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Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

24 Jul

If I were still in high school, being forced to write odes or sonnets or any of the million other forms of poetry, they would be dedicated to my bread machine. Words cannot express how much I love that appliance, and thus I would be writing poetry until the end of my days. So it’s a good thing I’m not still in school, as (A) I am not the biggest fan of poetry and (B) writing endless sonnets and free verse poetry in iambic pentameter (not possible, you say? The bread machine WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE) would leave me with little time to actually use the bread machine.

This marvelous, magical machine of mine doesn’t look like much. Actually, it looks rather scuzzy. And it is just a few-crumbs-in-the-heating-element away from catching on fire and turning into a raging inferno of gluten and death. Obviously, that needs to be remedied. Today. In fact, if we’re being honest here, that should have been done before I used it to make cinnamon rolls. Since it wasn’t, here is my to do list for the day:

1. Clean bread machine
2. Lavish bread machine with attention and kind words
3. Armor-All bread machine (can you do that?)
4. Find synonyms for “bread machine.” This post is already a bit repetitive, no?
5. Eat cinnamon rolls
6. Go back to bed. Obviously the day can’t get any more productive.

Finished product!

Aren’t those the most beautiful cinnamon rolls you’ve ever seen? It brings tears to my eyes. I doubled the filling from the recipe and didn’t use icing, because that would have made it entirely too sweet. So these are basically candied cinnamon rolls. Go back and read that again. CANDIED. CINNAMON. ROLLS. There are no other words in the English language you can combine that can beat that phrase, and there are no other breakfast ingredients you can combine to beat the taste of these babies.  I’ve basically reached the pinnacle of my culinary life right here. At least for breakfast foods. I made these for some of my mom’s friends, and I got orders for baked goods! Like, paying orders! Exciting, n’est-ce pas?!!

Since I’m the incredibly generous and giving (and lazy) person that I am, I’m going to copy and paste this recipe from the website I got it (with a few tweaks). Now you all can go forth and buy bread machines and become addicted to both this recipe and the bread machine. You’re welcome.

*Note: I am not including the recipe for the icing. I did not like it, and I really think it makes the cinnamon rolls too sweet. So if you want to include icing, you’ll have to find your own recipe. Those are the breaks, kid.

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

From Money Saving Mom

Dough:
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm milk
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour (Add a bit more if dough seems too wet after first few minutes of kneading in the bread machine.)
3 teaspoons bread machine yeast

Filling (this is the doubled recipe. You can halve it. You know, if you’re crazy and anti-American.):
4 tablespoons butter
1 and 1/3 cups brown sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Directions:

1. Put the dough ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed and run on the dough cycle.

The absolutely no-effort dough

Sure beats the 58.6 steps you’d have to go through with cinnamon rolls not made in the bread machine, huh? I tell you, I work smart, not hard.

2. After the dough cycle is finished, roll the dough into a large rectangle.

Large rectangle

3. Spread the dough with the melted butter and then the cinnamon sugar filling. If you so desire, here is where you add raisins or pecans.

I'm also in love with brown sugar.

See those clumps of brown sugar? You can leave those, there’s no need to break them down completely. They result in crunchy little sugary nuggets throughout the rolls.

4. Roll up the dough and filling.

5. Cut into 10-15 rolls and place in two greased round cake pans. Make sure there’s some space around each one. The rolls puff up in the oven.

Raw rolls. This is where the drooling starts.

6. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned. Sniff the air frequently. Call up your friends and brag about your baking prowess.

Hello, I love you. Won't you tell me your name?

7. Put a plate over the top of the rolls. Flip the plate and the pan so the plate is on the bottom. Lift the pan.

Make sure you scrape up the bits of brown sugar that adhere to the bottom and spread them on the rolls. Step back and admire your artwork. Take a lot of pictures. We won’t judge you over here. Enjoy!

* You can also cover the unbaked rolls with plastic wrap, stick them in the refrigerator overnight, and then bake in the morning. Fancy!

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Blueberry Muffins

29 May

I went to the farmer’s market today, which is one of my favorite places. People from the community have tables set up that sell anything from farm fresh vegetables to homemade heirloom cutting boards to homemade bread and cookies. There’s also jewelry and soap and fresh flowers. There’s this cute little Russian lady who bakes the best almond crescent cookies, and is so sweet to me and my mother. If we miss a week, she notices and asks to make sure we weren’t sick or anything. And one woman makes exquisite baby clothes. They’re smocked, and take several hours per outfit, I believe. She’s even got little baby bonnets! In the corner, a guy sells custom printed t-shirts and aprons and sweatshirts. He’s also in charge of the music playing over the loudspeaker, and it’s always something I recognize and can dance to. Which I’m sure embarrasses whoever accompanied me that week. Although occasionally my mum dances along too, so maybe it’s not as embarrassing as I imagine.  Or she has a high tolerance for embarrassment. Fun times! I really love that place.

This week, among my haul I got two pints of blueberries. Beautiful, plump, juicy berries just crying out for muffin batter. Who am I to argue with that? Blueberry muffins it was! I put a whole pint in the batter, so they generously studded the muffin and oozed out all over the place. Not very pretty, but delicious.

I topped them with a cinnamon-sugar mixture, just like my mum did when she made muffins for us when we were little.

Blueberry Muffins
from Eating Economically Is Just Plain Smart

Ingredients:

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 pint blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Mix briefly with a fork.

3. Add oil, milk and eggs to dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until completely mixed, scraping the bowl when necessary. When completely mixed, stir in the blueberries.

4. Grease a muffin tin or line with cupcake liners. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over tops, if desired. (Mix a sugar with a little bit of cinnamon, to your taste.)

5. Bake in preheated oven for 15 or 20 minutes or until muffins are light to medium brown and a toothpick inserted into center of muffins comes out clean.

6. Eat!