I’m Originally from Israel, and as a Jew in Israel, I’ve never felt a ’Christmas’ vibe during this time of year. for us the emphasize is on chanukka, ‘Latkes’ (fried shredded potato) and ‘Sufganiot’ which are basically cake doughnuts traditionally filled with either jam or dulce de leche.
Since we moved to Florida, I got a taste of several holidays but I knew that Christmas was going to be the highlight of all christian holidays.
So now I’m already humming ’Rudolf the red nosed raindeer’ like a pro.
did you notice that other than different kinds of foods there are also distinct holiday smells?
I’m a huge fan of ‘Michael’s’ which is heaven for anyone who likes to “create”. During this time of year, they are filling the store with fake smells of cinnamon and vanilla. Personally I think that those fake smells are hardly appetizing.
A real cinnamon bun is highly appetizing. One can hardly compete with the sweet, buttery smell of a fresh cinabbon.
so why not make some in this holiday season?
1 (7 g) package dry yeast
1 cup whole milk, warmed
1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter spread
1 teaspoon (8 g) salt
1 egg + 1 yolk
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup bread flour
for the cinnamon filling:
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 heaped tbls cinnamon
1/3 cup very soft butter
4 tbls butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-6 tablespoons water
preheat oven to 350°F .
in a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk. Add sugar, butter, eggs, salt and flour and mix well. Knead the dough for 5 min or so. Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 21 inches long by 16 inches wide. It should be approx 1/4 thick. combine the sugar and cinnamon.
line a round pan with parchment. spread the softened butter on the dough then top it with the brown sugar and cinnamon. (leave about 1 inch margin around the edges. Roll the dough and cut to roughly 12 pieces. put the pieces in the pan, leaving some space because the dough will rise before and while in the oven. let rest for about 35 min, until well risen. bake in the oven for 30 min, or until nicely browned.
mix the glaze ingredients and spread over the cooled rolls.
eat and enjoy!