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4.29.2013

Josh's Famous Cinnamon Rolls + A Call for Reader Recipe Faves!

 Ohhhh baby, today is a particularly great day.
Not only is it 70 degrees and sunny out, but it's also the day that I get to share Josh's famous Cinnamon Roll recipe with all of YOU!!!

First a little background. If you follow us on Instagram then you might have seen our littlest chick hanging out with Zoey a lot lately, her new BFF. Seriously, these girls are inseparable. They could play for days and never get tired of each other. I think this has to do with the fact that they're both super independent, carefree and equally as obsessed with clothes, makeup and playing make believe. ha!

Anywho, Josh and Jamie are Zoe's parents, and through attending events together and play dates, our families have become really great friends!

Something that immediately bonded our little families together, was the fact that Cason and Josh BOTH loved being in the kitchen. Jamie, the kids and I are definitely spoiled because when we spend time with each other, it's a serious eating fest.

This past Saturday our two families got together for a combined garage sale, and Jamie talked Josh into selling his famous cinnamon rolls, right along with all the other garage sale goodies. The proceeds for the garage sale went to help raise money for Jamie and Josh's upcoming adoption.

I kid you not, his cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting were AWESOME and they sold like crazy!
It was hard for me to catch each little step through pictures, because Jamie and I were busy wrangling the crowd outside, but I managed to snag a few photos of Josh in action.
Because I missed a few steps during the process I wanted to try out the recipe for myself, so my Mom and I got together after Sunday dinner to whip up a batch of our own. The recipe is fail proof, but I thought I'd add in a few little tips and tricks that I learned along the way.

1. If possible, use the Lehi Roller Mill Unbleached Turkey Brand Flour from Costco.
I don't know why, but it DOES make a difference. We used regular ol' flour and the cinnamon rolls STILL turned out really awesome, but they just seemed to have a heavier, bread-ier texture, compared to Josh's, that were light and cake-y.

 2. After you've mixed your dough and set it in a bowl to rise, keep it in a warm place and cover it with a tea towel or partially closed lid. You DO NOT want to close your bowls lid completely, the dough needs a bit of air, you're really just keeping a little something over it so that the dough doesn't get dried out and form a crust on the top.

3. When mixing the brown sugar and cinnamon for your filling, sift it together if you have any hard pieces. We don't use a lot of brown sugar in our house (unless we're baking) so sometimes it can get a bit hard, even with a piece of bread in the jar to help keep it fresh. I think a lot of this has to do with where we live, but sifting the brown sugar helps to break up any rough bits.

4. If you remember from above, Josh had a very sharp serrated knife that he was using to cut his cinnamon roll loaf, and that works great! But if you don't have a really sharp knife on hand, I recommend dental floss. Yup, you read that right... flavorless dental floss! You just slide a piece underneath your loaf, bring the sides up, cross them and you're done!

This is a trick my Mom taught me, so I thought I'd let her share it with all of you as well!

5. Make more frosting. I had to skimp on the second batch and my family was a little disappointed.
I would just make DOUBLE what the recipe calls for, and if you have some left over then just pop it in the freezer. It keeps really nicely and when you need some awesome homemade cream cheese frosting for cupcakes or whatnot, it's ready to go!
PS: This simple, quick frosting recipe is THE BEST I've had in a long time. I think it's the tiny bit of salt that makes the difference. It just cuts out some of the overwhelming sweetness that frosting can sometimes have.

Aaaand here's me trying to do a photoshoot with a fresh cinnamon roll, before it was snatched up by my guy.
Yes. They are THAT good.

I have to be honest and say that my Mom expressed her interest in wanting to share a favorite recipe or two of her own on our blog, and this got us thinking...
What recipe(s) do you have in YOUR arsenal that you feel are better than EVERYONE else's?

Not just a recipe that you like, or is "pretty good"... but something you feel knocks peoples socks off! Maybe a dish that's been handed down in your family, something you've invented or maybe even just a recipe that you feel completely trumps all the others when it comes to that specific item.
(ex: chocolate chip cookies, pie, bread, chicken enchiladas, etc...)

I would have to say that our Buttermilk Banana Bread is definitely mine. Yummmmmy!

Just like Josh and my Mom, a lot of our readers don't have the time, energy or blogs to share their favorite recipes with others, but would love to, so Cason and I were talking about how much fun it would be to try out a new reader recipe favorite every once in awhile, and blog about it!
Sort of like a guest post, but we'll do all the work!
 Cason will do the cooking/baking of course, because well, he's just way better at that and loves it... and I will do all the photographing. We think it could be really fun!

If you'd like to enter YOUR all-time favorite recipe for us to try out and share, simply send these few things to: ReaderRecipeFaves@gmail.com

Your Recipe - With preferred title name and detailed ingredients and instructions.
Your Contact info - name, location and best email address to reach you.

We can't wait to see what yummy, awesome recipes everyone has hiding in their cupboards!

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24 comments:

  1. Those rolls look amazing as does the banana bread. Love the dental floss tip. TFS.

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  2. Eeeeeeeeeeeep! Can't wait to see all these amazing recipes! Great idea!

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  3. Looks like a great time and great cinnamon rolls! Who doesn't like cinnamon rolls - really... Now, you've got me thinking. Hmmm... What recipe do I want to send you???

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  4. These look delicious, I will definitely be trying them out!

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  5. The cinnamon rolls look delicious! What a great idea for reader recipes. Good luck to Josh and Jamie on their adoption.

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  6. Oh my! Those look amazing...The best Cinnamon rolls I make are Rhodes. Seriously...But, that's probably a good thing because I can't stop eating cinnamon rolls. Knowing how to make them could be detrimental to my health...

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  7. Thank you!!! I was hoping you would post the recipe!!!

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  8. Yum...gonna have to make some of these! Please tell Josh thank you for sharing his recipe with us! =)

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  9. Those look AMAZING! I am drooling over here. Your mom is an amazing cook--post any and all of her recipes!

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  10. The cinnamon rolls look awesome, and *you* look a.maz.ing!!! Did you eat one? :)

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  11. Those look delicious!!! I have definitely got to try these out. Good luck on their adoption :)

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  12. These rolls look amazing. I'm definitely going to try them. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Can you make these ahead of time and freeze them? If so, how long should they defrost for before baking?

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  14. These look sooooo good! We bake cinnamon buns for the kids every Sunday morning, and now you've inspired me to make some from scratch!

    Thank you!
    Rachel

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  15. I am thinking that Josh's kitchen looks so cute we need a tour! :) Love the pendant lights and window treatments.

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  16. I am going to need some of those cinnamon rolls asap. YUM. My favorite thing in the world! We always used floss to cut the dough. I might have to submit a recipe... Awesome idea!

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  17. dental floss?! That's the coolest thing ever. thank you, thank you. i'm amazed. and easily amused, obviously! :)

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  18. Shelley, are you going to post about your friends adoption fund raising ? Is there a way to donate ? Would love to give them some help too.

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  19. Just made these and they were delicious! We only needed one batch of frosting though. That was plenty for us. Another tip that I learned that makes clean up so much easier is to spray your counter with cooking spray instead of spreading flour on it. The dough doesn't stick and then you don't have an annoying flour mess to clean up :)

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  20. These cinnamon rolls rock!! Soooo delicious! thanks for sharing

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  21. Did I miss how many a batch of these makes? Thanks!

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  22. Arg. My milk was too hot and killed my yeast (or so I think). The dough was tasty but never rose. I will have to give it one more shot!

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