Has anyone else noticed the Great Pancake Celebration that seems to be sweeping the blogosphere? It seems everywhere I look, there are posts about pancakes. Gluten-free pancakes. Red velvet pancakes. All different kinds of pancakes everywhere!
I hadn’t even noticed it before I decided to make some pancakes this past weekend. Are we all being influenced by aliens to eat lots of pancakes or something?
After my recent attempt at non-yeasted cinnamon rolls, I had pretty much determined I would just have to bite the bullet and go the traditional route if I wanted perfect cinnamon rolls. Don’t get me wrong – that Cook’s Illustrated recipe was delicious, but the dough was difficult to work with and the end result wasn’t very pretty. So, I had pretty much stopped looking for that kind of recipe and mentally slotted cinnamon rolls as a “major plan ahead” recipe only.
Then, quite by accident, I ran across a Fine Cooking recipe called Fastest Cinnamon Buns. As previously, my hopes immediately rose. Maybe this one would work better! Without delay, I went home and made it that very night.
I’ve been looking for a good belgian waffle recipe for a long time. I mean, almost all of the ones I tried were good but they were never as good as I knew they could be. A perfect waffle is crispy on the outside and tender on the outside, and it’s so easy for them to become cakey or heavy.
Finally, I’ve found an excellent one! Not a light recipe, but definitely an occasional treat. These are awesome served with warmed maple syrup or topped with sliced fresh berries.
This past weekend was a tough one. It seemed that nothing I made would turn out right. I ruined 3 – count ’em, 3! – different recipes. But the very first thing I made was perfect – these whole wheat orange blueberry muffins. Guess I should have quit while I was ahead!
My mother loved cinnamon rolls. She loved all breads and I grew up hearing her rave about this bread or that, but cinnamon rolls were always the creme de la creme. Since my mom didn’t enjoy cooking, we would share giant Cinnabons at the mall, or get the canned refrigerated kind – but wherever they came from, cinnamon rolls were always a special treat.
I think that’s why cinnamon rolls seem to have a special place in my heart as well. That, and of course, because they are so wickedly delicious! But even though I do enjoy cooking and baking, I haven’t made a lot of cinnamon rolls. I have to think so far ahead for yeasted products that I just rarely manage it.
So when I saw this post at the Gastronomy Blog (aren’t the pictures mouth watering?)…. well. I was excited, to say the least. Non-yeasted cinnamon rolls? Just put them together and bake? I’m in!