My online filing cabinet to share!

It is time to clean out and dispose of my many files but I am such a "keeper" that I can't just throw my years of stories, quotes, ideas, and memories away SO--- I am going to digitize them and put them in a blog to save in cyberspace as well. If anyone ever looks at this, I hope you find something that inspires creativity and fun energy!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

with Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 C warm water
2T dry yeast
2T sugar
3 1/2 ounce package instant vanilla pudding
1/2 C butter, melted
2 eggs
1t salt
6+ C flour

1C butter, softened but not melted
2C brown sugar
4T cinnamon

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 C butter, softened but not melted
1t vanilla
3C powdered sugar
2-3 T milk

In a small bowl, combine water, yeast, and sugar.  Stir until dissolved.  Set aside.  In large mixer, prepare pudding according to package directions.  After mixed, add butter, eggs and salt.  Mix well.  Add yeast mixture and blend.  Gradually add flour and knead until smooth.  If using an break maker, knead 4-5 minutes.  Do not over flour the dough -- it should be soft but not sticky.  Place dough in a greased bowl and let rise until doubled.
Roll out dough on oiled counter/board to a 34x21 rectangle.  Spread the soft butter on the dough.  In a bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon and spread on top of butter.  Roll up from the long end very tightly.  Using a piece of thread, slice the log into 1/2" pieces and place in a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish.  Cover and let rise until double again.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Remove when they start to turn golden -- don't overbake!
While baking, mix frosting by blending the butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Add vanilla and powsered sugar and milk as needed for the right consistency.  Frost warm rolls with cream cheese frosting.  Makes about 24 very large cinnamon rolls.
NOTE:  you can make the rolls and after slicing place them on baking sheets and immediately freeze.  After partially frozen, you can stack them between waxed paper.  Too cook, remove from freezer and thaw in the refrigerator over night or on the counter for 4 hours.  Bake as directed above.

Vanilla Pudding Cinnamon Rolls
Mason ate 2 huge Cinnamon Rolls!

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