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Get Your Day Rollin’ with Cinnamon Rolls

I am very shamelessly admitting to my fellow readers that I have eaten 6 cinnamon rolls in the span of 4 days. I am well on my way to a bigger pant size and utter happiness.

People often ask what I do with all the baked goods I make. I always spread the wealth. I have some very happy co-workers and friends. This week, the only person that was happy was me.

Cinnamon-Pecan Rolls are a sure fire way to make any Sunday morning better. Little did I know I was going to be making my Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning better.

This was a very special day for me. I got to use my dough hook attachment in my standing mixer for the first time! That just looks fun, doesn't it?

After pulling the dough off the super fun dough hook, knead it for another 30 seconds with your hand and shape it into the shape above..oval?

Place the dough in a well oiled bowl and let it rise for about 2 hours.

Now for the fun part. Punch the dough to take the air out. Then place it on a well floured surface and use your knuckles to get the rest of the air bubbles out of the dough.

After you have rolled your dough out into a 12x16 rectangle, spread your filling (brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans) on the dough leaving a 1/2 inch border on one of the 16 inch sides (preferable the side away from you). Lightly pat the filling into the dough.

Roll the dough using your fingers and thumbs (coolest part of your hands).

Slice the rolls in half. Then in thirds. Then in thirds again. This will help you cut the rolls evenly so they will all be the same size.

You would think the recipe is coming to an end. Negative. At this point, I put the rolls into a well buttered pan. Covered it well with saran wrap and then placed the pan in the refrigerator overnight. I actually prefer this 2-day method of making cinnamon rolls because otherwise you’d have to wake up at 6 a.m. in order to get the recipe done before brunch…and that ain’t happening.

In the morning, you want to 'proof' your dough for about 30 minutes. All this involves is placing your rolls in an unheated oven over a bowl or pan of boiling water. The steam will wake up the yeast.

After you have proofed the cinnamon rolls, place them in a 350 degree oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Once the rolls have cooled slightly, pour your cream cheese icing over each roll. Make sure it gets in all the nooks and crannies!

Eat immediately. And then for 5 days after. Unless you plan on sharing. But sometimes sharing is overrated.

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Banana Pudding….Cupcakes!

Did someone say Banana Pudding? Nope. Someone said Banana Pudding Cupcakes!

Yes my friends, these are as delicious as they sound (and look). Some may even say, my best creation yet :).

Mash two ripe (almost completely browned) bananas. The browner the banana, the more banana flavor you'll have in your cake.

Add the mashed bananas to the cake batter once it has been prepared.

Check out this fun cupcake corer the hubs snuck into my stocking this Christmas.

The corer pulls out the center of the cupcake - same mechanism as a wine bottle opener.

Use a piping bag to fill the cupcake with the vanilla pudding.

Push the cake that is stuck in the cupcake corer back in the potion you just cored. The filling will not ooze out, it will mostly seep through the rest of the cupcake making it moist and delicious!

Okay, I skipped a few steps here. But basically what I did was crumble some Nila Wafers onto the cupcake before icing it (you might see some peeking out from underneath the icing). Then I piped the icing (which by the way is a fresh whipped cream based icing so it’s very light and fluffy) and finally I placed a Nila Wafer in the middle of the icing for garnish.

Wah-Lah! Banana Pudding Cupcakes!

One important disclaimer for this recipe. The shelf life on these cupcakes is pretty short. The cake portion will stay fresh if properly stored for 3-4 days. However, once you get the Nila Wafers and icing involved, time until soggy mess increases exponentially! I’d highly recommend only icing these puppies right before serving. Don’t worry, they are so tasty that you won’t have any leftovers to worry about storing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for:
Family
Friends
And the desserts below:


Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Graham Cracker Crust


Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (decorated with leafs made out of fondant)

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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