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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls

Need I say more?
Marion has been such a good sport about the drastic change in menus around here, I wanted to surprise her with something I new she would really appreciate. For dinner I cooked up some lamb chops with roasted carrots and quinoa. (have you ever roasted carrots after steaming them? Oh so good:) I had my quinoa stuffed inside a roasted pepper with roasted carrots on top. It was good enough for me but poor Marion has really been missing lamb chops. She loves them!!!

I thought you “guys” deserved a wee bit of decadence too because you all have been so encouraging the last few months boosting my ego to stick with the new “changes.” And since so many of you are well aware of my “yeastaphobia,” I thought I would surprise you too!!! That’s right “kiddies” I baked Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls all by myself. When Marion asked me what smelled so good I told her it was a surprise and that I would “beat her with a wet noodle” if she even thought about snooping, lol… Now, don’t get too excited, I’m not real happy with the way they turned out. I think it may have started as early as the mixing of the dough. Here it is ready to rise.
I must confess, I’m not fond of Cinnamon Rolls of any kind. Surprised? Most people are. My daughter, Michele is a cinnamon roll lover from way back when. I probably should have sought out her advice from the get go but I didn’t. I did later. But, I think it may have been too late:) (stubborn:) I actually had fun rolling out the dough. It looked okay when I rolled it. As for the apples, I may have messed up with them too. Since I’ve been peeling and dicing more than my share of apples the last week or so, (yes, I baked another Apple Ugly Cake and yes, I did something wrong; AGAIN! Let’s not discuss it) I decided to “throw”the apples in the food processor and shred them. It worked alright but I may have gotten carried away. I tossed them into the brown sugar and pulverized walnuts and mixed it all up. Maybe I should have waited until the last minute because the apple sugar combo began to liquify immediately! I had to drain the apples before spreading them on the dough. A bit too thick I think?
I put them aside to rise while I tended to dinner. When I told Michele I was on the second rising, she was surprised. She said when she makes Cinnamon Rolls she only lets them rise after they have been filled and cut. I guess I should confess, the recipe called for quick rise yeast. Truth be told, I was surprised I had any kind of yeast in the fridge especially one that wasn’t expired. Michele thinks she may have put it in there when she was here. I think I may have bought it “in case.” Whatever the reason, it was still the wrong kind for this recipe. Michele suggested I just let the dough rise until it was double rather than the 10 minutes as stated in the recipe. I did. Here they are ready for the second rising.
The rolls took almost two hours to rise. I don’t know if that is good or bad. I do know, Marion was more than ready for dessert. I decided I should probably make the icing. Whoops, I guess I should have started that earlier. It took forever for the apple juice to boil down to 1/4 cup. When it did though, it did so rapidly. I almost burned it. However, it poured right into the cream cheese butter mixture and the aroma was incredible. Yes, I did take a teeny taste and it was awesome!!! I had my doubts:) Here they are iced and ready to serve to Marion.
I promised Marion I wouldn’t enlarge this picture of her and her cinnamon roll. She wouldn’t let me take any other picture of her but I know you guys miss her so I’ll keep it small as promised:) Here her lips are perched in the oooooooo postition, lol…
Another confession. Marion has been under a doctor’s care for the last couple of weeks. She was in the hospital a few days and was taken mega doses of antibodies. The doctors are blaming it on a flare up of Diverticulitis. (not to worry, she’s allowed to eat cinnamon rolls:) It’s good to have her home:) She’s going to love devouring these Cinnamon Rolls. I don’t even care if she just takes a bite of one a day, lol…
If you’re wondering what happen to the others, not to worry, I didn’t have one. I ran some across the street to Bill’s house. When it snowed the other night, I was soooooooo happy to come home to a plowed driveway!!! I did save one for you “guys” though. Maybe if you look closely, you can tell me what I did wrong. Whenever any of you “play” with yeast, your creations always look so heavenly:) However, one thing I’m sure of now after baking these cinnamon rolls, I will be baking with yeast again!!! Practice makes perfect:)
Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls
Here’s the recipe from Country Woman magazine. An issue Marion picked up at a yard sale, lol…
Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Just a reminder, there are only two weeks left of Cookbook Wednesday. (that’s the link to the how-to) I won’t be posting the linky on New Year’s Eve (can you believe it, 2015 is around the corner!) So, that leaves us this week and the next. I’m going to attempt to sign up for the pay version of Linky on Monday. I think it has worked out just fine and it’s about time I pay for it. It has be very useful getting to know it for free. I think the list of current linky parties that are going on each week is a big plus. It’s fun to see what other Linky Parties are happening. If you haven’t checked out the Linky List Directory, I suggest you do. It’s amazing what kind of parties are going on and they aren’t only about food!!! There are crafts, kids activities, photography and even something called a Reindeer Round Up! Of course, our Cookbook Wednesday is on the list too:) I’ll let you know how I do signing up for the pay version on Wednesday. I hope you will be able to join us:) Have a wonderful day everyone, “See” you then, Louise:)

