The Perfect Excuse

…reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet.  Be patient with each other, attentive to individual needs.  And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other.  Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.  1 Thessalonians 5:14 (The Message)

I don’t know about you, but the fall schedule has me running all over the place!  Between school events and fall activities, I’ve been sucked into the soccer mom vortex-and my kids don’t even play soccer.  I have the tendency to go and go and go until I get burnt out.  This is where I have found that good mom friends are essential!  One of my favorite things to do is invite a few friends over for breakfast and let the kids play while we chat and vent and encourage each other.  I highly recommend it, and it’s the perfect excuse to use my cinnamon roll recipe!

With cooler weather headed our way I just couldn’t resist sharing this.  I have tried a few different cinnamon roll recipes, and this one has been my favorite.  Please do not look at the list of ingredients and get intimidated!  It’s a lot easier than you would think.  I get all my ingredients out and ready before I start, and that makes it a lot easier.  You can also use this dough recipe for dinner rolls.  Just form into golf size balls, let them rise until double, and then bake.

This recipe is meant for a bread machine, but if you don’t have one you can still use it.  It is much easier with one though!!
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2(3.4 ounce) package instant  vanilla pudding mix
1 cup warm milk
1 egg, room temp(important that it is not cold)
1 TBS white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups bread flour(reg flour is fine)
1 (.25 ounce) pkg rapid rise yeast(which is bread machine yeast)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped pecans(optional)
1/2 pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp milk

1. In the pan of the bread machine, combine water, melted butter, vanilla pudding, warm milk, egg, 1 TBS sugar, salt, bread flour and yeast.  Set machine to Dough cycle;press Start.
2. When Dough cycle has finished, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 17×10 rectangle.  Spread with softened butter.  In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans.  Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over dough.
3. Roll up dough, beginning with long side.  Slice into 16 one inch slices and place in a 9×13 buttered pan.  Let rise in a warm place until doubled-about 45 minutes.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  While rolls bake, stir together cream cheese, softened butter, confectioners sugar, vanilla and milk.  Remove rolls from oven and top with frosting.

That is the regular recipe, but I do a few things differently.  I double the filling part.  Most of the time I just use milk and powdered sugar for the frosting-just depends on what kind of taste you want.  If you are wanting to make this for breakfast, I would suggest making the dough up the night before and put it in the fridge.  Get it out a couple of hours before breakfast the next morning and cover with a clean towel.   Put in on the stove top and go ahead and turn your oven on along with your hood light .  It should double in size during that time.

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5 thoughts on “The Perfect Excuse

  1. Elizabeth

    Have to admit that I am a tad intimidated, but I have been looking for a good cinnamon roll recipe; so I am going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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