If I were to give it a title, I am not sure what I would call it. When people are up late into the evening, it is often called the “witching hour.”
This is completely opposite.
I am up early. As usual. It’s my favorite time of day. My sweet girls are still nestled snugly in their beds. Dear hubby has yet to awaken (amazing since I hit the snooze button approximately 4 times…) I am accompanied only by my coffee, the last of yesterday’s homemade cinnamon rolls, and the solitude.
It’s Monday and my calendar is full, this week especially. Still praying for some really big things to happen. Waiting can be a restless time. Yet in this precious morning hour, it is easy to forget the pressures and the constraints of life. They are easily erased by a painted morning sunrise.
Coffee helps. And so do homemade cinnamon rolls.
Here is my favorite recipe. It’s easy, quick (no-rise!), and entirely superb.
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 T. white sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
¼ c. butter, chilled
2 T. butter, softened
1 c. cold milk
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 T. white sugar
½ c. confectioner’s sugar
3 T. milk
1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in ¼ c. butter or margarine until crumbly. Make a well in center, and pour in milk. Stir to form a soft dough, adding a bit more milk if needed.
3. Turn dough out on lightly floured surface. Knead 8 to 10 times. Roll into rectangle about 1/3 inch thick and 12 inches long. Spread softened butter over dough. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over dough rectangle. Roll up as for jelly roll. Mark first, then cut into 12 slices. Place cut side down in muffin pan.
4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes. Turn out on a tray.
5. To confectioner’s sugar, add enough milk or water to make a thin glaze. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls.
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