P.S. Tomorrow is National Cupcake Day!

68 comments:

  1. Omy dear Louise I love cinnamon rolls they look amazing:)
    Marion look so good:)
    Im glad she is better !
    My mom has diverticulitis too and is like Marion love to eat some things ..

    Lol

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    1. Hi Gloria:)
      Thank you for dropping by. Yes, Marion sure does love to eat especially goodies like cakes and cookies. She is feeling much better. I'll "fatten" her up, lol...

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  2. Well, these cinnamon rolls look mighty fine to me, Louise! I would welcome one just about now, but I'm eating cold cereal instead…

    There's no beating the lovely smell of warm yeast and cinnamon. Hope Marion is feeling much better and on the mend!

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    1. Hi T.W!
      Sunday morning is just the right day to warm up with some apple cider cinnamon rolls. It's "only" a five hour drive:) She is on the mend! Thanks for visiting, T.W...

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  3. Oh my, Louise! These look absolutely fabulous! I bet my grandkids would love these Christmas morning! Your dough looks wonderful…yeah for you!
    Happy to hear Marion is doing better! Hugs to you both!

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    1. Thanks Kathy:) Marion is doing fantabulous! she is even back to crocheting:)

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  4. Hope Marion is recovering well, Louise! Love your cinnamon rolls, but I'm not a fan of lamb. The taste is too strong for me........

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    1. Marion is doing GREAT, Shirley. She's demolishing those rolls!!!

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  5. Good morning Louise ,
    On my way with plate in hand , tell Marion to save me a cinnamon roll , boy do the look good . So glad Marion is on the mend , she is going to enjoy her roll . Louise , just a reminder , a little bird told me that Marion had some wet noodles too , so be careful sweetie (giggling) /
    Love the post as usual and I will try the cinnamon rolls with the kids after Christmas , they will be out for the holidays .

    Thanks for sharing ~NEE~ :)

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    1. It may be difficult to save a roll, Nee. You better hurry, that lady sure can put them away, quick!!!

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  6. I do like cinnamon rolls, so I'd love these! Marion and I would fight over them. ;-) Sorry to hear she's been feeling poorly, but glad she's on the mend. We do a lot of baking and buy our yeast by the pound. We store it in the freezer -- it'll last a couple of years that way. Haven't tried freezing those little packets, but I'll bet they'd work too. Fun post! Thanks.

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    1. Never would I think to freeze yeast John. I may need to give it a try though there are a couple of yeasty things on my "to do" list! Thanks for the tip...

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  7. Good afternoon Louise, You did a fine job on these Cinnamon Rolls, they look perfect to me! I love them as well, but I would love the middle one. Years ago when my mom would bake them, my brother and I would fight over the middle one or the center one. It was the best out of all. The roll had soft edges and it was like biting into a cloud of soft cinnamon. I don't blame Marion for loving them. I am sorry that she is under the weather, but I pray that she will be ok really soon. Love her photo, she is so adorable. I love this recipe and will be trying it very soon. A good one for the holidays. I remember Country Woman Mag. I used to get that one..always good articles and yummy recipes for sure. Also love the lamb chops and carrots as well. I am getting hungry now...Have a blessed Sunday dear friend and tell Marion I sent my thoughts to her. Thanks for sharing...Dottie :)

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    1. Hi Dottie,
      Marion told me today she thinks the rolls are "fluffy" I was thrilled to hear that, lol...She sure is eating them, fast!!!

