Saturday, April 12, 2008

How to get a husband out of bed

When you're selling a house, or having someone over, the experts all agree you should put something with cinnamon in the oven. The smell fills up the kitchen, and if you live in a tiny little apartment, it drifts into the bedroom and wakes up your husband.

I woke up this morning wanting to make Jon breakfast. Last week I was awoken with breakfast in bed (and this time he even cleaned up...which was a first considering usually he leaves me all the pans and dishes). It was time to do something nice for him. There have been a bunch of cinnamon roll recipes floating about and I thought he would love that. The only problem? Rising time. I'm no stranger to yeast, and it doesn't scare me but I do know its hard to throw together something which has yeast as a central ingredient. So a little more searching led me to the Fleishmann's website which had a cinnamon roll-like recipe that took less than an hour from beginning to breakfast.

Only problem? I didn't have 2 packets of yeast on hand. I'm trying to use up what I had so I can buy the "good stuff" in the bottle so I only had 1 left. No worries, I'd just halve the recipe. I didn't need to feed 9 people anyway.

Yeah...this wasn't my most brilliant idea. I mean, it was a good thought, but I didn't go all the way - which is often my problem. I shouldn't have made this in a loaf pan because the 8x8 was just too big! Which meant, instead of becoming a cinnamon cake, it became a cinnamon pizza. And some pieces burnt right to the side of the dish - which is always fun to clean...

The good news is, this was the best cinnamon pizza I have ever had. Jon loved it and was so thankful I'd made some extra icing because he loved it so much. There's a high cinnamon to dough ratio making this a very rich breakfast.

If you want to make this, you can find the recipe here. However, here's my words of advice:
1) Don't halve it. BUT
2) If you're going to halve it - make it in a loaf pan. This would make an excellent coffee cake/sweet bread.
3) The recipe says to let it cool before putting on the icing. That's a really good idea, because if you don't the icing melts as you can see from the pictures.

10 comments:

  1. Ha ha. Good post. I am actually planning on making Orangette's cinnamon roll recipe tonight for brunch tomorrow. I hope it turns out. But it is good to know about this quickie recipe just in case. Actually I think your photo looks tastier than that depicted on the Fleishman site. For some reason it looks dry and maybe like gingerbread. What a nice wife you are! And what a sweet husband to actually make you breakfast.

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  2. I will eat your cinammon pizza any day.

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  3. Man - you go to alot of trouble to sell the house :) ... I'd just drop some vanilla on the stove element and let it infiltrate the house - call me lazy.

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  4. Hmmmmmm cinnamon pizza.... sounds perfect to me!!!! Great breakfast!

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  5. the icing thing always happens to me. i just CANT WAIT! i mean... who wants to eat a cold cinnamon roll!?

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  6. YUM! Who'd want to halve it! I think I would double it!!!

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  7. That would certianly get me out of bed...no matter how early!

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  8. i love fresh baked sweets in the morning. even all pizza-like, it still looks great... and i bet it smelled even better!

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  9. mmm, cinnamon pizza.

    another lovely smell for open houses and things of that nature is fresh baked chocolate chip cookies!

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  10. Here's the thing...that cinammon pizza looks great and I want some. I don't care what it was supposed to look like. :)

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