Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bloggin' on Brunch Part 2... The Cinnamon Rolls!

Since the impetus for my brunch was the platinum chef challenge, I wanted to keep that post about the items I created for the challenge itself. But I had been looking for a reason (and plenty of time for rising) to make the cinnamon rolls with cream cheese glaze from Molly Wizenberg's column in Bon Appetit. My brunch on Sunday was the perfect opportunity to try them out.

I made the dough the night before. After the two hour rising time, it was bigger but didn't really seem to have doubled in bulk. I decided to wait just another 1/2 hour or so. I looked the same and I was exhausted so I put the bowl with the ball of dough in the refrigerator. First thing in the morning, I took it out and let it get to room temperature while I busied myself prepping other food, tidying the house etc...

After a couple hours, I continued on with th recipe and baked as directed. Unfortunately just before they were due to be done, my guests arrived and I was so busy greeting etc... that I forgot to take them out on time. (Note: I am horrible about using a timer. I feel all ovens are different and usually just go by instinct and how the food looks.) Fortunately I think it was only about 6 minutes too long. I think this did dry the rolls out a bit but all in all... VERY TASTY! Everyone gobbled them up! There were only two left at the end of the brunch. I'd say it was a hit!

I will for sure make these again. But next time I will do everything but the baking and glaze the night before. I will also take them out a little early as I prefer pastries to be under-done as opposed to overdone. I might also brush the outside of each with butter and the cinnamon sugar as that is the driest portion and who are we kidding, these ARE VERY fattening and full of sugar and calories and carbs so you might as well just push it to the limit and go for full flavor in each nook and cranny!

17 comments:

Kate said...

Your cinnamon rolls turned out great! So much better than my cinnamon pizza ;-)

Nicole said...

I don't know about that... Your cinnamon pizza looked good! And moist. It is funny how we both made cinnamon pastry and also eggs for the challenge. Ha ha.

Erin said...

Don't you love

a.) Molly's Blog?

b.) the "new" bon appetit?

I'm moving in about 2 weeks, and then I'm subscribing to Bon Appetit for sure. Those cinnamon rolls look great! I'm excited for Molly's book, too, because her stories always motivate me to try something new.

Jared said...

Those cinnamon rolls look awesome! I'm pawing at my screen right now. I'm not much of baker, but seeing stuff like that really makes me want to give it a shot.

MamaGeek said...

Oh my. I think you've made me salivate. They look DIVINE!

Single Girl and The City said...

What kind of frosting did you use on them? Is that a cream cheese frosting?

Peter M said...

Aren't these the best aroma to wake up to? They look great and I might just try your approach.

Jaime said...

OOOOH, those look so good! Now I am craving cinnamon rolls. :)

Lulu said...

When I read that article in Bon Apetit I was on a train to Vienna and hungry, now I'm reading your post about cinnamon rolls at home and am hungry. It's cruel and unusual punishment!!!

p.s. please work on adding an interactive feature on your blog so we can read about these delicious treats and then eat them at home, that would be perfect!

Nicole said...

Erin- a.)YES YES YES but do you know that I just found her and all about blogging after reading her first article in BA!!!! and b.) Of course!!!!! I have had a subscription for ....???? 15 or more years!!! I didn't know Molly had a book coming out. Yeah!!! She is so charming.

Jared- Glad you like them. I don't consider baking my strongest point either but I do it from time to time.

Mamageek- Thank YOU!!!

Single Girl- Molly (Orangette) calls it a "cream cheese glaze". Find the recipe here: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/241631

Peter- I see your friendly face at many other blogs. Welcome to mine!!! Let me know if you try these out.

Jaime- Thanks!!!! You should make them.

Lulu- Darn! I actually just had my MAC guy out upgrading and adjusting my computer. I should have asked him about that interactive feature! ;-) Or like Emeril says... I could at least work on "smell-a-vision".

Visit ToDay said...

Looks very tasty
Make me feel hungry :D

Zen Chef said...

Oh my God! I want to jump in the picture and devour the whole tray!!

Nicole said...

They WERE good Zen. You should try them!

Peter M said...

Nicole, I did make these a couple of weeks ago and they are absolutely amazing!

I slathered too much of the icing so they weren't all that special for a photo but I'm making another batch this weekend.

Thanks for sharing and watch out for mine!

Nicole said...

Peter- I am so glad you tried these. They are so delish! Who cares what they look like- it is how they taste. Can't have too much icing. I served my extra icing in a dish next to the rolls and put a huge dollop on top of mine.

I'll be on the lookout for yours!

Andy said...

Those look incredible. I would eat a cinnamon roll everyday for breakfast if someone would make them for me and it wouldn't give me a heart attack.

Nicole said...

Andy- Welcome! I could probably eat them every day too if I didn't care about my clothes fitting.