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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baking Day

As Happy Thursday morning everyone!  I've had a busy morning in the kitchen.  I baked banana bread with those black banana's you saw on the kitchen island in my last post.  
While the bread was in the oven I mixed up these cinnamon rolls.  The name of them is "One Hour Cinnamon Rolls" and they truly only took an hour!  They are super easy and really good.  That's a 12 x 16 inch pan so you can tell they're big.  :-)
I had one for breakfast with a glass of cold milk just a few minutes ago.  Yum!!  You use yeast and buttermilk in these with cream cheese frosting.  I don't usually have much luck with yeast rising for me, but these are perfection.  I'm so happy I've finally found a good recipe as I really like cinnamon rolls.  I'll write the recipe at the end of this post in case you would llike to try them.
This afternoon the oven will be turned back on so I can make a big pan of lasagna.  We'll have it for dinner and then I'll freeze several meals of it for Dennis while I'm gone cruising.  I'll use a mix of sausage and hamburger in the lasagna.  Mandy made it like this when we visited them and it was yummy.
As promised the last of my Easter decorations.  A branch I cut off our pear tree last spring with little eggs I got on clearance at Michaels a few years ago.  I think I paid 50 cents for them.  Good deal.
Some eggs I knitted a couple of years ago.
I received these ceramic eggs from my "secret sister" at church over 30 years ago.  Originally there were five eggs, but two have been dropped by little hands over the years.  My favorite is the pink one with the cross on it so I'm glad it's still intact.
A "birds eye" view of my birds and eggs on the coffee table.
For those of you who asked or are interested, these are the immunity supplements Dennis and I have been taking.  So far, so good.  I guess the only way we'll know if they really work or not is if we get sick!  They are cheapest on Amazon, but I have also bought them at vitamin and natural food stores.
And now, here's the recipe for the cinnamon rolls.

One Hour Cinnamon Rolls (Makes 12 rolls)

Ingredients:
1 cup wam water
3/4 cup room temperature buttermilk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter 
3 TB regular yeast
1/2 TB salt
2 eggs
5-6 cups flour  ( I used five cups exactly.  However I'm over 2000 ft. above sea level, so sometimes          baking directions are a bit different here.)

Filling:
3 TB. melted butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
3 TB cinnamon

Frosting:
1/4 cup softened butter
3 cups powdered sugar
4 oz. softened cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
enough milk to make the frosting spreading consistency 

Instructions:

1. In a bowl mix together water, buttermilk, sugar, melted butter and yeast. Allow to sit for 15 minutes.

2. Add in salt, eggs and flour. Mix for 10 minutes and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

3. Pepaire your filling by mixing together melted butter, brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon.  Set aside. 

4. On a floured suface, roll dough into a 12 x16 inch square.

5. Spread the filling over the top and roll up.  Cut into 12 large rolls.

6. Place the rolls on a cookie sheet covered with a silpat or parchment paper.

7. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.

8. While baking, mix together the frosting ingredients. Spread on warm rolls and serve.

[Recipe at Lil' Luna at http:lilluna.com/one-hour-cinnamon-rolls/]

I hope you try these and let me know how you like them.  Have a wonderful afternoon.

"Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than dwell in thet tents of the wicked." Psalm 84:10

Blessings,
Betsy