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  8. Hooray for baking with yeast! These rolls look delightful especially with that delicious glaze. I'm definitely going to have to bake cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning.

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    1. Awe gee, thanks Lisa:) I'm already preparing for the next time:) Cinnamon Rolls are a wonderful Christmas morning treat. I know yours will be amazing!!!

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  9. If a recipe calls for quick rising yeast, just use double the amount of regular yeast and it will all be fine. Confession: I always use double the amount of yeast. I am impatient. I want to cook now. I do not want to wait for 2 hours! Now! Now! Now! (I do a pretty good imitation of a temper tantrum, don't I?) If anything was wrong with your dough, it's that you could have let it knead longer so it would be smoother. My bread machine died in October, and I've just been using my Kitchenaid mixer on the lowest speed for mixing dough, and it's fine. I usually shred my apples in the food processor, too, so I admire your use of that time-honored tactic (and I leave the skin on, because roughage is good for the digestion and no one notices, anyway). I think your cinnamon rolls look good, but even if they aren't picture-perfect, so what? They'll look even worse after they've been chewed on!

    Happy Sunday, Louise and Marion!

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    1. Doubling up on the yeast, wow Marhie that sounds way too advanced for me! I'll remember it though or, you can always remind me:) I think you're right about the kneading. The recipe said 5-8 minutes I think. I was getting impatient by 5 minutes. I guess one of the lessons from bread baaking is, patience. (although look at you using two packets of yeast:)

      I don't have a Kitchen-Aid but if this yeast thing becomes serious, you know I'll be getting one! I cam real close to leaving the skin on after Inger "scolded" me when I baked the Ugly Apple Cake. Maybe next time I use apples:) Marion said they were "fluffy" today but I think they could have been "fluffier."

      Thanks to you and John for those tips but I have to wonder, why do they put expiration dates then??? The freezer is a good idea though. Lately the freezer has become my best kitchen friend. (wow, that would make a good post, lol:)

      Thanks for visiting, Marjie and thank you for all your "pro" tips. Your pie crust is still out favorite!!!

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  10. Oh, and Kitchen Riffs is right. Even in the fridge, yeast lasts a couple of years, and in the freezer, it's almost indefinite...or at least 3 years, having bought yeast by the case and stored it 3 years.

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  11. Yay for you! I'm glad you worked up the courage to work with yeast dough. Don't worry-- it gets easier the more experience you have with it, and the results are sooo much better than anything you can get from a store.

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    1. Thanks Poppy:) It did take some courage. I kept on telling myself, out lous of course, "You can do this, you can do this." I felt like the little engine that could, lol...I'm feeling like I'll try again. Thing is, I was usually break out in a terrible rash when I handle yeast. It didn't happen this time. Perhaps I'm over that too!!!

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  12. Hi Louise, your cinnamon rolls looks really delicious. Thanks for posting Marion's picture. Now I don't have to imagine how she looks like. She's adorable and I bet she enjoyed every bite of the yummy rolls. I do hope she gets well soon. I am now in London having a whale if a time vacationing with my family. We spent the last 10 days in EUROPE and now that I have some time, I thought I pop in to see what you've been up to. As always, I enjoy reading your posts!

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    1. She is adorable isn't she Jenn? Not bad for 94 years young:) I can't believe you're visiting all the way from London. I feel so honored:) Thanks Jenn. I hope you are having a blast and you better take lots of pictures to share!!!

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  13. what a generous baking endeavour and the texture in that last photo looks great to me - I find apple much trickier to bake with than yeast but the rolls sound just so wonderful I want the scents in my kitchen (oh for scratch and sniff blogs). best wishes to you and marion for good health - I wish I could be part of cookbook wednesday but am not finding the energy I need for it.

