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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls,P-dub style.

 I know you no P-dub.

Yep I'm that cool.

    No really, I know you know Pioneer Woman or also known as Ree Drummond. Or P-dub,really it's whatever. Just get to know her site and all the wonderful blog goodness she has to offer.

   Short story,bear with me just a second.

  So back oh five years ago I pledged my life,love and utter devotion to an amazing man. He still makes my world turn 'round,but little did I know back then I would have just one more bridge to cross with him,beside that love,devotion forever business.
    I had to watch all six Star Wars. He didn't make me but I knew! it was important to him and a favorite of his. Big time favorite,so I caved. Over the next few weeks I watched them in order ( now don't ask me the order now,I have no clue,but then I did. I was a good student. I tried.) and I loved every bit of it.  I would watch one episode a week,bits and pieces throughout the week then on the following friday we would go to our favorite Mexican restaurant,near our apartment, to discuss the episode. I would ask a million questions,he would have the answers and I was prepared to watch the next episode. I was all studied up for the next week's installment. i passed with flying colors with that devotion thing and for the life of me now I remember about 85% of the whole saga. I'll take my B and move on with life.

    I watched of those movies because I knew it would be a part of our repertoire. We could watch all of those again or even just one movie and enjoy every second of it together. The movies were/are fundamental to him. Everyone knows the Star Wars saga. It's also a little timeless ( just like Back to the Future or Indiana Jones for me,just is.) and will always be a favorite in our house.

    For me it's food. I have a list of various food-related ideas/recipes/notions that I want to accomplish. I intend to make a list of these and post them very soon. (My list will include food-related things as well as a handful of other life-related notions.Notions,yay!) Moving on,Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls are on that list. I have read the blog post on them a thousand times. I have glanced through those specific pages in her cookbook about a dozen times and I knew,I just knew. I wanted to make them and it didn't matter how much canning I had to do in one 48 hour period (aka. the weekend) I WAS GOING TO MAKE THOSE CINNAMON ROLLS. Well I made them and they were the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had. And let me tell you about them: flaky,fresh warm,crusty-edge,covered-in-rich-creamy-icing,delicious,perfect-with-a-HUGE-cup-of-coffee cinnamon rolls. LOVED EVERY BITE. I even ate the last one and I didn't regret it for one second.
   I was just wasn't hungry for a number of hours. They are a lovely breakfast and probably my second most-favorite part of these amazing rolls: yo can share them. Now you can half the recipe and not make a million,but then you wouldn't be able to share the love that is wrapped up in these homemade rolls. You need to share the love. Listen to me,share. They will love you forever.

  On to the rolls:
      We will start with the dough: whole milk,vegetable oil,sugar,active dry yeast,all-purpose flour,baking powder,baking soda and salt.
  Heat the milk,vegetable oil and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat. DO NOT ALLOW THE MILK TO BOIL. You want to scald your milk,then turn off the heat and let it cool down to lukewarm temperature. This will take 45 minutes to 1 hour.
           Next sprinkle 2 packets of dry active yeast on top of the lukewarm milk.Let it sit for 1 minute.
   Then you stir in 8 cups of the all-purpose flour and stir it in until just combined. Cover the pot with a clean kitchen towel, and set it aside in a relatively warm place for 1 hour.

    Big ol' pot of yeasty,floury stuff workin' it and right next to it lots of tomatoes. Heavens that was a lot of tomatoes. We made and canned lots of salsa and some luscious Tomato Jam ! So back to the dough.
   After your hour is up,remove the towel and stir in 1 cup of all-purpose flour.Stir in the flour really well,thoroughly to combine.
  If! you are not going to use the dough right away you can refrigerate it for up to 3 days. I wanted to use it the next morning,so I found a bowl for the dough to chill in,rest nicely.
   I was making this dough in between preparing dinner for a few friends. The main dish of dinner was in the slow-cooker so the work was mostly done.I thought and planned my time wisely. I was going to make these rolls. Weeeelll in my rookie ways,little did I know how much the dough would rise in just short time.If it rises up,just punch it down.
   I found a bigger mixing bowl,the dough had more room to move around and I was ready to move on to dinner. Mmmm London Broil,yum. What?!?!? slow-cooker London Broil. Coming soon.

        Sooo here we are,we've made our cinnamon roll dough. It's resting nicely in the fridge and just hold on,wait a hot minute the assembly part is yet to come. I will post the second half of this blog post on Saturday, August 20th,2011. The assembly part might be most my valiant cooking effort to-date,thank the Lawd there was coffee there to comfort me in the early morning hours. Until then go watch some Star Wars.See you in a few.

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