For My Marine Cinnamon Rolls with homemade Cinnamon Syrup drizzled over Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.
A family gathering dessert.
Did you ever ask yourself why you bake? Is it the need to express love, to make ends meet? When your bake good touches the mouth of the recipient what message does it ring? This recipe is a loud proclamation of how proud I am of my marine. My firstborn, with his family surrounding, celebrated his homecoming dessert, heard through risen dough that he is unique and Mom honors him with his favorite. He is serving his 9th year as a marine, two tours in Afghanistan, exposing your "baby" to discord in ways, Mom's baking can heal the confusion left by the ugliness of man. That is how this cinnamon roll hit the table for dessert. Yes, my delights can heal the soul. Distance can make the heart grow fonder when slathered with treats that your little boy ate in the place we call home.
Baking purposed from the heart. Blessings
Ingredients: Sweet Roll Dough
2 packages active dry yeast dissolved in warm water.
1 cup warm water (105-115 degress) hot to touch my faucet water is adequate.
1 cup cooled scalded milk (Scald milk in a saucepan over medium heat, see the video When it makes a film on the side of the pan.
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cups shortening soften
2 tsp. salt
7-8 cups all-purpose flour (exchanging 1-2 cups with spelt flour is glorious)
Directions: Dissolve yeast in warm water, (stir several times for complete dissolving) set aside to cool. With Kitchen Aid mixer and paddle, cream shortening, sugar, salt & eggs, add 2 cups of flour, beat until smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle, sticky to touch, Some people switch to bread making paddle at this point and add remaining flour. I enjoy the feel of the sticky dough and the pleasure of kneading in the rest of the flour. By hand, on a lightly flour dusted surface, I add the remaining 6-7 cups of flour. Do not shorten the process of kneading; it was about 1/2 hour for perfect dough. Pour a glass of wine, put on some "Italian Summer Radio" my favorite Pandora mix. Hand kneading is the love that separates out the wanna be bakers. Worth the effort. Knead until the dough isn't tacky and feels smooth and elastic. Imagine putting on a girdle, firm, full and smooth.
In large Crock Bowl (it's all about the bowl in my family) pottery bowl retains warmth which compliments the dough rising. Grease the inside of the bowl and place the ball of dough in the bowl. Flip it once, to moisten with (butter or shortening) the side that is air up. Keeps it from getting crusty or dry. Cover with a dampened towel to rise for 1 1/2 hours, till dough is doubled. My kitchen doesn't have a heater vent, so I cheat a bit and turn the oven on warm, turn the oven off, place your covered bowl of dough inside and prop open. Oven rack is warm to touch not hot.
Punch down dough,
grease large glass pans
1 cup vanilla sugar (I had leftover sugar from my press cookies during the holidays, this is a perfect use for it. Take 1 cup sugar and mix in with a fork 1 tsp of vanilla, add 1/8 ground cloves. Cover and set aside. (Vanilla sugar that is infused with a vanilla bean is preferred but expensive)
3 tsps Ceylon cinnamon
1 cup finely chopped nuts (For My Marine Recipe I used Macadamia Nuts & Almonds)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup very soften butter
Roll out dough on a lightly dusted surface in a large triangle shape. One side is a bit narrower than the other. Remember its supposed to feel like your rolling out your girdle. Elastic is good. Patience. 1/2 thick
Spread surface with softened butter, sprinkle cinnamon, vanilla sugar, more cinnamon if your like, layer nuts and raisins.
Starting at the narrow end of the dough, roll dough carefully enclosing your filling. With flap end down. Cut individual pieces about 2 inches thick, arrange into glass pan. Set aside to rise until doubled. Today it took 1 hour for the second rise. Cover dough with lightly greased wax paper and damp cloth, rising dough is sticky.
Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown 20-25 minutes, Prepare Frosting.
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