Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

We had friends over for brunch over the weekend and we made these cinnamon rolls.  There are no words to describe how delicious they were – the perfect amount of ooey-gooey-ness that you want in a cinnamon roll.  We followed every step to a tee and I can warn you that these are a lot of work, but well worth the effort, trust me.  We’ll definitely be making these again.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
from Good Eats, Alton Brown

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4 large egg yolks, room temperature
1 large whole egg, room temperature
2 oz sugar, approximately 1/4 C
3 oz unsalted butter, melted, approximately 6 Tbs
6 oz buttermilk, room temperature
20 oz all-purpose flour, approximately 4 C, plus additional for dusting
1 package instant dry yeast, approximately 2 1/4 Tsp
1 1/4 Tsp kosher salt
Vegetable oil or cooking spray

8 oz light brown sugar, approximately 1 C packed
1 Tbs ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
3/4-oz unsalted butter, melted, approximately 1 1/2 Tbs

2 1/2 oz cream cheese, softened, approximately 1/4 C
3 Tbs milk
5 1/2 oz powdered sugar, approximately 1 1/2 C
For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Add approximately 2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and salt; whisk until moistened and combined. Remove the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook. Add all but 3/4 cup of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough, add more flour if necessary; the dough should feel soft and moist but not sticky. Knead on low speed 5 minutes more or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand about 30 seconds. Lightly oil a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, lightly oil the top of the dough, cover and let double in volume, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.
Butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle with the long side nearest you. Roll into an 18 by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the 3/4-ounce of melted butter, leaving 1/2-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch border along the top edge; gently press the filling into the dough. Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Firmly pinch the seam to seal and roll the cylinder seam side down. Very gently squeeze the cylinder to create even thickness. Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinder into 1 1/2-inch rolls; yielding 12 rolls. Arrange rolls cut side down in the baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 16 hours.
Rolling these bad boys was a team effort.

Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy; approximately 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the shallow pan of water from the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
When the oven is ready, place the rolls on the middle rack and bake until golden brown, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, approximately 30 minutes.
While the rolls are cooling slightly, make the icing by whisking the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy. Add the milk and whisk until combined. Sift in the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Spread over the rolls and serve immediately.

Christmas Decor, part 3: Christmas Place Setting

We are hosting Christmas Eve dinner for my parents again this year, so I thought this year I’d go in another direction for the place setting.  I love how it looks…

I found these colorful placemats at Target (similar here) and I thought the silver stripe in them would complement the silver in our china perfectly.  I then continued on the silver theme and got silver candlesticks from Crate and Barrel sitting atop snowflake coasters.  To finish everything off, I used green napkins with silver napkin rings with red bows – all things I already had.  Now we just have to figure out what to serve…

Monday Outfit

Cold, rain, maybe a little snow today, blech.  I’ll be wearing my bright neon purple jeans from J. Crew with my heart elbow patch sweater, collared shirt underneath, Sorel boots to keep my feet dry and warm, and an interesting bangle to add a little excitement as our baby girl and I run errands around town.  Have a great week!

Couple Things

We had a tough week around here – the stomach flu made its way around early in the week and then our Christmas Tree spontaneously toppled over.  We miraculously only lost 1 sentimental ornament and luckily no one was around when it happened (even the cat, phew!) so no one got hurt.

christmas tree down

Look at Christmas Goofy in the middle of the floor, laying on his back, screaming “why??!!”

Looking forward to the weekend!  We’ll be doing some last minute shopping and paying a visit to Santa at the mall.  Have a great weekend, here are some fun links:

I LOVE these Anthropologie getaway outfit ideas, have you seen them?

West Elm spring line sneak peek – I love the heart mugs!

I’m thinking about getting this dress for our upcoming trip to Puerto Rico, I love the colors…

Tomorrow is National Cupcake day – no link, just letting you know so you can eat cupcakes all day tomorrow.  =)

Holiday Cards

We got my sister’s Christmas card last week and I thought it was so cute…posed, perfect kiddo photos on the front and fun photo shoot outttakes on the back, showing their true personalities.  I wanted to copy the idea, but since I make my own cards with stamps and a photo, I wondered how?

Well, easy.  I found a great pic of our girl smiling away, made a word doc with 30 of them on it, and printed the page on full sheet label paper.  Then, just cut out the images, peeled, and stuck on the back of the homemade holiday card.


What to Wear – Christmas Morning

I was really inspired by these adorable gold polka dot pajamas from Target to create a round up of what to wear Christmas morning. Here’s what I’d like to be wearing (and drinking from!):

1. Polka Dot Pajamas from Target, 2. Santa hat, 3.Marc by Marc Jacobs velvet mouse slippers, 4. Christmas by Michael Buble playing as we open gifts, 5. Starbucks coffee mug, and 6. a warm throw from West Elm, $19 on sale (we have the orange one on our couch).

Christmas Decor, part 2: Teeny Tiny Tree

Here’s my second new Christmas decoration, this time it’s a crafty one!

I always seem to focus on our kitchen table centerpiece as something I want to change up every year for Christmas.  Maybe because we never eat at the table (we have an island we sit at for meals) so the centerpiece is always there.  Or maybe because it’s so easily edited with a different candle or a poinsettia.


Well this year, I found this sweet little tree at West Elm and based the table decor around it.


I  started by making a garland for the tree using mini mardi gras beads in Christmas colors that I found Jo-Ann Fabrics for $1.  I just cut the red beads in half and trimmed the tree.

Then I cut each bead apart from the silver and green necklaces.

Then I put the silver and green beads in the bottom of one of those glass holders for a pillar candle.

Finally, I sat the tree on top of the beads, put it on a silver tray I already had with a poinsettia on either side.