I’m back. And I have a new toy!!!! A kitchenaid stand mixer…a present to myself for passing my qualifying exam. Isn’t it beautiful? The bright red color was too fabulous to pass up. Now I just need to replace all my other kitchen appliances so they match…
I can’t believe I didn’t buy a stand mixer earlier. I guess I thought it was one of those luxury items that you are supposed to ask for when you get married. But there is baking to be done. And I can always trade up later. Viking makes a nice $500-700 model… =)
Back to the baking.
I bought my mixer last Wednesday. Since then I’ve made a tres leches cake for my grad group happy hours and these cinnamon rolls for “brunch” today. The cinnamon rolls were recommended by a friend. Here is the Bon Appetit recipe. The dough isn’t overly sweet (which is a plus since the rolls are filled with brown sugar). The only puzzling thing is the rolls didn’t rise as much as I expected. But no biggie. They weren’t dense at all. The cream cheese frosting was delicious. But maybe I’m a bit biased. I have been known to buy carrot cake just so I can scrape off the frosting. Horrible I know. Next time I’ll add some lemon to the frosting to cut the sweet, buttery taste.
The only down side of this recipe is the 3 hour wait. However, this is nothing in comparison to some recipes which call for an overnight rest time. Start them early and you will have a savory sweet roll for brunch. Due to an early morning yoga class a persistent food coma from lamb the night before, I started dough late. Consequently they weren’t ready until 230pm. I was famished and had to snack on strawberries and rice cakes to tide me over. Don’t worry, these cinnamon rolls are worth the wait. A+ and 5 gold stars. I will definitely keep them in mind when I am scrounging for weekend breakfast ideas.
And now some pictures…
So good… mmm….