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I am super tempted to write about the weather.. again! Simply because I can’t believe how beautiful it is today. Well, after I woke up my first thought was I need to see a doctor, because there is something wrong with my vision. Everything was so foggy that I could barely see the houses on the other side of the street.. now the sun is shining and I see all the houses. My eyes are fine 🙂
Ok, I really need to stop talking about the weather, ’cause you guys will say this is grandma talk. I am not old enough to be a grandma 🙂 Although.. technically I am old enough to be a grandma…if I had a kid with 16 and she or he would have a child now.. scary thought somehow 😉 I bet there were women in my family, who became grandmothers in their thirties.. like 100 years ago. Good it didn’t become some sort of a family tradition 😉
Talking about kids… getting kids… birthdays.. 😉
Yesterday I was visiting a friend for her birthday. Of course, I didn’t only bring a present, but also a cake. Since she is not one of those people, who has a very sweet tooth, I was thinking about the kind of cake I could make. Last week, when she visited me one night, I gave her those “franz rolls” and she really seemed to like them. Therefore, I thought it might be a good idea to make a cake with cinnamon rolls. I used the same recipe you find in my last post, but changed the shape. Instead of making two rolls out of the dough and cutting them into small pieces, I made one bigger roll and the pieces were thicker too. I arranged the cut rolls in a circle and put one into the middle. It looked like a nice cinnamon flower 🙂 I had four or five rolls left and put them into a muffin pan, making cinnamon-roll-cupcakes 🙂 Yummyyyyy!!!
I just wanted to show you two alternatives to my last recipe.
Because the pieces are a little bigger, you might need to bake them 5 to 10 minutes longer than the small ones. Just try it out. When you realize the rolls are getting brownish, take them out and let them cool a little.
I glazed the cake with a mixture of milk, powdered sugar and some cinnamon. Apply it when the rolls are still a little warm.
For the “cupcakes” I just used powdered sugar.
All of you probably know that feeling when you see something and you realize.. oooohh I want that!! And it doesn’t leave you until you get it!
I have these feelings often with recipes.. I want to try something that I saw in a magazine, online, or on another blog. It keeps following me everywhere. I go grocery shopping, it’s there. I go to visit my friends.. it’s there. I go to the gym.. oh, hello idea. You are here as well?
In my last post I told you about my visits in the south of Germany and how I made cookies for my family. On my last evening I was sitting on the couch and flipping through a magazine. I am interested in a lot of sections in magazines, depending on what magazine it is.. Often it is the small part with the recipes that is drawing most of my attention. In the mentioned magazine I found a recipe for something like cinnamon rolls and I realized: oh.. I think I am craving cinnamon rolls! I wanted to make them right away, but it was pretty late and yeast needs some time, so I put it aside.
The cinnamon rolls in my head kept me company for quite a while then. Finally, I had a good excuse to try them. I met with a couple of friends for a poker night and I knew that they wanted to cook something for dinner. Dessert would not hurt, right?
Here is the recipe:
500 g flour
1 package (7 g) yeast,
50 g + 75 g sugar
200 ml + 1 Tbs milk
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
5 Tbs oil
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
100 g soft butter
1. for the dough mix the flour, yeast, 50g sugar and some salt in a bowl
2. heat 200 ml milk and add it to the flour mix
3. add one egg and the oil and mix it with a dough hook until smooth. Leave the dough in a warm place for about 30-40 minutes to rise. It should be doubled in size.
4. for the filling, mix 75g sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
5. knead the dough and divide it in two. Roll one half into a 34cmx34cm square.
6. spread half of the butter onto the dough square and sprinkle it with half the sugar-cinnamon mixture
7. roll it up
8. cut it into trapeze shaped pieces, with a big side of approx. 4cm and a small side of approx.1 1/2cm
9. with the trapeze standing on the bigger side, squeeze the small side with a round spoon down
10. let rise for another 15 minutes
11. in the meantime, prepare the other half of the dough the same way
12. mix an egg yolk and milk and apply to the rolls
13. bake for 20-25 minutes and let cool
14. use powedered sugar at last
I know the part with the squeezing down of the rolls seems confusing. Go to the website and look at the pictures if you like. It is pretty easy to understand. Or do any other kind of shapes.. leave them in rolls 🙂
Btw. I learned that these “squeezed-down” cinnamon rolls are called “Franzbrötchen” in Hamburg. When asked whether I made Franzbrötchen my answer was a very convinced “NO! I made cinnamon rolls”. An amused look from everybody else in the room told me that it is the same. Ok, I moved from midwestern Germany to Hannover and didn’t go any further north, except for visits.. I don’t know what their names for all the different pastry is.. but I am learning every day. I am not Franz, but I wish you Bon Appetit all the same 🙂