So what if we skipped right from Hanukkah to Christmas? That’s allowed, right? (And yes, we recognize both in our household, and thus both deserve equal attention when it comes to food).
Contrary to what you might believe, we actually have been not only eating but actually cooking food in these past few weeks. And I’ve got a couple of recipes backlogged that we ate and loved and even photographed, but just haven’t gotten around to posting (whoops).
Maybe it’ll be my blogging resolution to post things immediately after we eat them, at the very least to show you that we’re eating something other than microwave dinners and take out (rare, yes, but it happens).
Anyways, aside from the fact that we barely made it to the grocery store before it closed last night, we managed to cook some pretty delicious stuff today.
It all started with fresh cinnamon rolls in the morning (or, early afternoon… it was nearly noon before they were done).
I saw this recipe on Never Bashful with Butter and just had to try them. We made them for the 2nd time this morning (the photo above is of the 1st batch a few weeks ago), this time trying a variation with plain vanilla extract instead of almond. Unfortunately we ran out of powdered sugar, so they didn’t get the oozing frosting glazed on top, but they almost don’t need it… a slight dusting of sugar is enough to make you fall over in bliss.
I made the dough last night, let it rise for a few hours, then punched it down and chilled it overnight. I rolled and filled them this morning, then let them proof for 30 minutes in a cold oven over a pan of boiling water (advice via Alton) before baking. Next time I’ll even try rolling them out the night before and proof and bake in the morning, so they might actually stay breakfast instead of a substitute lunch.
Can I just warn you that once you’ve made cinnamon rolls from scratch, you may never be able to buy the tubed ones again.