This morning, for the first time in a long time, I woke up to a fresh blanket of snow outside our windows. Luke and I felt like little kids; his grad class was canceled and we pretended to be snowed in and then proceeded to drink entirely too many cups of coffee. I don't often attempt cinnamon roll recipes from scratch (this may just be the 2nd time I've tried it) because it's so time consuming and, like I mentioned recently, I'm not the most patient person in the world--but something about the day called for moving more slowly, indulging more readily, and filling our little apartment with warmth and love and a thick, delicious aroma of sticky homemade goodness.
The recipe I chose took about 3 1/2 hours from start to finish. They were the best cinnamon rolls of my life, I kid you not. When they came out of the oven so soft and fluffy, I wished for a house full of people to share them with, if for no other reason than to have them oohing and ahhing over the doughy perfection (sorry, it's selfish I know. But at least I'm willing to share). Okay, even if you don't ooh and ahh, I still wish I could share these with you today. I don't foresee a positive outcome if I eat them all myself.
See my play-by-play (ish) in photos below.
In this step you scald the milk with oil and sugar. I used half coconut milk, half 2% milk.
Then you pause to document what it looks like outside.
The dough after it's risen for an hour.
Before proceeding, take a blurry picture with your husband.
Roll out the dough on a flat surface (I used waxed paper underneath, 'cause I'm a germiphobe like that) and top with copious amounts of melted butter, sugar and cinnamon.
Roll up tightly and don't worry if mixture spills out one end. This compromises the charm of your photo only and not the outcome of the cinnamon rolls themselves.
Thank your husband for preparing a cup of coffee for you to enjoy.
Before baking & after baking.
And it's a wrap. Have you ever tried baking cinnamon rolls from scratch? What's your favorite recipe? I hope you all get to enjoy a relaxing Saturday and something homemade this weekend!
PS - To my surprise, the deer head sold faster than any other item as of yet--in just a couple hours of listing! Thank you so much, Kat! Oh, and let me know what you name him should you decide to do so.