I am THRILLED to be here at Nifty Thrifty Things today! Vanessa is just wonderful and I am happy that I can be here guest posting today. I just adore her and her blog! She is beyond talented and am honored for the opportunity to share a little part of me here on her space.
My name is Nikki and I am the blogger behind Chef in Training. I am a die hard foodie! I am married to the man of my dreams and have a beautiful little girl with a sassy attitude, and a handsome little boy who’s smile can brighten anyone’s day! Sometimes, being a stay-at-home mom can make for pretty long days, so to spice up my days at home, I have started to cook and bake. Like most moms, wives, and people out there, I am a “Chef in Training”, teaching myself how to cook one recipe at a time. I LOVE being in the Kitchen and have a great love for good food! I have some amazing taste testers and get a thrill out of perfecting and finding new recipes! Being a mom of two, days can get pretty busy. On my blog, you will find easy, fast, delicious and family-friendly recipe to suit anyone's taste and needs. Be sure to come by and say hello! I love to meet new friends!
Filling and frosting from me
2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 packet (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups flour (divided)
1/2 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 scant tsp baking soda
1/2 Tbsp. salt
1/4 - 1/2 cup butter, softened
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
16 oz. powdered sugar
3-6 Tbsp. milk
Mix milk, oil and sugar in a sauce pan. Scald to 150 degrees. Let cool until mixture is lukewarm (about 30-45 minutes). Sprinkle in the yeast and let sit. After the yeast sits and activates, add in 4 cups flour. Stir the mixture together. Cover and let sit for one hour.
Add in 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir or knead mixture together.
Divide the dough in half. Sprinkle surface with flour and roll dough out to form a thin rectangle.
Smear a generous amount of softened butter over surface of rolled out dough. Rub brown sugar over the buttered surface of rolled out dough. You just want a thin even layer. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Fold the dough toward you. Pinch the seam to seal it. Grease a foil cake or pie pan, or do like me and grease a cookie sheet.
Cut rolls 3/4 to 1 inch think and lay on greased pans. If you do the cookie sheet method like me, lay them in 3 rows of 3.
Repeat with the other half of the dough and filling.
Cover rolls and let sit for 30 more minutes.
Bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes for cake or pie pans and 10-15 minutes for cookie sheets.
To make frosting: Cream softened butter and softened cream cheese together. Add vanilla powdered sugar and milk. Add more powdered sugar or milk to get it to your desired consistency. I like my frosting thicker so I add a little more powdered sugar.
Once Cinnamon rolls are cooled, frost and enjoy!
Makes about 3 dozen cinnamon rolls give or take.
Thanks Vanessa for having me today!