Today’s Post is from Kristie
The ability to make yeast breads from scratch is a skill that I learned directly from my mother. I’ve often been thankful that she took the time to teach this art to her daughters.
And now, I have daughters of my own. At the ages of five and three, they love to help in the kitchen! And while it is sometimes more work for Mommy, there are so many great skills and lessons that are passed on while baking together.
Making cinnamon rolls involves a wide variety of cooking skills: stirring, kneading, using a rolling pin, and frosting. It is also an exercise in patience, as you must wait for the dough to rise. And as always, cooking is good practice for counting and measuring.
Even at their young ages, my daughters were able to help with nearly every step of the cinnamon-roll-making-process. We made a bit of a mess, but we had a lot of fun along the way!
Here’s the recipe that we used:
Combine 2 ½ cups flour, ½ cup sugar, 2 teaspoons salt,
2 packages yeast and ½ cup of melted butter. Mix well.
Then pour in 2 cups of hot tap water. Add 1 egg and beat for two minutes.
Add 3 additional cups of flour (in ½ cup increments) and stir well.
Knead in another 1 cup of flour
(or enough flour that the dough is easy to work with and not sticky.)
Place in a greased bowl and let the dough rise for 1 ½ hours.
Punch the dough down, and then let it rest for 15 minutes more.
Roll the dough out into a rectangular shape.
Cover with melted butter (about ½ a stick) and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Roll up the dough.
Cut the dough every one inch.
(This was Mommy’s job! I find it works easiest to use a steak knife.)
Place in a greased pan.
Let the cinnamon rolls rise until doubled
(approximately 40 minutes.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Now it’s time for frosting!
2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
½ cup milk, and 2-3 cups powdered sugar
Continue mixing until the frosting is lump-free.
Add more powdered sugar as needed, until the frosting reaches the desired thickness.
Spread the frosting across the warm cinnamon rolls.
Now, it’s time to enjoy!
My daughters love to sample our finished project and were excited to share them with Daddy when he arrived home!
As you can see, it’s never too early to start baking with your daughters. I love knowing that I am passing this skill onto the next generation. Even more, I love the conversations that we have while working together!
Kristie has been married to her fantastic husband for nearly 9 years. Together, they have two delightfully energetic daughters. She is a full-time SAHM and a part-time children’s minister in Minnesota. Kristie records her thoughts on her blog, A Mom By Any Other Name and can be found on Twitter as @mnmommy.
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