Tuesday, June 15, 2010

TWD—(Raisin Swirl Bread) Cinnamon Rolls!

So I think homemade bread is wonderful.  I especially love toasted homemade bread.  Add a cinnamon swirl to it and well, let’s just say I would have eaten the whole loaf.  “Have a little restraint, Katrina,” you say.  It’s not that I would have gone hog wild and eaten it all at once.  It's more that if I were to offer the boys a slice of bread, they would turn it down.  BUT offering them a cinnamon roll—NEVER. 

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I made the recipe for the bread as written, almost.  Instead of whole milk, I used fat free—I’ve used fat free in breads a lot and they always seem fine to me.  I omitted the orange zest, nutmeg and raisins.  While I would have liked those things, no one else here would have.  And the only other things I changed was after realizing (GASP!) I was almost out of all purpose flour when I started making this, I used 2 cups (240 grams) of bread flour and 1 3/4 (190 grams) cups white whole wheat flour.  Worked perfectly.  I had a nice, sticky dough.  It rose beautifully.

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Made the swirl—but decided to double it.  With the cocoa, I should have left that amount the same, but added more sugar, like brown sugar, like my cinnamon rolls.  But they were still good, just not as sweet.  Rolled up the dough.

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I made six rolls in a muffin tin and 7 rolls on a baking sheet.

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Of course they had to be smothered in a powdered sugar cream cheese glaze!

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What I really would have thought would have been fabulous in the swirl of these is walnuts, toffee bits, and a lot more sugar.  But I held back because they boys would for sure not have liked the nuts and I’m not sure about the toffee, so I made these for them.  Plain ol’ cinnamon rolls.  But good ones. 

Had to try one with some of those goodies sprinkled on top.

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I took a few bites of this one and that’s all I had of the cinnamon rolls.  That’s some good will power.

Sam devoured one of the big ones.

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Taylor enjoyed one, too, but in Taylor fashion, tried to run from the picture.  Got him anyway!

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Scott and Parker wouldn’t let me take a picture of them.  Sigh.  Thanks for the fun pick this week,  Susan.  Susan will have the Raisin Swirl Bread recipe on her blog, Food. Baby.  Check out all the bread from TWD over on the TWD website.

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41 comments:

Stephanie said...

Delicious! You make me wish I would have tried to make this recipe.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Ahahahah I love the pictures of the boys eating theirs! Your kids are so cute (but you know that)! I can't believe you only ate a few bites of one, that's good will power allright! The dough looks perfect even with the flour "incident"!

Leslie said...

Mmm, cinnamon rolls are even better than cinnamon bread. I might have run from the camera, but you could have lured me back with one of these rolls!

Lisa Ernst said...

These look delectable, and your will power is amazing -- only two or three bites? Well, I can appreciate the idea of having a little rather than completely going without when a person wants to cut back on sweets. I realized long ago that it was completely futile to eliminate chocolate from my diet, so now I'm at peace. It didn't hurt when all that information came out about the health benefits of dark chocolate. :-)

AmyRuth said...

MMMMmm Katrina, Happy rolls, happy faces. So cute and what a great idea. Never too much sugar and cinnamon in my book. Great job. They look so good.
AmyRuth

stacey said...

I thought about doing cinnamon rolls but not until after I tasted the bread. :) Great idea, your rolls look perfect! Yum!

spike. said...

great idea- love the one with the nuts on top

Kimberly Johnson said...

Great idea to turn these into cinnamon rolls! I'll have to have try them that way.

Flourchild said...

Those are the best cinnamon rolls I have ever seen. When are you opening your bakery! Holy cow girl you are and excellent baker!

Flourchild said...

Those are the best cinnamon rolls I have ever seen. When are you opening your bakery! Holy cow girl you are and excellent baker!

Sweet and Savory said...

I love the rolls and why didn't I think of doing that. I like rolls better than bread. I can grab one and run.

These are beautiful.

sarahe said...

they look perfect!!!

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Oh wow - you took it over the top again, K! Beautiful rolls! Makes me wish I did the same with mine! :)

Kayte said...

