Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Rolls To Celebrate Christmas
I do love Christmas, but not in the way you might imagine. I don’t wear blinky Christmas sweaters and shout Christmas carols from the top of my lungs. No, I am nothing like Buddy the Elf. 🙂 I enjoy it in a more subtle way.
I absolutely love buying presents and that is something I will do any time of year. The fragrance of a fresh cut Christmas tree, rainbow lights and loud laughter from family get togethers are what make me look forward to this holiday every year.
When Tay was a baby, I did dread this time for two straight years. It was a struggle for Tay and I financially and I really wanted to see the sparkling smile of a child surrounded by toys and boxes to play in! Even if it did end up being a few small things, I wanted to make her happy more than anything.
I gathered toys all year long when I found a really good sale, and although I didn’t purchase any big ticket items for her, it was things that she would enjoy.
I worried for nothing as we always had more than enough and that was before my parents and siblings spoiled us beyond our wildest expectations! To me, it wasn’t just about the “things”. I wanted to see that girl happy from the inside out.
Cinnamon rolls always remind me of Tay when she was a baby. It was all I craved while I was pregnant with her! Well, that and ketchup. Ketchup went on everything savory and if I wasn’t in the mood for savory, we really wanted a cinnamon roll. 🙂
She likes them now, but in small amounts. She and I both do well when we share one but as I write this letter to you, I am eating one by myself. I suppose self control can take a break just this once. 😉 One moment while I grab another one…
Ok, I’m back!
Where was I? Oh yes! Craving cinnamon rolls. That craving never really went away for me. I rarely make them, but Christmas is a reason to celebrate.
I am grateful for the days that we had just enough and I am also grateful for the days that we had more than enough. I used to think grown ups were off their rockers when they would say things like, “Oh, I don’t want anything for Christmas. Being with my family is the best gift ever!”
When I was little and I heard things like that I would back slowly towards the door and run down the street screaming for help from that loony.
Now I am that very same loony. I don’t care about presents or no presents. I’m sure there will be enough of those, but seeing my family is exactly what I want.
More than anything I want to laugh with my other half, my siblings and eat my mom’s homemade rolls. I want the kids to ask me “what does that mean” when my siblings and I refer to inside jokes.
There is one more thing I want. I want to find little notes on my daily schedule, to do list and recipes in tay’s handwriting that say “thank you for everything” and “I appreciate all that you do”. Things like that simply cannot be bought. I’ve checked. 🙂
I hope that you enjoy this coming holiday with someone special to you. Be it loud and jolly like my family or more quiet, take time to enjoy it. Maybe whip up a batch of cinnamon rolls?
This month’s Twelve Loaves theme was Christmas bread. This is my interpretation. If I could serve you up one of these warm cinnamon rolls, I would. You could have your choice from our coffee selection and tea selection. We could chat about what you like or just enjoy our rolls in peace and quiet. (Whatever that is.)
- Cinnamon Pull-Apart Coffee Cake by Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Dionne at Try Anything Once Culinary
- Cranberry Orange Scones by Renee at Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Crunchy Almond Holiday Bread by Paula at Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Holiday Breakfast Wreath by Lora at Cake Duchess
- Mini Toffee Banana Bread with Caramel Sauce by Holly at A Baker’s House
- Nut Brittle Topped Holiday Bread by Deepti at Baking Yummies
- Pandoro by Karen at Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Stollen by Renee at Magnolia Days
#TwelveLoaves-Holiday Breads. November was a delightful month of spice breads. December #TwelveLoaves is here and we are celebrating Holidays! Share your December Holiday Bread (yeast or quick bread). Let’s get baking!
If you’d like to add your bread to the collection with the Linky Tool this month, here’s what you need to do!
1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this December, 2013, and posted on your blog by December 31, 2013.
#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by my friend Lora from Cake Duchess. #TwelveLoaves runs so smoothly thanks to the help of the lovely Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notesand Renee from Magnolia Days.
- For the rolls:
- 3¼ cup unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. Alaea Hawaiian sea salt
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 2½ tsp. (1 packet) active dry yeast
- 1 cup of milk at room temperature
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- For the filling:
- 1 stick of melted butter
- 2 tbsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. cardamom, optional
- 2 cups of fresh cranberries
- 1½ cups of diced and peeled apples
- 2 cups brown sugar
- For the frosting:
- 4 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
- 2 tbsp butter also at room temp
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- ¼ tsp. lemon juice
- Combine milk and yeast, stirring just enough to get the yeast wet and let it sit for about ten minutes. Add salt and stir, letting it rest for about ten minutes more.
- Add flour, sugar and butter to your bread machine then add the yeast mixture. Mix ingredients until you have a very slightly wet dough. It will feel tacky after you knead it for awhile by hand, mixer or bread machine.
- If you are using your bread machine, be sure that it is on the dough setting. If you are kneading by hand or using a stand mixer, knead for ten minutes. After ten minutes, dough should be slightly tacky and smooth. Lightly oil your bowl and let the dough rise until doubled in size for about 3 hours.
- Divide the dough into two equal parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one dough section into a rectangle. Brush ½ melted stick of unsalted butter onto the rolled dough and spread 1 cup of the brown sugar and sprinkle 1 tbsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. of cardamom.
- Roll dough lengthwise and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one hour. Repeat rolling process with the second half of dough.
- Remove first roll from the refrigerator and cut into equal pieces, placing into a greased pan, I use two 9 inch round pans for this recipe. Repeat with the second roll.
- Place a pan of hot water in the bottom rack of your oven with your oven turned off to keep the inside of your oven warm enough to rise your dough, but not hot enough to bake it. Place your cinnamon rolls into your oven for about an hour or until rolls are nearly doubled in size. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes if you want a soft roll, rotating the pans every ten minutes. Rolls will be slightly golden brown on the top. The number of rolls will vary depending on how thick you cut them.
- Combine powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and lemon juice until it reaches the consistency of a thick but spreadable frosting . Allow rolls to cool, spread on frosting while still warm.