Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cinnabon Cinnamon rolls for Mother’s day

Super soft and delicious Cinnabon, just like the ones in the super market.  Love the cinnamon flavor and these are addictive. 
Cinnamon, easy recipe, soft creamy cinnabon. dessert,

Cinnamon, easy recipe, soft creamy cinnabon. dessert,
Teen loves to bake and sometimes she comes up with the mostest craziest (there is a word called mostest, I insist;) ) ideas at weird times of the day. For example on Sunday afternoon after a heavy meal when am zonked out of my wits, she wants to bake some exotic cookies. She says she can do it all by herself and she does - but there is always this high pitched voice, “Mom, where is unsalted butter, there is only salted, you said we had it” and before I react it will be followed by “oh! I found it” I love to nap on Sunday afternoons and am pretty serious about my beauty sleep. After I tell her am napping her usual response is, “ jeez, you are not even doing anything” Daddy Jois is always sympathetic to the teen and makes me feel like Cinderella’s step mom, but in vain. I don’t budge my comfy sofa. Don’t judge me people.

Oh well I digress, so teen walks in to the kitchen at 9.25 Thursday night and announces, "I am baking Cinnabon….I want it for breakfast tomorrow”. “Not now” to which I hear, “why not”. Well, here I am dealing with a teen who has the gift of the gab and you should never attempt to answers her question “why not” my usual response is “ because I say so” and after a bit of grunting it usually goes in my favor. But I thought about it and asked myself why not, this is what memories are made of..when she will look at these pictures ten years from now, she will remember that night, both of us awake at midnight and peeking into the oven, watching the Cinnabon rise. To her surprise I said yes, and she does not like to be watched (read supervised) when she’s in the kitchen and I let her be. I still don’t let her keep stuff in the oven, that’s just the paranoid mom in me. I was really surprised, that she pulled this one off. I think this is a great recipe and am glad she baked it as we enjoyed our breakfast the following morning.

I was given 20 minutes to photograph it and hence the cream cheese frosting is missing from the pictures, but knowing her, she will be baking this very soon (read  Mother’s Day) and I will add some more images with the yummy super delish frosting. What a perfect post for Mother’s day, if I may say so myself.

Cinnabon is usually associated with cold fall evenings, and a cup of coffee. I will take it any time of the year with hot or cold coffee.

Hot n steamy

Also some good stuff this week. My photography for Idaho potatoes got published, thanks to Monica Bhide  who asked me to work for her on this project. Here is the link, check it out. Recipes by Monica Bhide and photography by yours truly. I really enjoyed photographing this for them.

Also thanks to all of you who took the time to write a review on 'A life of Spice’ on Amazon and goodreads.
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk 
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓  butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened

Cream cheese icing
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt

 I know the images don’t show the icing ! Sigh!! we were so hungry that we ate it up and after that I was too full to do anything, let alone click a picture. Next time teen bakes this, will add a picture on this post for sure.

In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in warm milk, yes  milk not water.

Add sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour to the bowl of a mixer and mix well, use hand or stand mixer.

Pour the yeast-milk mixture and incorporate.  Don’t over handle the dough. Coat it in a bit of oil and cover with a wet muslin cloth and keep in a warm place till dough doubles, it took us one hour and twenty minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Roll the dough into a rectangle so it is about 1/4th inch thick

For the filling combine all the above and spread it on the dough. OR spread the butter with a pastry brush and sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Resist not eating it :)

Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge. Cut the dough into 1½ inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan. Use a perforated bread knife to cut the dough. 

Bake for 16-20 minutes, check on it - it took us 18 and just till it is golden brown. 

Make the icing when the Cinnabon is baking, unlike u r baking at midnight like us and get too tired to make the icing and make it in the morning.  

Spread the icing and enjoy with a hot cup of coffee. This recipe is so close to the real deal. Just loved it. 


Cinnamon, easy recipe, soft creamy cinnabon. dessert,
To all the lovely mothers, aunts, grandmas and all the powerful woman who mother us and makes us who we are Happy Mother’s Day !!

For more Mother’s Day ideas. No Mother’s Day brunch is complete without dessert.

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  1. Drooling at those cinnamon rolls... they look so better than the store ones...

  2. A fantastic Mother's Day treat. I love cinnamon rolls.



  3. This is such a sweet post!!! Loved every bit of it. Cinnamon rolls are a favorite of mine and you have captured it perfectly :)

  4. Mmmm those look amazing! Perfect for mother's day indeed :)

  5. You're one lucky mother!!! The rolls look fantastic <3

  6. Simi,
    Beautiful photographic ode for Mother's day!
    And that steaming cup of tea is just lovely..
    Your photographs for idaho potato as just as rustic as the potato itself!
    Loved them all.
    Happy Mother's day to you!

  7. cinnamon rolls shots are amazing:)

  8. Very professional pics as always. The cinnamon rolls are simply mouth watering !


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