Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Brioche Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing


Brioche cinnamon rolls... made with love. And lots of butter. But mostly love. It's the most important ingredient.

I come from a family of doers, not emoters. That's how we show our love for one another. We aren't the most demonstrative family, although we are affectionate in our own way. It's just that we express affection in the form of some act.

I know my dad loves me dearly because he's done so much for me over the years. He built Eric and I our first home, a project we took to referring to as Habitat for Lucas since Dad did all the work gratis. It was supposed to be a modest starter home but his daughter decided she had to have hardwood floors, nine foot ceilings, and crown molding throughout. Oh, and upgraded cabinets and appliances, along with maple butcher block counters. Not that our budget allowed for any of this but Dad made it happen. He laid the hardwood floors and installed the crown molding, kitchen cabinets, and countertops himself to save us money so I could have what I wanted. The house turned out beautifully and we happily lived there for six years before I got the itch to move on.
Despite his misgivings about us leaving the home he built for us to move three states away from our family and friends, Dad drove a 26 foot moving truck packed with our belongings all the way from Florida to Texas. He even let Harry ride along with him in the big truck and my father is not an animal person.

Now he and Mom travel to Austin at least yearly to check in on us and help with any projects that need taking care of. He always comes armed with a tool belt and saw or two to tackle my to-do list.

Last week he and Mom came in town to help us take care of a baby project. Our second bedroom, soon to be the baby's room, had a loft opening that overlooked the first floor so we closed it in in order to not have to tip toe around downstairs every time we put Ruby down to sleep.

That's me and Mom headed out for an afternoon of shopping. While Eric was taking pics of us, he managed to snap this off-the-cuff photo of Dad. He's finally seated, quietly resting up from a busy morning. After all the work to close in the loft opening the day before, he had just finished steam cleaning our couch and dining room chairs. Most parents vow they will do anything for their children but my dad actually does it.

With all that my dad does for me, the least I could do I was make these cinnamon rolls for him. Dad can never pass by a Cinnabon without stopping in so I thought I'd make him a homemade version of his favorite treat. The dough for these rolls is Joanne Chang's basic brioche recipe from Flour. To make them, mix up the basic brioche recipe and divide the dough and freeze one half, then roll the other half out into a rectangle approximately 16 x 12 inches and about a quarter of an inch thick. Slather the rolled out dough with half a stick of melted butter and sprinkle on a mixture of 3/4 cup of dark brown (golden works too) sugar and 3 tablespoons of cinnamon. Roll the dough up lengthwise like a log and gently press along the seam to seal the roll. Cut the roll into approximately 1 1/2 inch wide slices and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Set the baking sheet with the rolls aside to proof for approximately two hours in a warm spot or overnight in the refrigerator. The rolls should puff up and look pillowy when ready. Bake the rolls on the center rack of an oven pre-heated to 350º Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until golden brown. You can check to ensure the dough is fully baked by inserting a toothpick in an inside ring of a roll. It should be clean and dry when removed. Remove to a rack and allow to cool completely before topping with cream cheese icing. As an optional step, I sprinkled a little extra cinnamon sugar on top of the iced rolls.




11 comments:

  1. Ohhh those rolls look like heaven! What wonderful parents you have. They are so invested in you and Eric and Ruby. Ruby will be adorned by her grandparent for sure. Oh btw cutest little house ever.

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  2. You look adorable pregnant, Shelly!

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  3. First, house....LOVE IT! Secondly, what a lovely family. I married into a family like that (not being at all accustomed to being so graciously 'done for'). My husbands 83 year old parents drove from Pittsburgh to attend our wedding, then stayed a week, alone, with our animals. Pops had one day to be taught how to milk goats, and he did it promptly every evening, even in the rain.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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  4. Ah the things parents could do for us! And also grandparents! My grandfather was much like your father. He built everything for us and my grandmother sews everything for us. You end up with great memories and lots of thoughtful handmade things that are so priceless. Hope you have fun with decorating the room! I still need to email you about the baby project :) I have not forgotten, I have been on the road a lot for work. Hoping to settle down a bit after this weekend.

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  5. What a great Dad! Your first house is so pretty (as is your current house), and I bet Ruby's room will be perfect for her. These cinnamon rolls are a delicious reward for the hard work around the house. The extra cinnamon sugar on top looks great too.

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  6. Your parents look so sweet! How lovely that they came out to fix up Ruby's room (I love her name so much!) and I'm sure your dad was thrilled with these treats. Parents are self-less creatures and soon you'll belong to that club. So excited for you :)

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  7. Aw, what a great story, Shelley! Your father does terrific work - that house looks like a storybook house - it looks perfect! I am sure you are having a lovely visit with them and they must be ecstatic that you are pregnant. :) Your cinnamon rolls look wonderful.

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  8. Oh Shelly, such a nice post about your parents...enjoyed very much!
    I got Flour, and yet have to try the recipes...even happier to see these beautiful cinnamon rolls with the brioche recipe...they sure look great!
    You look very pretty...and enjoy every moment you have with your parents :)

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  9. What a sweet story, and congratulations!!!!

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  10. congrats Shelley! you look fantastic... great story as well... good luck and brioches look gorgeous.. ı wish I could have one right nowwww!!!!

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  11. Your story is the sweetest thing I have read about a Dad. My father wasn't like this at all and I just love reading other's people's experiences with a father because I consider my husband pretty amazing. You are one lucky girl and it is obvious that you love and appreciate him greatly. But, those cinnammon rolls! They are so ...well perfect!

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