Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Cinnamon rolls.

I'm obsessed with cinnamon rolls at the moment. A friend of mine – from Doncaster but currently living in New York – recently mocked me for bringing them to a picnic, telling me I really need to be living in the States. Tell me about it. I'd love to. For a bit, anyway. (I am a complete yankophile, in case you hadn't realised.) They are in fact Swedish in origin, I should've told him. The Swedes even have an annual Cinnamon Roll Day. October 4th. I'm in.

They're basically rolled up leavened pastry, sweetened and spiced with plenty of sugar and cinnamon and then topped with either a plain drizzle of icing or a thick cream cheese smear. Or you can bake them upside down in a sugary pecan caramel. I love the idea of making a big disposable tray of them and then just wrapping it up and delivering the whole thing.

I'm holding off on making these at home, because I know I'd end up eating most of them. But the next time I have something to bake for, I'm making this recipe, as tried and tested by the Cotton Wife.

In the meantime, you can buy individual cinnamon rolls for 80p in Sainsbury's. Good to know for times of desperation. Like now. Bye!

[I literally can't see the word cinnamon with hearing Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young in my head. Here he is playing it at Hyde Park last year. I was at this gig; watch to the end to see him ABSOLUTELY ROCK IT DOWN TO THE GROUND. I've seen Neil play a few times now and every single time I wander in feeling pretty chilled out and leave feeling completely ROCKED OUT.]

Picture with thanks to Irina.

14 comments:

  1. I could die for one right now! I baked them for Easter and they disappeared in minutes. Scandinavian Kitchen makes good ones but the absolute winners are at Nordic Bakery and the size of baby's head.

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  2. Yummalina you naughty girl putting ideas in my head and living opposite Sainsburys...grr!!!

    Salty and sweet next week? xx

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  3. Oh delish, I love them too and I agree with Sneaky Magpie - Nordic Bakery is my cinnamon roll Mecca. But there's also now a Cinnabon around Leicester Sq somewhere or other - i tried one of their rolls a few years ago in Canada and they are SO SWEET (it's the icing), but kind of a big deal in the world of cinnamon rolls so maybe worth a try. Especially (in fact, only) if you like frosting.

    (Those Hither and Thither ones look so yummy too....)

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  4. Yummm That sounds so good right now!!! ( I love homemade ones!) just not at my home .... I not that great at cooking ; )

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  5. I take it that you are aware that there are now Cinnabon outlets in London (or at least there were last time I looked a couple of months ago).

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  6. Hi there - do you want to go on a press trip to John Smedley (in Derbyshire) tomorrow? I'm going and the PR just called someone's dropped out. Thought you might like? Send me a message

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  7. Bake some and come and bring them to my new house

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  8. Oh you made me have a craving now. Those look so, so good! And I'd think they'd be a crowd pleaser at any picnic:)

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  9. a) my daughter made me cinnamon rolls from scratch this last Mother's Day
    b) I had my first love to the strains of Neil Young's Cowgirl in the Sand
    c) therefore: I loved this post

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  10. I wish you hadn't told me that. I have a 24 hour Sainsbury's down the road ;)

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  11. Ps Looking at these has made me think of picnics which I planning to try and do more of in London this summer. Has anyone got any ideas for ideal picnic things esp vegetarian?

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  12. Oh, I love cinnammon rolls. Over the years I've developed my personal favourite recipe. Fresh from the oven... Yum!

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  13. Oh! they look amazing! I've never had one but I love things like that. I try and steer clear of biscuit and cake shops/isles/whatever as I can eat tons. I can polish off a packet of Borders plain chocolate ginger biscuits in one sitting... And Neil rocks! xx

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  14. love 'em- especially from the Nordic Bakery- though much more spensive than Sainsbury's!

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