Tuesday, December 11, 2007

OCD Baking Log #412

What have I been up to in between blog entries? It's not very interesting, but I can show you pictures of what I've been doing between what I've been doing - you know the multi of my multitasking. Could be the cold, but I've been baking, cooking and sewing constantly.


Cinnamon Rolls
I baked cookies at a friend's house last week and in reading through cookbooks, trying to be inspired about cookies, I kept coming back to cinnamon roll recipes. I wanted to bake something with yeast. 2 oz or 8 packages of yeast. First I made a sponge:
The Sponge


While the sponge rose, I put massive amounts of flour and sugar together with yolks and butter:
Six Egg Yolks


Lots of mixing and kneading later, I produced this ball of dough:
Dough Rising #1


I watched it rise twice, rolled out the dough using my super duper rolling pin and slathered on butter, cinnamon and sugar:
Slathering with Butter, Cinnamon and Sugar


I rolled it tightly and cut it into rolls. Yay, I was almost finished:
Cutting Rolls from the Log


Just for fun, I watched the rolls rise AGAIN:
More Rising


It took a while, but after several minutes the most amazing smell started to emanate from my home:
Baked


Finished and iced buns:
Iced

Here is the sad postscript... neither the kids nor I really liked them. I did engender much good will from pals at work and from Mr. Green Eyes. I'm looking for a really good cinnamon roll recipe so I can try again!

The six egg whites made wonderful chocolate chip meringue cookies that were gobbled up and loved by all.

4 comments:

Elinoire said...

I'm sad that you didn't like the beautiful rolls. Any idea what the problem was? Too much of something or not enough of something else?

I have a bunch of frozen egg whites left over from making ice cream. I should bring them in for you to make cookies with now that I know you like them. I really, really don't... which is why they're in the freezer, waiting for a purpose.

artlung said...

This looks like not enough frosting to me. But wonderful pix and a valiant effort!

comment dit-on said...

I feel your pain. Really. I made the cinnamon rolls in "The New Best Recipe" a few months ago and Leo and I were so disappointed by the rolls. The frosting, on the other hand, was cream cheese goodness. I ended up making a double batch of it to get the rolls down. (There's nothing that powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cream cheese can't fix!) :)

Aaryn said...

So, a site I found recently has a recipe for cinnamon rolls. Go here:
http://www.thepioneerwomancooks.com/2007/06/cinammon_rolls_.html

Be sure to let me know if you make them! It think artlung would be happy with the amount of frosting on them...;)

She also writes at thepioneerwoman.com and it's pretty great stuff.