Friday, January 22, 2016

Mrs. Enger’s Cinnamon Rolls with Coffee Frosting #thebookclubcookbookCC

Did you make any new year's resolutions? I don't really. I am constantly setting goals throughout the year and I find it somewhat silly so many people pick January as a time to re-calibrate for the whole year. I kind of feel like I need to re-calibrate once a week. If not more.

One of the things I miss most from my pre-baby days is reading.  I have mentioned it before and as we go into the new year it is one of my focuses.  I really want to find more time to read. And yes, I am counting magazines at the gym as part of this reading :)

I have been thinking about reading more for a while and so even though #thebookclubcookbookCC had the month of December off, I dutifully picked up the January book. This month's book is Peace Like A River by Leif Enger picked by our hostess for the month, Sarah at the  The Pajama Chef

Not familiar with the  #thebookclubcookbookCC?  Well it's a group of 11 bloggers where each month we pick a book, to read or not is up to you, and then make a recipe either from The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp or something inspired by the book. If you are interested in joining see this post from Camilla, our leader or Sarah's invitation.

There is a giveaway at the bottom of this post for The Book Club Cook Book so keep reading. 

I really enjoyed the book. It is something I never would have picked up on my own but enjoyed never the less. The story is of a father and his three children. The father has a great sense of faith and seems to have some miraculous powers based on observations from his son. This faith is put to the test as the eldest child, Davy, ends up in jail and then escapes. The family goes on a search adventure into the west to find Davy.  They end up meeting someone special along the way. Together everyone ends up back home after some unexpected trials and tribulations. The book had a lot of potential recipes as food brought comfort and solace at many points throughout the novel.

I loved the cinnamon rolls featured in the book and ultimately in the recipe chosen for The Book Club Cookbook.  I am a huge cinnamon roll fan and knew that was going to be my recipe even before I opened page one of the book. I made these when we had extra family around during the holidays. The recipe makes 4 dozen and although I am up for the challenge and could probably consume all 4 dozen on my own it would not have been a good idea. Yea, for being ahead of the game.

Be sure to check out the other bloggers participating as well!

Mrs. Enger’s Cinnamon Rolls with Coffee Frosting

by Emily Morris
Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus rise time (3
Cook Time: 18-20 minutes
Keywords: bake breakfast bread cinnamon coffee
Ingredients (4 dozen rolls)
    For the Rolls:
    • 2 cups water
    • 3/4 cup honey
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or lard
    • 1 scant tablespoon dry yeast
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 6 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 8 cups flour
    • Melted butter
    For the Frosting:
    • Coffee
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    To make the rolls: 
    Bring to a boil 2 cups water, the honey, and oil or lard. Allow to cool.

    Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water, with a dab of honey to hasten proofing. Put cinnamon and granulated sugar in a bowl and mix.

    Place cooled water-honey-oil mixture in a large mixing bowl and add the eggs and salt. Add the yeast mixture. Stir in flour; you want a fairly stiff dough, so you may need to adjust the amount.

    Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead well 15-20 minutes, until smooth and elastic. (I used a stand mixer for about 5-10 minutes. Shape into a ball, place in a greased bowl, cover, and set aside to rise at least 3 hours.

    Punch the dough down and knead a few minutes. Roll out dough thin—it will make 2 or 3 large flats. Brush the top surface with melted butter, then lay on a heavy coat of cinnamon and sugar. Roll flats up into tight cylinders and pinch the edges together to seal. Slice cylinders into three or four dozen rolls, place on jelly-roll pans, and allow to rise overnight, covered.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls 18 to 20 minutes.

    To make the coffee frosting:
    While the first batch bakes, set up a pot of strong coffee. Use 1/2-3/4 cup in a bowl containing confectioners’ sugar and melted butter. Stir until smooth and not too thin. Drizzle over the warm cinnamon rolls, or spread it on with a knife.
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    1. I so wanted to make these cinnamon rolls, but for a family of two these make wayyyyy too much! And looking at how beautifully these cinnamon rolls, almost have me changing my mind. I'm almost done with this book too and I've been enjoying the pick of the month!

    2. Your cinnamon rolls turned out perfectly. I am so glad that you stuck with them. Now I know that the next time I am having a holiday brunch I can serve them.

    3. I am reading the new southern living cookbook, lol. I can't wait to try these cinnamon rolls, thanks

    4. As we are currently getting pounded with 2-3 feet of snow... all I want to do is eat these cinnamon rolls and have a big cup of coffee. Do you ship? :)

    5. Your cinnamon rolls look fabulous. This savory-toothed gal just couldn't do it. But, now, seeing yours, I just might have to treat my boys! Thanks for posting.

    6. i'm so glad you tried the recipe in the book! i want to do that sometime, but like you said, it makes a TON so i'll have to have the right occasion. :)


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