at your house!

the passionate hairdresser said...

Thank GOD you do not live near by!!!

Love you!! :)

Dishesdone said...

Those look fabulous, I can just smell them from here, but I wish I was tasting them! Amazing, Mimi! I wish I lived next door!

My sincerest sympathies for your friend. I'm so sorry!

Kathleen said...

I am always going to try making them, and never have..I think I would eat too many..they look wonderful!
I am so glad you are sharing some of your baking with have a real talent for it!

Prayers for your friend, so sad...

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thanks so much for the tip, Mimi! I can't wait to try them.

Rene said...

These look so yummy! I must try to make them. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Tammy@InStitches said...

Wow, they look really yummy ! I've never made them from scratch before.