A craving…

let’s not kid ourselves…I get a lot of them but I usually push them out of my head and pretend like I was craving carrots instead…
If those words come into my head I am pretty much a goner!
Anything made with bread dough is intimidating to me…but I decided to put my big girl panties on and make them!
 I even brushed the dust off my brand new bread maker that I’ve used ONCE!
Jeff got it for me forever ago and I never use it cause I have a kitchen aid…
and frankly the only time I used it…I got a big nasty brick of crumbled bread…
 When I put the ingredients in for the dough I was stressin’…it mixed the dough for literally 30 minutes.
I figured it would be a bust and I would have to quench my craving some other day…UNTIL I opened up the bread making and felt the most heavenly dough between my fingers!!
 There were a few things I probably didn’t do quite right…but man they were delicious! 
{recipe from allrecipes.com}
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons milk


  1. In the pan of your bread machine, combine water, melted butter, vanilla pudding, warm milk, egg, 1 tablespoon sugar, salt, bread flour and yeast. Set machine to Dough cycle; press Start.
  2. When Dough cycle has finished, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 17×10 inch rectangle. Spread with softened butter. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over dough.
  3. Roll up dough, beginning with long side. Slice into 16 one inch slices and place in 9×13 buttered pan. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. While rolls bake, stir together cream cheese, softened butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and milk. Remove rolls from oven and top with frosting.

 I rolled the dough out too thin but I actually liked all the layers!!
 I used the frosting recipe and…didn’t like it…so I scraped it off and made my own.
 I just threw some powdered sugar, vanilla, butter and milk together.
After eating my…ummm 2nd or 3rd I started feeling REALLY guilty…
so I gave the rest away today!
Everyone wins when there’s cinnamon rolls involved…
AS long as the gym is involved afterwards!
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