My way of meditation – cinnamon rolls

Different people have different ways to relax and calm down themselves. You can count to 10(000) or do some origami or knitting. Or You can make some cinnamon rolls. That way You don’t only calm your spirit, but also comfort your body (and other bodies as well).

So I did today.  Using a grat recipe (see below)I managed to do 2 batches of cinammon rolls and a small sweet foccacia-looking cake/flat bread.

Cause I didn’t have any raisins I stuffed my rolls with  dried aprictots and cranberries (one batch) and dried plums (second batch), sprinkled with cinnamon.

Here’s the recipe for Parry Rolls form the Two Peas Their Pod blog (check the blog to find out cool way to slice the rolled dough)

2 packages of yeast, dissolved in 1 cup lukewarm water
6 tablespoon of shortening (I used butter)
1 cup sugar ( I used brown)
7 cups flour or more as needed (it will take more, I ensure You!)
2 cups hot water
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt

Softened butter
Brown sugar
Raisins (look my notes above)

Add yeast to cup of lukewarm water and sprinkle in a little sugar. Set aside for about five minutes.
Add shortening, sugar, and salt to hot water and cool to lukewarm. Stir in 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast and mix again until smooth.
Add in beaten eggs.
roll3Stir in remainder of flour, a little at a time until no more can be mixed in. Remove the mixer attachment and knead by hand, adding flour until dough does not stick to the bowl. Remove from bowl and knead until dough feels satiny and looks smooth.
Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Lightly knead and roll out into rectangular shape. Spread with softened butter. Sprinkle on brown sugar, raisins, and cinnamon. (make sure you use LOTS of brown sugar…you can omit the raisins, but my family loves them, and sprinkle on loads of cinnamon. we never measure but be very generous.)
Roll into one long roll. To cut use a piece of string or floss.
Place on well greased pans and let rise until double in bulk. Bake at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 180 degrees and bake until brown-only about 5-7 more minutes.
After cooled frost!


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