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    1. I think it's high time someone invents a scratch and sniff "app" especially since these rolls most certainly filled the kitchen with delicious scents, lol...Not to worry about Cookbook Wednesday, Johanna. I'm thinking of bringing it back when things calm down:)

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  14. My 7th grade Home Ec class was required to bake cinnamon rolls. It was a homework assignment (since they would not have risen in a 50 minute class time). I did it with two friends at one of their houses. I'm not sure I have ever made them subsequently, but maybe I should try it now! I don't think they had any apples in them, just cinnamon-sugar, but apples sound good too.

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    1. This is a first for me Mae. In Home-Ec we had to sew, UG! I made a corduroy gold jumper which my mother had to fix because I did soooooo bad, lol...Good Luck if you attempt Cinnamon Rolls Mae. Most people like them just with Cinnamon Sugar and sometimes raisins:)

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  15. Your cinnamon rolls look delicious to me. I never tried making them from scratch. And your lamb chops are cooked perfectly.

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    1. Thanks Brandi...I'd be more inclined to devour the lamb chops rather than the Cinnamon Rolls, lol...

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  16. Louise, they look great to me! I love seeing Marion and her roll. Either you enhanced the pic or her color is really good. I hope it is the latter. So sorry to hear she was ill and in the hospital. You two, take care of yourselves...you are a precious pair.
    xoxoGinger

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    1. Hi Ginger!!!
      Oh it's so good to "see" you!!! I wouldn't be able to "pretty" up a picture if I tried. Nope, that is Marion all 94 years of her, lol...She is simply amazing!!! Thank you so much for stopping by Ginger. It's always wonderful to "see" you. Hope all is well with Bob and your family:)

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  17. I'm not a fan of cinnamon rolls either unless they have some kind of frosting on top. There must be frosting, even if it's stuffed with apples and what-nots. I need frosting of some kind lol. They're too dry for me. Yours though, look nothing near dry, I'm guessing they were brimming with apples, like, overstuffed so once you squeeze them all that filling comes oozing out like runny caramel or something.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. The frosting o thiese Cinnamon Rolls take the cake, Sonia!!! I took a little taste and the condensed apple cider truly adds another dimension. Oh so good!!! Marion enjoyed squeezing them and eating up every last bit of caramelized apple. She had another for breakfast this morning!!!

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  18. The lamb chops and the cinnamon rolls both look fabulous! Marion is being well cared for.

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    1. She is well worth it, Gaye. She is a woman to be admired!!!

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  19. I'm not a big cinnamon roll lover either...not because I don't like them, but read someplace how many calories are in one. Yikes! You did a great job with yours and well worth the trouble just to see Marion's expression!

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    1. Oh yes, yes, Barbara I hear they are laden with calories too. Marion is past the point of worring about calories, so she says anyway, lol...

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  20. Oh, boy, do your cinnamon rolls look outstanding! Nice treat for you both!!!

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    1. My treat was making them for Marion, Liz. She loved them!!!

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  21. Fabulous rolls! They are to-die-for. A wonderful winter/Xmas treat.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thanks Rosa...Marion is really liking them:)

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  22. Oh you really made Marion happy! She looks so intent enjoying her roll. It all looks delicious Louise. I love your roll and of course, roast lamb is fabulous. I prefer it to beef and I find it easier to cook too.
    I would cook even more if I knew I could made someone like Marion happy. She is really happy with you!

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    1. Thank you Alida. Marion is one special lady. I'm so glad she enjoyes lamb. I too prefer it over beef. It is fun to cook for Marion. Boy can she eat!!! Thanks for visiting, Alida...

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  23. glad marion's back home and snacking on something as delicious as these rolls! they're amazing, louise--very nice job! yeast is nothing you can't handle!

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence Grace. It means a lot:)

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  24. I grew up having cinnamon rolls for breakfast at least one day a week but they were always store bought. Your apple cinnamon buns must be delicious and I'm sure Marion appreciated her surprise. :)

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    1. Hi Karen! Marion loved them! I actually froze a couple today because I'm afraid she just may eat way to many, lol...

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  25. Marion is lucky to have you! The lamb chops, roasted carrots, and quinoa look amazing and the cinnamon rolls have me drooling!

