Christmas morning traditions vary from one household to another. Some eat breakfast first then open presents, others have to tie their kids up to make sure they don't rip into the presents at 4am before the rest of the house is up. Some read the Christmas Story, open presents, have a big breakfast, and travel to visit family.
Here is one that I love. It's from AllRecipes.com and tastes as good as it sounds. If you have been to a mall and smelled that tell tale smell of Cinnabon... you know what I'm getting at. I love this recipe because I can do all the prep ahead. Stick them in an aluminum tin, cover with foil, and put them in the fridge for a day or more before I am ready to bake. It makes Christmas morning really easy. I get them out, put them in a warm spot for an hour or so, and bake.
photo from AllRecipes.com user CIKYAMX
It's really easy if you have a bread machine (dough cycle) or a KitchenAid Mixer with a dough hook. Don't be afraid of YEAST!!! It is your friend. Just make sure your water is warm but not too warm and get good bread flour. I like King Arthur's Bread Flour. It's worth it. Trust Me!
Clone of a Cinnabon:
* 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 2 eggs, room temperature
* 1/3 cup margarine, melted
* 4 1/2 cups bread flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
* 1 cup brown sugar, packed
* 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
* 1/3 cup butter, softened
* 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
2. After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
3. Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
4. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.
(Without a bread machine or KitchenAid: This come directly from AllRecipes.com user ANDYTAMI) Someone wanted to know how to make this without a bread machine, here is how. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl. Mix in the sugar, margarine, salt, and eggs. Add flour and mix well. Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour. Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Then pick up with rolling out the dough. Hope this helped!
I'll take photos after I bake on Christmas Eve. We are having a Christmas Eve brunch with my side of the family is this is one luscious treat that WILL be on the table.
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