Tuesday, January 3, 2012

From freezer to oven

This year we hosted some of our family over Christmas and everyone pitched in to help with meals.  These pictures are from the night that we all made homemade pasta.

One afternoon, my mom helped the kids make nut roll also. 

I served the nut roll for breakfast along with some cinnamon rolls.  I like to serve these cinnamon rolls when we have overnight guests because I can put them together ahead of time - pull them out of the freezer and put them right into the oven - FROZEN!  There is no waiting for the dough to rise or getting the counter all covered with flour while trying to entertain guests.

Freezer Cinnamon Rolls
Dough                                                  Filling
3/4 cup buttermilk                             1 Tablespoon butter, melted
6 Tablespoons butter, melted          3/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs                                                    2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 1/4 cups flour                                   1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast                         Icing
1 1/4 teaspoons salt                            1 1/2 ounces cream cheese
                                                               3 Tablespoons buttermilk
                                                               1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Whisk buttermilk, butter and eggs together.


Mix 4 c. flour, sugar, yeast and salt in mixer.

Add buttermilk and knead with dough hook.  Knead until smooth.  Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise 2-2 1/2 hours.


Butter a 9x13 pan.  Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt.

Roll dough to 12x16 rectangle.  Brush dough with melted butter and sprinkle with filling ingredients.

Roll to a cylinder and stretch to 18”.

Slice into 12 even slices and arrange in pan.   Wrap dish with plastic wrap and then cover with foil and freeze.

I like to write the baking instruction on the foil before I put it in the freezer so that I don't have to look up my recipe again when I am ready to bake them. 

Remove from freezer, remove plastic wrap and rewrap dish with foil.  Bake 20 minutes.  Remove foil  and bake another 30 minutes.

Frosting:  Flip rolls immediately onto rack and let cool 5 minutes.  Whisk together cream cheese and buttermilk.  Stir in powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. 
Drizzle over rolls.

Of course if you don't want to bother with cooking breakfast - there's always Waffle House.  Yes - that is really a picture of me in a Waffle House.

Bon Appetit!

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