Flaky Cinnamon Rolls

This week has been a weird week for me, it was my first real week back to reality after vacation, and its the last week of summer. I always get a little wonky when the seasons change and this transition from Summer to Fall has been no exception. I feel like I’ve been in a fog and half asleep all week. Maddie has really appreciated my fog  because there have been a lot of cuddles.

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Theres no shame in Maddie’s game

While Maddie has been in cuddle mode I’m still in vacation mode. I’ve been missing clear skies, ancient trees, open waters and most importantly some of my favourite humans ever. When I was in nursing school I met three amazing women who I’m so grateful to still call my friends. Unfortunately we are scattered across the country. Thankfully we make sure we see each other at least once a year. This year we visited beautiful British Columbia. It was my first time visiting the West Coast but it will not be my last. Brace yourself for a vacation photo bomb.

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Just casual road side views
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Playing in the trees in Cathedral Grove
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Trying not to get blown away at Long Beach in Tofino
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Stopping to smell the Black Eyed Susans. Ignore my uneven tan and accidental Victoria secret product placement.
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All smiles on the way to the Hot Springs Cove
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Dipping my toes in the Pacific for the first time. It was freezing!

Now back to reality, cue the lyrics to Loose Yourself being stuck in my head all day. Seriously though folks it might still feel like summer here on the East Coast in the afternoon but it absolutely feels like fall in the morning and the in the evening. This morning may have been the last morning of summer but it feels like were deep in the middle of fall. One of my favourite fall activities is baking, and one of my favourite fall treats are cinnamon rolls. So when I woke up this morning and felt the chill in the air I knew what I had to do. Make cinnamon rolls!

I usually prefer doughy cinnamon rolls to flaky rolls but this morning I had a craving so I went with flaky rolls.  The process is pretty simple either make a pie crust, you can find my no fail pie crust recipe, here or you can use your favourite store bought crust.  First step, roll the crust out.

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Mmm pie crust

Next cut the crust down the middle and spread a thin layer of butter in the middle of the crust. After the butter is spread, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture. Be sure to leave room around the edges to make rolling easier.

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Mmm cinnamon and sugar

Once you have sprinkled the sugar roll the dough. After you have made a cinnamon log cut your cinnamon rolls to your desired thickness and put them in a greased baking pan. Bake a 350 for 40 minutes.

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For some reason frosting on cinnamon rolls is a little controversial. I love cream cheese frosting, but some people love a glaze and some don’t like anything. When it comes to cinnamon rolls I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these options but I mean who can argue with how tasty these look with cream cheese frosting.

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What you need

1 Pie crust

Butter

2/3 Cup White or brown sugar or a mix of the two

1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Ginger

1/4 tsp Allspice

Cream cheese frosting

1/4 Cup Cream cheese

1/2 Cup Powdered sugar

1 tsp Cream

Roll out your pie crust, cut it down the middle, spread butter in the middle of each side of the crust, sprinkle the sugar on the buttered portions and roll. Cut the roll and place the individual pieces in a greased baking pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

While the rolls are baking you can mix up the frosting. In a bowl mix up softened cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Once the sugar and cream cheese have been mixed slowly add the cream until it is the consistency you like. If you like the way it looks before the cream leave it out or if you think it is still too thick after you have added all the cream just add some more.

Once the rolls are baked top them with the frosting. Take them out of the pan and enjoy with your favourite beverage. You know I’m having mine with a strong cup of coffee in my favourite mug.

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Fun fact the same friends I went on vacation with gave me this mug!

 

Thats all for this week. As always let me know if you give this recipe a try.

Until next time,

Desiree

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