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Cinnamon Rolls, Part II.

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The Cinnamon Rolls stayed in the fridge all night and this morning, I took them out, put them on the counter for an hour and then, baked them for 25 minutes.  The snow was so nice outside, blanketing the ground. The air was cold – I can tell inside of our house if the night was figid or not because the air has a cold tinge to it.  I thought that the kids waking up to Cinnamon Rolls would be nice.  The house would smell of warmly-baked bread and cinnamon.  Well, I frosted the rolls, went into the bedroom and when I came out, three were gone!  So glad. Kids kept coming back for more.  Here is a picture of the final product –> I ate this one 🙂  Oops, let me include a (before) picture from last night, right before being put in the fridge:


This is the finished product:


This was after taking them out of oven and frosting them.  Boys kept coming back for more, so I think they turned out ok. I will keep tweaking and trying because I know it can always be better.

Here is the recipe:

(taken from
Prep time
1 hour
Cook time
30 mins
Total time
1 hour 30 mins
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert
Serves: 17-18
  • 1 packet rapid rise dry yeast (~1 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • ~ 4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • scant 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp low-fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Sprinkle the yeast over warm water and allow to bloom for a few minutes, then whisk until smooth, adding in 1/2 cup of the flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm spot for about 15 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs, honey, salt and stir, then add remaining 3.5 cups flour to the mixture. Mix until well incorporated and then transfer to a lightly floured surfaced.
  3. As you knead add the 1/4 cup softened butter to the dough and continue kneading, adding flour to reduce stickiness when needed until the dough is smooth – 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled – about 1.5 to 2 hours.
  5. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Roll out into a large rectangle and brush with 1.5 Tbsp melted butter.
  6. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the butter and then starting at the long side covered with sugar, roll up the rectangle as tightly as you can and pinch the seam together as the dough allows.
  7. With the seam facing down, cut into 15-18 equal pieces (~ 2 inches), depending on how tall you want them. Place the rolls in the dish and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in the refrigerator overnight. Rinse your bowl for making the glaze in the morning.
  8. In the morning remove rolls from the refrigerator and let rise until nearly doubled, about 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake until golden brown, about 20-30 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
  9. While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze: Melt butter in your mixing bowl and then whisk in the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Whisk until a smooth paste forms adding more sugar as needed. Spread the glaze over the warm rolls and serve immediately. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh for several days.


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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

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You know, I have not ever been too gifted with making yeast rolls, breads, etc.  However, I am getting better. I’ve realized that (for me) it takes practice, practice, and more, yes, you guessed it – practice. I’m feeling more confident in using yeast.  This evening, I’ve made up some dough for overnight cinnamon rolls.  Here is the first picture:


Above, the dought is rising and after this picture was taken, it had doubled from that size. I then, rolled out the dough, spread melted butter on it, and a mixture of brownsugar, a tad of melted butter, and cinnamon. I sprinkled that mixture all over the top.  Then, I rolled up the dough into a tube shape and cut out about 18 pieces and here is the final product:


After being in the fridge overnight, I will bake them and then, glaze them with frosting.  So, I will take a picture of the final product tomorrow morning. Bonne Nuit!

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Making Homemade Tea

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I’m going to make tea. Yes, even buy the tea bags, mix up the blend, fill the bags and then steep a nice cup of tea. Mint is a great starter tea. Mint is good for digestion and overall, a refreshing tea.

Another recipe I will try is called Tranquil tea.  Here is the recipe:

  • 4 parts chamomile
  • 2 parts lemon grass
  • 2 parts rose petals
  1. Add all the herbs to a glass jar and shake until they are completely mixed.
  2. Use one teaspoon of tisane for a single serving (about 8 oz). Add your desired amount to a tea strainer or teapot. Cover with boiling water a let steep for at least 5 minutes or up to 10.
  3. Add a touch of raw honey or a tiny pinch of stevia for a hint of sweetness to bring out the flavors. (taken from

I love the combination of rose petals and chamomile. Lemon grass adds a little twist. The chamomile does the calming. Lately, pretty-much every night before bed, my kids ask me to make them “sleepytime” tea – I think we get it from Twinnings or some such company. Thinking on it more I figured I could make something up myself. There are so many possibilities – combining mint and chamomile; mint and lemon grass; or, a straight cup of mint tea.


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