Saturday, August 27, 2011

An Ode to The Pioneer Woman - Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls





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Today Ree Drummond better known as the Pioneer Woman aired her first TV show on the Food Network. I hope you caught it cause it was pretty cute. I've been a huge fan of her website, particularly her recipes, for quite a while know.

My absolute favorite of her recipes is the sticky bun or cinnamon roll recipe. I've made a ton of different variations of the recipe such as chocolate chip cinnamon rolls, caramel apple cinnamon rolls, cinnamon chip rolls, and even a pumpkin cinnamon rolls. But today's was inspired by my recent trip to So Cupcakes - I made the ultimate in breakfast cinnamon rolls - the Maple Bacon! And let me tell you it was everything I expected and more. I took Ree's original Maple Cinnamon Roll recipe and tweaked it based various maple bacon cupcake and cinnamon roll recipes on the internet - what did people do before Google?!

Before I get to the recipe I need to share my stellar example of parenting. While I was in the middle of making the cinnamon rolls Tira came into the kitchen and asked for an apple. I told her I didn't think we had any but she should check. She looked in the fruit basket and said no we didn't have any apples "but look how about I have this instead" holding up a bag of veggie chips. I promptly said "No you can't have chips for breakfast because their not healthy" as I crumble bits of bacon on to dough that has been doused in sugar, butter and bacon fat. That's a parenting win if I've ever heard of one.

Maple Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:
Rolls:
1 recipe of The Pioneer Woman's Sticky Buns dough (note the recipe I linked to make TWO pans so halve it)
1/2 package of bacon cooked well done, SAVE THE GREASE
2 tablespoons butter melted
1/3 cup sugar
A generous sprinkle of cinnamon

Icing
3/4 - 1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 drops of maple extract
2-3 tablespoons of bacon grease
A splash of left over coffee
A splash of milk

Directions:
Make the dough the night before so it can firm up in the refrigerator over night.
The next morning while the bacon is cooking roll out the dough into a large rectangle. Be sure to use enough flour on your surface or you'll have trouble rolling up the dough.
Once the bacon is cooked mix 2-3 tablespoons of bacon grease with the melted butter, reserve another 2-3 tablespoons of grease for the icing. Add 1/8th of a teaspoon of maple extract to the butter grease mixture, then pour and spread evenly over the rolled out dough. Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon evenly over the dough. Then crumble 2/3rds of the cooked bacon on to the dough.




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Roll up the dough being sure to make a tight roll. Cut and place into a pan cut side down, not too tightly packed.




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Allow the rolls to rise at least 30 minutes but longer if you can wait (we went to the park for 2 hours while they rose.) The picture is post rising! See the bacon pieces!!!




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Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

While the rolls are baking mix all the ingredients for the icing together. Use your judgement - add more milk if it's too thick, more powdered sugar if it's too thin.




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When the rolls are done baking, pour on the icing and topped with the left over bacon. Send Tanya a thank you note.




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These beauties are a perfect blend of sweet and salty and bacon-y goodness.





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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Cupcake Review

Following the tradition I started on Tira's third birthday I took Lanna out for birthday cupcakes. The first two times we went to Mini's Cupcakes out in Sugarhouse. The first time I really enjoyed it but the second time I was disappointed in the fact that the cupcakes were very cold and dry. While we were there I watched as the girl behind the counter pulled a tray of cupcakes out of the freezer and stick them in the display case. That explained the cold and dry part.

For Tira's 4th birthday we drove all the way down to American Fork to Flour Girls & Dough Boys. They were TERRIBLE. Apparently I never blogged about it so I'll plan to do a catch up post but let's just say after a long drive and getting lost it was a huge let down.

So this time around I opted for one of SLC's more well known cupcake confectioners - So Cupcake out on Highland Drive. I have three words for you: Maple Bacon Cupcake. Mmmmmmmm. Let me tell you this place lives up to it's reputation! There was a nice assortment of cupcakes - probably about 8 flavors to choose from in both mini and regular sizes. I was a little disappointed that they didn't have any drinks besides a soda machine (I mean really who wants soda with a cupcake, you need milk, coffee or hot chocolate).

But that all vanished when I took a bite of my maple bacon cupcake, it was fan-freaking-tastic! The frosting was soft, not overly sweet and definitely not overly buttery (which is always my problem with a butter cream). The cake was light and fluffy and not dry. Upon reading their website I found that unlike most places they do not freeze their cupcakes but make them fresh every morning. What's left over in the evenings is donated to hospitals, shelters and nursing homes.

If you're in the Salt Lake area and are craving a cupcake I strongly suggest you take a trip over to So Cupcakes! I could seriously eat a dozen of those Maple Bacon ones!

Why yes my 3 year old is still rear facing. Why? Because she hasn't maxed out the height weight limit and therefore this is the SAFEST position for her to be in:



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Waiting to be helped. When we first got to the store Kevin, one of the owners, was on the phone with CUPCAKE WARS!!!! We were happy to wait for him to finish up his phone call!



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Lanna's blue vanilla frosting and white cake:



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My amazing maple bacon cupcake, please excuse the drool:



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She refused to get her hands dirty and this was how she ate the entire cupcake:



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In this last one I told her to make a pretty face... She takes after her aunty:



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And in case you were worried that my car seat fanaticism hasn't rubbed off on my kids, Lanna insisted her new baby be "safe and buckled"



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Happy Third Birthday Lanna!!!

Today:




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Last year:




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Two years ago:




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Three years ago:




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Wow time sure does fly! I can't believe it's been three years with my beautiful amazing not quite so little any more Lanna Anne. I love you sweet girl.