I can tell from those smiles that the choice for the rolls was the right one to make. Stunning photos...why is that I don't live next door to you???? Great idea with the rolls.

Erin @ Celticheart Designs said...

Gosh those look good! Gona have to try that recipe!

Alicia said...

Oh my god! These look SO good!! I'll be making these soon!

Heather Davis said...

Cinnamon rolls, what a great idea. These look amazing. Will definitely have to try to make them with this recipe. Well done you for only eating a bite! I think I've singlehandedly managed to eat half the loaf.

Lynnylu said...

You gotta please the kids! My cinnamon rolls don't last long, but a loaf of swirled bread would. Glad you made cinnamon rolls, too. I like the color of yours with the addition of the whole wheat flour. Looks like the rolls were a hit!

Juliana said...

Oh! the cinnamon rolls are to die for...love the nuts on top...awesome pictures :-)

Peggy the Baker said...

These look amazing! I think I'll use this dough for cinnamon rolls next time.

Jacque said...

Oooh, look at those buns! (snicker) I was tempted to make them into buns, glad to see they worked out. Your boys are just too cute!

Valerie said...

I so want one of those cinnamon rolls right now!! I was hoping that someone would try this variation, well done! Sorry about all the exclamation marks, those rolls just look too fabulous!

Susan said...

Oh my! Those rolls look so good. I am going to have to make rolls the next time I make this recipe. :)

Jaime said...

those look amazing!!! i can see how the skim milk would work just fine... i made mine w/skim but made it into whole milk by adding 2 tbsp heavy cream per cup :)

jillbert said...

My husband would have loved it if I'd have made cinnamon rolls. What is it with husbands and raisins?

Mimi said...

Looks like everyone enjoyed your rolls. They look way to tasty.
Mimi

Flourchild said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog! I just woke up and saw the post had no spaces..I fixed that if you want the recipe for hte cake!! I don't know why it shows up that way(with no spaces) when the blog posts..I don't wirte it that way and it does not do it all the time..hmmmm!
Oh well have a nice day!!

TeaLady said...

Great idea to turn the bread into cinnamon rolls. I will have to try that. I did think the bread needed more cinnamon. Next loaf!!

Will have to remember the rolls.

natalia said...

Ciao ! I love your boys... and the rolls !!

Eliana said...

Home made bread ROCKS. And you rolls look perfect :)

Natalie said...

Katrina's creativity strikes again! Love it!...your boys are too lucky :) (and I wouldn't have had the same restraint that you did!)

Shandy said...

Toffee bits, oh my word, yes! I have GOT to bake a batch of cinnamon rolls now and try your toffee bits and nuts! I have never thought of this before, you are brilliant plus your cinnamon rolls are perfect! Love your little boy devouring his cinnamon roll, TOO CUTE!

Nickki said...

OMG...they look too good! My boys would devour those cinnamon rolls. I'm going to have to make these after seeing your pictures!

Romaine said...

That Sam is gonna be a heartbreaker. Cinnamon rolls are my Achille's Heel. No way I could stop at 2-3 bites. I thought about putting white icing on my loaf. Since you did it with the rolls I figure it would have been fabulous.

Amanda said...

The swirls are gorgeous Katrina! I love how they turned out!

Emily said...

Why won't they let you take their picture? I guess you're going to have to be super sneaky from now on.

The cinnamon rolls are gorgeous. I love the one with the toffee bits sprinkled on.

Sorry I have been absent lately!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Ahh those are some pretty cinnamon rolls! Yummy!

Mary said...

have to make these next time I go home- my brother will go insane!!!

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Oh gracious, how delectible!!
The boys seem to love them=)

bakingwiththeboys said...

Oh my...i should not have looked at that picture of a giant cinnamon roll on a friday afternoon. I am already thinking of some way to indulge myself and then i see that. dangerous!

mike said...

Wow... BETTER than bread - what a GREAT idea for a variation. My dad loved this bread - rolls would be even better (and more fun to make)! Judging by your boys - they were a hit!!! Toffee... a great addition down the road!