I am sorry it’s been so long since I last wrote but more importantly that I haven’t made something worthy of blogging:) Well that all changed this morning! But I will get to the ONLY cinnamon roll recipe you will ever need in a minute.
My Thursday ladies group is loving Andy Stanley’s, Address the Mess, http://northpoint.org/messages/address-the-mess/the-mess-in-the-mirror/ video series. It is SO good! We are all a mess, know a mess, or are in between messes. Here are my take aways from the first 4 videos.
The first video is The Mess in the Mirror The next time you find yourself having a negative thought about someone stop and say what Stanley recommends, “I know a mess when I see one because I am one” Look at messes as an opportunity to come together.
Video number two is The Best Mess Ever and it helps us see that our messes give us the opportunity to bring us closer to God by looking to Jesus. Stanley’s thought for us in this video is “I messed up, I gave up, I looked up and God showed up” The next time you find yourself in a mess hold Jesus’ hand and know that God will show up!
Inside Out is the third video and we learn that God loves us to much to leave us and to learn to work with our heavenly Father to complete what he has started in us. Stanley says help me to see as you see, do as you do and see other people how God sees them. I am constantly reminding myself to see the GOoD in everyone.
And the fourth video is Move Toward the Mess which is the opposite of what most of us want to do. Running the other way sounds a whole lot easier. Stanley talks with John Hambrick and Hambrick says we shouldn’t move toward all messes. This was so good to hear! Instead we should go deep with a few messes in our lives and don’t feel guilty about the others.
The most interesting part of this video is that when we become invested in someone else’s mess we naturally want to fix the mess. Hambrick says we just need to walk along side the person and be there for support. Such an aha moment for so many of the ladies in my group! As women we are wired to fix. It was a relief to know that walking along side a mess is what we are called to do and that people aren’t projects.
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth–Psalm 145:18
1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls
The hour is only if you have all your ingredients measured but honestly I didn’t mind because these were the absolute best cinnamon rolls I have ever made and eaten! Recipe from Life Made Simple.
2¾ c. all-purpose flour (I am still in love with Beksul Korean wheat flour plus about 2/3 cup more for me when kneading)
1 package instant (quick rise) yeast (or 2¼ tsp.) I used regular yeast
1 tsp. salt
¼ c. sugar
2 tbsp. butter (I used salted)
½ c. water
¼ c. whole milk
⅔ c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
¼ c. (½ stick) butter, room temperature (I used salted)
1½ c. powdered sugar
¼ c. (½ stick) butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp. milk
I did this all by hand without a mixer
- In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, yeast and salt.
- In a small microwave safe bowl combine the sugar, butter, water and milk. Heat in the microwave until the mixture is hot and the butter is almost melted. Gradually add the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Add the egg and mix until a soft and sticky dough forms. My dough was very very sticky.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- If using a stand mixer, switch to the dough hook and set on the lowest mixing setting for 4 minutes or until the dough becomes elastic or knead by hand on a lightly floured surface for 3-4 minutes. I did this by hand and because the dough was VERY wet I needed to add about another 2/3 c flour while needing. It was a wet mess all over my hands but came together. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a damp paper towel and allow it to rest on the counter for 5 minutes.
- I prepared the filling before I rolled out my dough so my dough probably sat for 10 minutes. Combine all of the ingredients for the filling in a small mixing bowl except for the butter.
- Once the dough has rested, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until it measures a 16×9 inch rectangle, yes I measured. My dough was very easy to work with once I added the extra flour. It did not stick and was easy to roll up once I added the filling.
- Spread the butter over the top of the rolled dough, then sprinkle with the filling. Tightly roll the dough and cut into 12 portions. Use a sharp knife or dental floss. I cut my log in half, then cut each half in half and then each piece cut into 3 pieces to give 12 pieces. Trust me when I say the two ends are just as good and tender as the other pieces. So don’t pitch them!
- Place the rolls into a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish, about 2 inches apart, 3 rows of 4 and gently press a piece of aluminum foil over top. Turn OFF your oven and place the covered rolls inside to rise for 25 minutes.
- Remove the rolls from the oven and turn ON your oven to 375 degrees. Once heated, remove the foil and bake the rolls for 15-18 minutes or until the centers are lightly golden brown in color.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before frosting. (YES I did this for about 6 minutes)
- While rolls are cooling, prepare the frosting by combining all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and beating by hand or with a hand mixer until smooth. Pour over the tops of the rolls. Eat:))))
Makes 12 rolls (I ate 4:)