The exception to this is Sundays. On Sundays we all sleep in - Thatbaby comes into bed with us around 6 and the three of us sleep together until around 8 in the morning. Then there's some general tomfoolery in the bed as Thatbaby uses us as his personal jungle gym - climbing, jumping, tossing his little body from one side to the other.
Eventually we all get out of bed and Thatboy takes the baby for a change while I head to the kitchen to make us a nice breakfast. Sunday breakfasts are leisurely and enjoyable. I like to make us something a little fancier than our weekday fare - waffles, poached eggs, or in this case - cinnamon rolls. These are fabulous for the whole family, not being as sweet and cake-like as many recipes. There's no cinnamon sugar paste rolled in the middle, instead the cinnamon and sugar are in the dough itself, making them true rolls and not a sugary breakfast treat.
Which of course, Thatboy and I rectified by putting icing on top of ours. Thatbaby was happy enough to gnaw on his un-iced version.
Cinnamon Rolls (From the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
1 pkg yeast
4 1/2 cups flour
1 cup warm milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
- Stir the yeas into 1/4 cup warm water and let it stand 5 minutes to dissolve.
- Add the dissolved yeast and 3 cups of the flour to the milk and blend well. Cover and let rise in w arm place until light.
- Add the granulated sugar, salt, cinnamon, eggs, butter, and 3/4 cup flour and blend.
- Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead gently, slowly adding the remaining 3/4 cup flour until the dough can be easily handled.
- Knead in the raisins.
- Pull off pieces of dough the size of medium lemons, roll each about 8 inches long, and wind it into a coil. Arrange on two buttered 9-inch cake pans, cover, and let rise until double in bulk.
- Preheat oven to 375. Brush tops with milk. Bake rolls for 25 minutes.
- Mix the confectioners' sugar and vanilla with 4 tsps warm water to make a glaze and spread a thin layer on rolls immediately after removing from the oven.