Saturday, March 08, 2008

Saturday Joys

As Miriam already mentioned, it was amazing to wake up and see snow this morning! No, not much, but down here any snow is a big deal! We went from the upper 70s on Thursday, upper 60s on Friday, to snow on Saturday morning! The weather can certainly act rather strange!

My Saturday started out different then most, in that I woke up at 6 a.m. rather then sleeping in. Although I enjoy the extra sleep most weekends, the solitude of early morning was wonderful, and I enjoyed having more time to do things this morning. After devotions, I headed to the kitchen to make cinnamon rolls, in honor of Elijah's return home for spring break. It's wonderful to have my brother here for a week! Anyways, the kitchen was dark and I was the only one awake as I turned on a light and gathered ingredients. A casual glance out the window made me stop and look again. Although Dad had said the weather indicated that there may be snow, I never actually expected it to actually snow! It was another benefit to getting up early - if I had slept in, it probably would have all melted before I got up.

The leaves were frosted with the delicate snowflakes - so beautiful.

The cinnamon rolls for breakfast were a yummy treat, and I thought I'd share the recipe with you. They're not that hard to make, and so much better then store-bought rolls!

Quick Cinnamon Rolls

3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 - 2 1/2 cups white or wheat flour
2 TBSP dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup honey or sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Apple Filling (This is probably my favorite filling - so yummy and moist!)
3/4 cups applesauce
1 apple, cored and shredded
1/2 cup raisins
1 TBSP cinnamon

Standard Filling (However, I made this one this morning, since we were out of applesauce)
2 TBSP soft butter
1/3 cup sugar
1 TBSP cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins

Glaze (optional, but makes it delicious!)
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix whole wheat flour and yeast. Add water, oil, sugar or honey, eggs, and salt; mix well. Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time until dough just cleans the sides of the bowl. Don't add too much flour - dough should be quite soft. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 minutes. (Just until it feels right)

On lightly oiled surface (actually, I roll it out on a floured counter top) roll dough into a large rectangle about 14x32 inches and a scant 1/4-inch thick. Spread evenly with desired filling. If using apple filling, mix all ingredients together and spread on. If using regular filling, spread with butter, then sprinkle on sugar, cinnamon, and raisins (I don't really measure the amounts - just put on what looks good!)

Roll up as for a jelly roll, starting with the long side. Seal the seam by pinching dough together. With seam side down, cut into 1 1/4" slices. Place rolls cut-side up on a non-stick baking sheet. Flatten slightly with palm of hand. Let rise until very light and double in size.

Bake 12-15 in a preheated 350* oven. Makes around 24 rolls.

Glaze: mix ingredients and drizzle over warm rolls if desired.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this recipe! I copied it out to try, and then put in my hope chest.

Jody said...

Yummy! Thanks for sharing. I am going to have to try these. Wasn't it pretty to wake up to snow? Like you I got up early for a Saturday too! I'm glad I did!

Kirsten Gruber said...

Hi Anna! I noticed on the Rebelution website that you are going to The Call Alabama. That is so cool! My family and I have gone to The Call Nashville (77,000 people meeting on 7/7/07 at Titan Stadium) and went to The Call Cincinnati (where we live) on Jan.12th of this year. Are you planning on attending The Call D.C? Is this your first Call?

~Kirsten A. Gruber

p.s: that recipe looks very yummy!

Maria Pauline said...

So that's why I had a blank document open- so I could save your cinnamon roll recipe!

It snowed here too today, though the snowflakes didn't come til late afternoon. They're still here as we've been blessed with subzero temperatures. Next week it will be spring though!

Maria Pauline

Anna Naomi said...

I hope you all enjoy the cinnamon rolls! It's a great recipe. =)

Kristen: That's neat that you've been to Calls before. My mom, brother and sister went to the first Call DC, and I went with them to the Call NYC in 2002. We're not planning to attend the Call DC - I didn't even know they were holding one soon. =)

Maria Pauline: Part of the fun of reading other people's blogs is hearing about how different the weather is in other parts of the country!

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~*~Jessica~*~ said...

We have gotten rid of most of the snow here for a while. We really did have a quiet winter... hardly any snow at all!

Your cinnamon rolls look extra yummy too!

Blessings, Jessica

Ella said...

Hmm....I will have to try that recipe. I have been wanting to make some cinnamon rolls one morning, except I like to sleep in on the weekends=)

thepatriot said...

Anna the rolls look so perfect! I'm definitely trying this recipe for my day off on Sunday! :)

P.S. we still have snow here from December, if you'd like some. It just will NOT melt!!! :)

eliasboudinotismyfriend said...

Anna - Do you knead them by hand for six minutes?? We generally knead our bread in our Bosch... should I do it six minutes this way too?

Anna Naomi said...

Ella: I usually sleep in on the weekends as well. However, I enjoyed getting up early, and may try to do it more often.

Jen: I wouldn't mind the snow, but I think it would melt on the way here. I'm not sure the postal service would appreciate you sending me some! =)

Miriam: I don't really time it when I need it, but it's about that much time and I do it by hand. I'm pretty sure the recipe is for it to be made in a mixer like a Bosch, so I think the time would still be 6 minutes. I guess just try and see how the dough feels!