I'm not sure if I've shared this with you all before, but my kids fight! Of course when they aren't fighting they are best friends, but when they aren't best friends they are each other's worst enemies. They fight about anything and everything.
"She's looking at me!"
"She wants to be the person I'm being in the show!"
(when they watch a show they pretend to be the characters)
"She won't let my Polly Pocket live beside her Polly Pocket!"
"He's trying to lick my face!"
"She got a bigger piece of cinnamon bun!"
Thankfully you can't hear the whiny voice and/or screaming that goes along with this. I'll trust that I'm not the only one and you know what I'm talking about. Makes a mother want to just take a trip to Mexico by herself. But, because that isn't going to happen, I thought today maybe I could solve the cinnamon bun dilemna.
We make cinnamon buns A LOT. Probably more than any family really should. My kids LOVE them. If they had a choice between candy, chocolate, ice cream or cinnamon buns, the buns would always win. I make em big, and cut them in thirds. Then the fighting starts. If someone didn't get a bigger piece, they got more icing. A mom can't win.
But, today I had an idea.
Why not make cinnamon buns in our teeny tiny cupcake pan? Then they could each have their own. Brilliant!
As you can see by the above photo some of em took on a life of their own and I definitely should have made them even smaller, but we know for next time.
Make These Cinnamon Buns
1 cup warm milk
2 1/2 tsp yeast
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
lots of cinnamon- when you think you've added enough, add some more
butter or margarine to coat
- Dissolve yeast in warm milk and let sit a couple of mins
- Add melted butter (make sure it isn't hot), and add eggs
- Add salt and sugar
- Stir in flour to form dough
- Let rise about one hour
- Split dough in half and roll each half out into a rectangle of about 13 inches by 4 inches.
- Spread butter onto your rectangles of dough and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Remember you can never have too much cinnamon or sugar, so when you think you've sprinkled enough on, sprinkle on some more.
- Roll up and cut each "roll" into 12 buns
- Put them into a 24 piece mini cupcake pan and let rise about another hour
- bake at 400 degrees 12-15 mins. Watch em close and pull them out when they are golden.
Now, mine were not too mini, I think you could probably get 36 easy if you break your dough into three pieces instead of two.
And because no cinnamon bun is complete without the cream cheese icing...
Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 brick of cream cheese
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
tsp of vanilla
Just mix together until smooth!
"She touched my arm and her hand is too hot!!"