Saturday, December 24, 2011
So good you want to smack your momma
I love Pioneer Woman. She's my idol. She's always so darn pretty, makes great food for her large family, and has a great sense of humor. Everything I have made of hers I have always loved, (with the exception of her mac and cheese, ok it was good, but I like my stand by recipe better). Anyways, since I disovered her blog and purchased her cookbook, I have salivated over her Cinnamon Buns. I freaking love Cinnamon Buns, and I have been sad since Cinnabun has disappeared from Hampton Roads. Side story, once Dave and I drove from Ferrum College to Greensboro, NC to eat at a Cinnabun. No joke.
Anyways, I had never tried them before because the whole letting the dough rise scares me. However, this year Pioneer Woman had a Christmas Special on the Food Network, in which she made them, and Dave begged me to attempt them. I was still scared, but then I saw a college friend of mine, and bridesmaid in our wedding, had seen the same show, made them, and had success, so I braved up.
It wasn't that bad, you don't even need a mixer. I threw everything in my large le cresut dutch oven (channeling my inner Pioneer Woman), added the yeast and then prayed. It has to sit for an hour, and I was stressed the dough wouldn't rise. I about did cartwheels when I went to check on it and it was huge! After that, it gets really messy....you add a few more things to the dough, and then its time to roll them out and start baking. I had to add more flour to my dough so I could get it to roll and not be so sticky (this happened to my bridesmaid too, and I find I have to do the same thing with her pizza dough recipe) If you attempt this, just add more flour until you can get the dough manageable. My kitchen was a freaking mess, and you have to flour the surface of your counters really well. Dave was upstairs cleaning the playroom and freaking out on the kids for making it a mess, and then came downstairs to see me creating a snowstorm with flour in the kitchen. Poor guy.
Anyways, into the oven they went, and oh my goodness....they are yummy! I froze a pan for Christmas morning. I will make these again, but I really want to know how she managed to make these on TV and not look a mess. Maybe I just need a huge kitchen like her =).
Check out the receipe from her: Yummy
I am also super excited to see she has a new cookbook coming out in March!