I saw another tempting Genius Recipe over at Food 52 a few weeks ago. On the heels of my lackluster baking/cooking month in February, I decided to get back on the horse, so to speak. During a particularly grey weekend, the sun hiding out in Arizona and the rain pelting our windows with bleak persistence, I got busy actioning these cinnamon buns, which was no small feat. I'm not saying this recipe is labor intensive, but it's no five-minute miracle, either. I had to ask for some good old fashioned quiet time to focus on what I was doing, but the results were worth it.
My entire family loved these, and I ate three of them. As someone who avoids gluten 90% of the time, I think hard about my choices to eat it. I'll usually eat wheat if I'm at someone's home and that person has gone to the trouble of cooking for me, or if I really feel the tummy troubles are worth it.
Oreos, for example, are not worth it.
These cinnamon rolls? They were worth it.
My kids and husband ate them for breakfast over the next few days, and though they weren't as good as fresh-from-the-oven, they held up well.
The best thing about these little gems is that they look as good as they taste. They're just sort of charming. They're yeast-free (which at first concerned me), so they're more like a cross between a cinnamon roll and a scone, which sounds like you'd miss out on the best of both worlds but works out in that you get the best of both worlds.
Here are a few pics from my own batch:
I'll simply link to the recipe, which is easier than typing it out.
I should note I omitted the cardamom, as that's just the kind of ingredient that would make my kids scrunch up their noses and leave their food untouched, the tiniest crumb of a taste having entered their mouths only to avoid a lecture.
If you make them with cardamom, do tell. I'm curious if the cardamom would be noticeable.
That's it for cinnamon rolls. I make Orange-Scented Olive Oil Sticky Buns each year for Christmas but may change it up this year and make these. The kids seemed to like these rolls better.
I hope everyone is having a lovely week. It's Wednesday already. I have a sick boy with me this week, hanging as my sidekick, which means I'm making ginger ale runs and doing laundry like a madwoman.