Monday, October 12, 2009

Because it snowed in October, that's why

I don't know if y'all could catch this by the title or not, but well, it snowed today, or yesterday. Whenever, the point is that I awoke to this on Monday morning: I'm not really complaining, because well, I love the snow! I do love fall too, so I am torn between the two, but by 2:00 this afternoon, it pretty much just looked like fall again outside. So, we get many seasons in one day around here. Welcome to Iowa. Anyway, what better thing to do on a snowy morning than to bake, right?! I have been wanting to try the Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls for a loooong time now, but just didn't dare. Until today. Honestly I didn't know if I could pull it off until I read about Melanie's experience making them and then I figured, if she can do it, I can do it! So today I decided was the day! I was off to a rough start because the first ingredient was 1 quart whole milk, and all I had in the house was skim milk or buttermilk. So I mixed them. Turns out, I don't think it mattered too much! So, I scalded, and I stirred and eventually had this growing in my pot:
This was a huge accomplishment for me, since dough never seems to rise at my house! I haven't really figured out why, but it may have something to do with the fact that I keep it at a cool 63 degrees in the house. Naaahh.
Next came the rolling, which I made more of a surfboard than a rectangle, but who's measuring! Certainly not me!
And after lots and lots of melted butter, too much sugar, and healthy dose of cinnamon, I had these bad boys to look at. That's right, 8 pans of ultra high fat and caloric cinnamon rolls. MMMMMMMmmmmmm.
I only baked 3 pans, refrigerated 2, and froze 3. Hopefully those turn out okay. Some of them didn't rise, but I may have cut a little to skimpy, and rolled one batch too thin, but I got better, and then, there was this:
Maple frosting on super yummy cinnamon rolls. I know it makes a lot of pans, but my kids and I managed to wolf down 1 pan of direlect ones that were a little puny, and we brought one pan to Pastor Bob for Pastor appreciation month, one pan will eventually go to my boss for Boss's week, and then, well , there is that rascally neighbor who I let Maicy deliver a pan to, hoping for a great bottle of wine to show up some day in exchange! ;)
I will definitely be making these again, and again, as I keep finding people to give them to! Click here if you want Ree's recipe (aka PW) and then feel free to bring me some as I seem to be all out!


Bina said...

And to think I came over here to yell at you for accusing me of "crucifying" you...and before I could get to the comment box, my mouth began to water, my stomach to gurgle and my brain went blank due to an intense desire to show up at your front door and smell what I am imagining to be a WONDERFUL scent! *sigh* Guess you are off the hook...for now.

Glad the snow gave you the chance to make these delicious looking treats!! Many many hugs tonight,

alicia said...

Haha! I am glad that my superb photography skills with my HP point and shoot could make these rolls look mouth watering! Now, does this make up for the lack of skittles if you come on over to this wacky weather wonderland?!

Bina said...

Girl if I could, I would be there NOW!!

PS - nice button you got there :)

Everybody's Mom said...

Those rolls look amazing!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for adding me to your list. I'm hoping I will be able to update my list tomorrow and I'll be sure to add you to it! :)

alicia said...

Thanks for stopping by Everybody's Mom! I appreciate you taking the time to check things out over here!

Diane said...

Initially, I was depressed looking at your snow. Now, I feel fat and full looking at those rolls. Um.... YUMMY! :O)

alicia said...

Thanks for stopping over, Diane! I feel fat and full from those rolls too, but its for good reason.. I ate them. Snow, food, it all goes together. And that's why my jeans are too tight! ;)
Have a Blessed Tuesday!

Holly said...

Wow those look fantastic.. can you add me to the list of deliveries :) I can smell them now.

alicia said...

Ha ha! Holly, you almost did get a pan delivered to you last night! Sorry, it went to Joey first. Next time, I promise!

L.L. Barkat said...

SNOW! Oh my goodness. And we are still waiting for heat (technical difficulties pushing that off until next week...)