Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sin Rolls

Sin Rolls. That's what I made for breakfast one day this past weekend.  I wanted something a little different than our standard weekend fare of eggs.  The eggs are always terrific.  I just wanted a little variety.

I don't go to the mall often but when I do I try to avoid the Cinnabon (Sin-a-bon?) store.  The smell calls to me like a siren.  It is futile to resist.  Let me tell ya: these cinnamon rolls are just as delicious (perhaps more) and much, much cheaper.

They're called "Quick Cinnamon Rolls." I guess quick is a relative term.  Quicker than what?  Opening a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and baking? No.  But better.  Way better.  These may seem to be a little bit of a pain in the buns but they really are worth it.

My worst problem was rolling these bad boys then cutting them.  I had a couple of small tears in the dough and they didn't look too pretty once I got them in the pan.  I was a little upset but when they baked up you could not tell there had been a problem at all.

This must-try recipe comes to you from America's Test Kitchens so you know it's good.
Oh my!  It's food porn. Avert your eyes. One thing that makes these buns stand out is the chewy, crunchy caramel coating that forms on the bottom of the rolls. It's really good.

I served these with cantaloupe and they kept us full for a long time.
Absolutely perfect with a cream cheese frosting.  These buns don't use yeast.  That's where the "quick" comes in.  It's more of a biscuit dough.  Also, if you don't have buttermilk just add 1 Tbs vinegar to your milk as a substitute.  It'll work just fine.

Quick Cinnamon Buns
from America's Test Kitchens

Instead of me typing the entire recipe here, I'm going to give you a link to another blog.  They have step by step pictures which makes it nice.

Things are busy over here at the Happy Texan household.  We're getting ready for a camping trip.  I'm getting the clothes ready and making a list (and checking it twice).  I also have to plan a menu.  Thursday night will be something quick (hot dogs?), Friday chicken and corn, Saturday steak and potatoes. Sunday come home.  I can.not.wait. for this trip.  Sitting around a campfire with the crickets chirping is hard to beat.  Of course, the roar of the air conditioner in the trailer at night isn't too bad either. :)  Roughing it. LOL


  1. "Avert your eyes!" reminds me of the British sit com from back in the day "Are You Being Served?"
    And those are some good-looking rolls yo made,
    byt the way!

  2. Ummm...pretty sure those are the definition of food porn. They look delicious! And I am not even a cinnamon roll person!

    Have fun camping! :)

  3. I used to love those Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and yours look 1000% better...seriously, I am drooling right now!

  4. lol "pain in the buns!" Kelly, you made a funny!

    You are right...it is food porn. I had to cover my eyes!

  5. Love, love, love America's test kitchens! Not one recipe I've tried has failed me yet.

    Yep, definitely think those are insulin worthy!

  6. You are my #1 enabler, a true test to my new mindful eating/moderation in maintenance lifestyle. But at least I can fit fab food like this into my eating. Yay!

    I like that these quick rolls are more biscuit-y, which means I can substitute in gluten-free flower so the hubs can share in the indulgence. Best foreplay evah.


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