Well, I am so pleased with myself I could burst. Some days you just want to try something new, right? So we tried homemade cinnamon pinwheels. The recipe is so simple — mine based on the Joy Of Cooking rolled biscuit recipe:
Put together your dry ingredients:
1 & 2/3 cups flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
Cut in 4-6 tablespoons of cold butter
Make a well in the center of the mix and pour in 3/4 cup of cold milk
Combine all, then turn the dough out on to a floured work surface. Fold the dough 6-8 times then roll it to something less than 1/2 inch thickness. Cover with a bit of soft butter, brown sugar and cinnamon (to taste, or to what you guess your taste would be). If you have people in your family who eat nuts in baked goods, toss on some chopped pecans. Loosely roll the dough into a log shape and gently slice into about one inch thick rolls.
Place the rolls (not touching) on a baking sheet and put them in a pre-heated 450 degree oven for 12 minutes. When they come out, top with a simple icing (1 cup confectioners sugar to approx 1/4 cup milk, blended — add vanilla for a taste miracle. Or use orange juice instead of milk for a different flavor.)
Then sit back and pat yourself on the back for making amazing cinnamon rolls in less than 30 minutes! And put your favorite one aside, quick, before anyone sees it, or you might find everyone has eaten all the cinnamon rolls while you were tidying up the countertops.
It started out like this:
It was still pretty iffy when I rolled it out and poured on the sugar-love:
But I liked the look of the roll:
Then I added icing. I love you.