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    1. We are lucky to have each other Pam. She is one inspiring woman!!!

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  26. Hi ~~Louise~~.....
    Those look delish....can't help with the yeast issue.....
    Glad Marion is on the mend....
    Merry Christmas!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thanks Linda...I'm still practicing:)

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  27. Great cinnamon rolls! They would be eaten in a flash here. Good for Marion! And great that she enjoyed her cinnamon roll. Great that she's back home for you.

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    1. Thanks Pam! Marion sure seems to like them:)

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  28. Hi Louise,
    Firstly, your lamb chops looks really, really good!
    And Hi-5 for making those lovely cinnamon rolls! It has been quite sometime since I last had any, and you are tempting me with your rolls! The frosting looks so good over the rolls!
    Glad to hear that Marion is back home and she is looking great!

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    1. I can definitely attest to the frosting Joyce. It was sooooo goooood! Marion is back to her old self thankfully:)

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  29. Wow. Those cinnamon roll look amazing. I'm going to have to try this recipe. :) Thanks for sharing.
    Fash Boulevard

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    1. Welcome Anna! They seem to be a big hit around here and the neighbors liked them too, lol...Thanks so much for visiting. Drop by anytime.

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  30. Hi Louise,
    I like cinnamon rolls but have yet to bake it although I've bookmarked the recipes. Again ... I dread the 'proofing time ' and I get agitated if I'm always asking "when can I put you in oven to bake ... I wanna eat you now" lol
    Your cinnamon rolls with frosting looked great!

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    1. I know what you mean Karen. I didn't know it was called proofing though, lol...They were worth the wait according to Marion anyway but then she didn't even know I was baking them, lol... I hope you get to give them a try and let us know what you think:)

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  31. I am so glad Marion is out of the hospital and I hope she gets better soon! I think those cinnamon rolls help a lot towards this! They look fantastic!

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  32. Yummy. Cinnamon rolls are such a good treat.

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  33. Yummy Cinnamon rolls. I am glad you and Marion are doing better. What a nice neighbor you have.

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  34. Apple cider and cinnamon...and made into cinnamon rolls. Yum! Glad Marion is doing better...Lots of baking and cooking to do.. and enjoying the holiday! Happy Holidays to you both!

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  35. I've been trying to find destinations my baked goods lately too. Even if I don't have cardiovascular risks, I gain weight every time I try a new recipe.

    Have you heard about grass fed beef and lamb? It is more heart healthy (see http://artofnaturalliving.com/2011/10/31/a-grass-fed-beef-primer/ ) if you wanted to indulge on occasion. Though a while back I made stuffed peppers with quinoa subbing for my usual ground beef and we thought they were as good or better.

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  36. So glad Marion is on the mend! My grandmother and MIL have battled diverticulitis, and it's no fun. I am no fan of cinnamon rolls either, but the Knight makes up for my lack of interest. I make them for him every once in a while and will have to try this recipe next.

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  37. I love cinnamon rolls but haven't had some in months *sigh* Your version sounds really delicious . You need to let the dough rest after kneading it , for at least 45 minutes depending on the warmth of your kitchen or wherever you proof the dough , mine usually takes more than an hour during winter and more if I sub some wholewheat flour . It's okay to proof ( 2nd rise ) your cinnamon roll dough for 2 hours especially during winter and there's nothing wrong with your rolls , it looks beautifully-baked to me ! Glad that Marion is doing better , ply her with more of your healthy dishes :D

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  38. yeah, i'm suprised that you are not too much fan of cinnamon rolls ...bcos i have the impression that a lot of americans love them ! haha! the cinnamon rolls look divine...especially with that frosting! oh my..i bet marion must have enjoyed eating this so much and she looks great ..hope she is all well now! yeah, 10 mins first waiting time seems to be a bit short i find...normally we let it expand until it looks almost double its size, could take up to an hour..depending..I do find some recipes have short waiting time like 10 mins but they may end up denser and not as soft as you want them to be .

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  39. This sounds amazing!! I love any kind of cinnamon roll, and this one just sounds so perfect :)

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none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise