June 7th, 2017

Alton Brown’s Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

One of the best and most unexpected consequences of becoming a mother is the community of local moms that I have found through a new parent support group. They have been an unending font of support, advice, information, experience and friendship. We are constantly going for walks, out to lunch, hanging out at a café and over each other’s homes for play dates. What do playdates look like when then kids are all under one? Lots of babies on the floor, adjacent to each other. I used to think that the playdates were really for the benefit of the moms to have adult company, but when Kayla had her daycare trial day, the teacher remarked, “She is so good with other kids; she must have lots of cousins,” Nope, just lots of baby friends. I guess the babies benefit, as well.

I have been using my playdates as an excuse to try out new recipes, and this week I served Alton Brown’s Overnight Cinnamon Rolls. The recipe is straight forward and the dough is soft, supple and easy to work with. I’m not sure why I did not get a great 2nd rise from the dough, but it did not seem to affect the final product. I love that I was able to make these the night before and pop them in to the oven the next morning.

The cinnamon rolls were tender and flaky. The warm cinnamon smell permeated the whole house and I loved the cream cheese icing. I saw another blogger use this recipe as a basis for her sticky pecan buns, which I may need to do next time. After all, caramel and nuts can only make this even better.

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