Wow! I can not believe it has been almost a year since my last post!
I keep meaning to sit down and write but sometimes I can’t find a spare minute in the day or some days I just have nothing to say.
2016 was a very interesting year and I don’t just mean in politics. Personally I had some really great times and some very low lows. Some of you may know that my little man Callum was very sick over the summer. It started out as a kidney infection that landed him in the hospital. The infection went rogue and turned septic. I can honestly say that experience was one of the worst of my life. I felt helpless and scared. I was watching my baby boy slipping away and there wasn’t a thing I could do to fix it. Miraculously the amazing doctors he had managed to find the right kind of antibiotics for him and now he is totally fine.
Callum bounced back quickly but it took me months before I could get over how close we came to losing him. Even writing this post is bringing tears to my eyes because it is so difficult to think about. January 8 was his eighth birthday and I can’t even begin to explain how happy I was that we got to celebrate it with him. Even though he is totally fine I am still so scared. Some days I feel like a crazy person because he gets a stomach ache and I feel like I have to watch him like a hawk and baby him because what if he gets sick again. The mommy guilt of not knowing he was so sick initially lives on and I think it will for a while.
Needless to say he was totally spoiled for his birthday. Like I said I was just so happy he was around to celebrate it that I would have found a way to have given him the moon if he had asked for it.
The kids always get a special birthday breakfast. This year Cal asked for Cinnamon buns. Usually I would just run out to the grocery store and buy a pack but this year I wanted to make them myself. As I get older I find I can’t tolerate store bought things the way I used to . Everything is either too sweet or it tastes like chemicals. This recipe is fantastic and I didn’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to make them. Just 50 minutes from start to finish.
Quick Cinnamon Buns
2 and 1/2 – 3/4 cups all-purpose flour ( Depending on the humidity of your house you may need less flour. My house is dry as a bone so I only used 2 1/2 cups. In the summer I would have to use more)
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 package instant yeast
½ cup water
¼ cup milk
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large egg
¼ cup softened but not melted unsalted butter
2 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 Tablespoons milk or coffee
In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, the sugar, salt, and yeast together. Set aside. In a small microwavable bowl, heat the water, milk, and butter together in the microwave until the butter is melted about 45 seconds. Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and knead using your stand mixer stand mixer for 3-4 minutes or until the dough is no longer sticky. If kneading by hand sprinkle a small amount of flour onto the surface and knead for 5-7 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl and let rest for about 5 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and turn off after 10 minutes
After the dough has rested for 5 minutes, roll it out in a 15×9 inch rectangle. Spread the softened butter on top. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle it all over the dough. Roll up the dough tightly and cut into 9 even pieces. Place in a lightly greased square pan. I used parchment as well just to keep the pan clean. Lightly cover with plastic wrap.
Make sure the oven is off and place the cinnamon buns (with the plastic wrap on)in the oven to rise for 20 minutes.
Remove the plastic wrap and turn on the oven to 375F. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before topping with the glaze.
There are two ways to make a glaze. The first is super simple. Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 Tablespoons milk together until smooth and lump free and pour it on to the rolls. The second way is a bit more time consuming but delish especially if you are a fan on Cinnabon. You will need:
1/2 Cup salted butter
8oz Cream cheese
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 Cup milk
4 1/2 Cup Powdered sugar
Cream the butter and cream cheese. Add vanilla, milk and powdered sugar. Cover your mixer with a tea towel so the sugar doesn’t make a mess of your kitchen. Mix for a few minutes until smooth. Spread onto warm rolls.
I hope every one enjoys these as much as my family and I did. They are easy enough to make on a weekday and I have no doubt that they will be requested often!