Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Can You Smell Them? No? I Can't Either.


Why do I always write when I'm in the MIDDLE of a project? Never at the end. For instance, I wrote after Than tested, but before Mae and Oliver did (they think they did well, by the way - Mae said it was easy).

Tonight I'm here in the middle of a baking project, before the results can be enjoyed. Maniac that I seem to be lately (yay drugs!), I've been trying new things. Yesterday I emailed a ton of copycat recipes to myself. You know, things like Red Lobster's Cheddar Biscuits and Boston Market's Creamed Spinach. Though I'm really quite fond of my own creamed spinach recipe. But I'm game to try the Auntie Annie's Pretzels and the Outback's Brown Bread. Yum!

Tonight I had a hankerin' for fresh baked cinnamon rolls, like Cinnabon makes. Unfortunately, cinnamon rolls from scratch aren't something you can whip up in half an hour. If you peek at the recipe, they take about FOUR HOURS. I'm not patient. And I don't think my hips would appreciate cinnamon rolls at midnight. And I wasn't too keen on the idea of getting up at 5 am to make sweets. Hm.

Fortunately I love to research things, and I decided to find a way of making the dough at night and baking the rolls in the morning. Those Pillsbury rolls come in a can, refrigerated, don't they? How hard can it be? I was a bit trepidatious, though, because the pizza dough we made in advance last week and refrigerated overran it's bowl and took over the refrigerator. Like some B horror flick.

Thank God for Alton Brown! Can somebody say Amen? I found his recipe for Overnight Cinnamon Rolls on FoodTV and
am simply adapting the overnight directions. My other alteration will be the frosting in the morning. A while back I stumbled on a recipe from the Pioneer Woman for rolls. I strongly recommend visiting this site - there are step-by-step photos with the directions, and her sense of humor is wicked. You'll gain ten pounds just reading the recipe. And my only addition to the Cinnabon recipe is to use her idea of coffee for the frosting, along with the maple.

So I wrote in the middle of a project again. That usually means I won't get back to you with results. How sad. I probably won't even be thinking of you while I'm devouring hot sweet rolls, dripping with maple coffee frosting. Rolling my eyes completely back and chugging milk. Licking the frosting off my fingers and plate. Who knows? Maybe I will get back to you.

Until I write again ...

Flea

10 comments:

Lisa said...

You mean...you mean...making cinnamon rolls doesn't mean whacking the can on the counter and laying them out on the cookie sheet? SHOOT, there goes my Mother of the Year Award...AGAIN!

BTW: Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls are fan-tan-tastic...and they only take 10-14 minutes! ;)

Flea said...

I've always been a Pillsbury mom, but 2 years ago I made homemade biscuits for a project for Than and I've never looked back. Yum. This, however, is my first endeavor into the world of 4 hour, labor intensive baked goods. I'll let you know if it's worth it.

Don't worry - you can keep your Mother of the Year award. Spending this much time on a breakfast dish makes for a cranky mom. My kids would vote for you at this point.

Marguerite said...

EVIL!!! YOU ARE EVIL! How dare you tempt us with coffee maple frosting and not share?!?!?

Just for that, I won't be sending you my recipe for Popeye's Biscuits. Oh wait, I think I already gave it to you. :( Crud.


p.s. Amen to Alton Brown and Pillsbury.

Flea said...

You have the recipe. :) And if you lived in Tulsa I'd SHARE! MOVE TO THE FOOD! Seriously, I'd give you half the pan. Better your hips than mine.

Marguerite said...

How... generous... of you. :P

Flea said...

Actually, they didn't turn out as good as I'd hoped. They were squishy in the middle of the pan, and even tho I only used half of the frosting, it was too much and too sweet. My ears hurt now. See - be glad.

Marguerite said...

They say practice makes perfect...

Flea said...

NOT! That was a lot of work. On the upside, I plan to warm the leftover frosting and top brownies with it.

Marguerite said...

Now, that's just mean...

Flea said...

No, see, the frosting's quick and easy to make. It involves no cooking. Even you could do it. :) And the brownies are 99 cents and come from a box.