Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Depositor of Dust

Lucky for us, every one of my parent's children were sprinkled with Baker's dust before our entrance to Earth... but some, more than others, must have had a very special relationship with The Depositor of Dust; while some, less than others, received only a trickle of the special Baker's powder.

My sister Candice is affectionately known amongst the family as the Underbaker. Unless she has had a recent visit from the Baker Fairy, her chocolate chip cookies are still likely coming out of the oven stark white. She was always nervous about overcooking them-while my other sister Tina, in contrast... her husband would jump over a cliff for burnt cookies; to each their own!

Candi looooved to make cinnamon rolls, and that is an understatement-I've never seen anyone bake more cinnamon rolls than her; she is the Cinnamon Roll Fairy. I would not be exaggerating if I said every time I came to visit, which was often as she lived just a few minutes away in Washington State, freshly baked, stark white, cinnamon rolls would be cooling off on the counter top.
Stark White Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are stark white for their frosting, not for their baking time. They are flaky while soft and quick and easy. Stuffed with marshmallows and pecans, and paired with a decadent white chocolate cream cheese frosting, I have no doubt your find yourself making these cinnamon babies over and over and over again.
½ teaspoon yeast
¼ cup warm water
Dissolve yeast in water, set aside

In seperate bowl melt
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
½ oil
½ butter
Stir to dissolve sugar

Mix one cup of flour to lower temp of liquid
Then add 2 eggs and yeast mixture

Add 2-4 additional cups of flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough is soft, pliable and still tacky but does not stick to your fingers
**Tip: Too much flour will create a dense, compact bread, while just the right amount of flour will allow the yeast to multiply to create a soft texture.
Allow to rise for 1 hour, punch down and roll out in a rectangular shape, 1" thick

1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ sticks of softened butter
½ cup cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla
Stir together and spread evenly over dough

Optional: Marshmallows and pecans

Roll dough lengthwise and pinch seams shut
Slice evenly sized buns from log
Place in greased pan with room to rise, flatten
Bake at F350°, 20-25 minutes
Yields 10 large rolls
**Tip: Cinnamon rolls can be baked in a variety of pans from bundt pans to muffin tins, cake pans to casserole dishes-allow 1" between rolls to allow for rising when able

1 stick softened butter
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup melted milk chocolate
2-3 cups powdered sugar
Mix with handheld beaters until smooth
Slather generously over rolls fresh from the oven

Clint said,
"I would love these cinnamon rolls for Valentine's Day!"

9 Sweet Talkers:

Lois Grebowski said...

Okay, hubby's giving me a funny look... I don't know why... What's so funny about licking my netbook screen to taste those yummy cinnamon rolls????


Dorothy said...

I can't decide which part I like better...the white chocolate cream cheese icing, the marshmallows, or the cream in the dough! :D

Camille said...

TOTALLy blew mine out of the water! Well, mine WAS a mix :) I'm so making these - I love your idea of marshmallows and white chocolate frosting.

P.S. Have I ever told you my twin sister's name is Candice?? (spelled the same way) connection!

Chef Aimee said...

What a great idea to add marshmallows and pecans! Mmm! Who could wait until V-day? That's more than a month away!

Connie said...

I love making cinnamon rolls. This recipe sounds divine!
Marshmallows? Really? OK, I'm game!

Cristie said...

I've never heard of putting marshmallows in cinnamon rolls- what a clever idea. Can't wait to give this recipe a try.

Valerie said...

I've never thought of putting marshmallows in cinnamon rolls. Might partially be because I don't make them (since yeast and I don't get along). But I wouldn't mind eating them!

Pamela said...

Boy did you hit the nail on the head. Candi has never over-baked a cookie or anything for that matter in her life. I love my cinnamon rolls with pecans ~ you can never go wrong.

Eralda LT said...

I can't stop laughing at the "Underbaker." Hilarious. And the cinnamon rolls? Well, the previous comments sung their praises better than I could. Yummy! What a great recipe.

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