Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Bites and Kisses*

At the weekend I decided I wanted something sweet to eat, but had nothing in the house that fit the bill... Not without making something from scratch, that is ;)

I decided against cake, as surprising as that is, and went for something a little quicker. Cinnamon rolls *grins* Now, I've never made them before, and didn't really follow any sort of actual recipe, so they weren't perfect, but they were tasty and sweet and exactly what I was after, so I'm calling them a success *laughs*

As there was no actual recipe, and because I forgot to take in-progress pictures, this post will be a slapdash "I sort of did this..." kind of affair ;) But look, they came out good!

I had a partially used bag of ready made bread mix in the cupboard, so I mixed that up as per bag instructions, adding a small amount of icing sugar (if you're American, I believe it's called confectioner's or powdered sugar). Left it to rise for a bit.

I then rolled/stretched it out flat, coated it in melted butter, caster sugar and cinnamon. No measurements, but it seemed to work ;)

I then rolled, sliced, and placed into a cupcake tin (this should really be a picture of the rolls rising in the tin, but I forgot!):

Actually, before the rolls went into the tin, I filled each space with a little extra melted butter and sugar. In hindsight, this was an excellent plan, the bottoms went really sticky and crunchy and delicious *grins*

I baked them until they looked about done (see, I'm a very unscientific cook!) and turned them onto a plate, upside down so the sticky part was on top. Then I glazed them with vanilla icing glaze to make them extra decadent:

*grins* Very tasty!

The vanilla glaze was made with homemade vanilla extract, which is about the easiest thing in the world to make. You get a miniature bottle of vodka and a vanilla bean, sliced the bean length- and width-wise, pop it in and leave it.

If you hold it up to the light, it looks like this:

See the beans just hanging out, flavouring the vodka...

To make the glaze I just mixed a few drops with some icing/confectioner's/powdered sugar and some water. I'd add more vanilla next time I think.

* "Cinnamon bites and kisses simultaneously" - Vanna Bonta


  1. They look fabulous!

  2. Mmm tasty! I didn't know you could make your own vanilla extract! I might have to try that out sometime!

  3. Mmm yum. I love cinnamon rolls.

  4. i didn't know that's how you can make your own vanilla! i will have to try it. how long before you can use it?

  5. Oh wow, these look SO GOOD! I love cinnamon rolls, it's like eating hugs. Love your homemade vanilla essence. I've been meaning to make some for ages but I'm so lazy, haha!


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