Cinnamon Rolls can make a grown man cry! With that said make these for the favorite man in your life. You’ll be queen for the day or maybe for the week. This can be a no-brainer if you can make basic biscuit dough. If you’ve never made biscuits before just cut yourself a little slack and practice, practice, practice!
My students love this lab! I’m not such a fan. I’m more of a savory person, but really can go for one of these with a good cup of coffee. So get in the kitchen and whip some of these mouth-watering cinnamon rolls up for someone special.
Last spring GI Joe and I were in Halifax on a very cold, blustery day and walked into a very busy coffee shop Cabin Coffee to be exact. Guess what we found? Cinnamon rolls going like hot cake made with biscuit dough not the usual yeast dough. They were cooked in a huge muffin pan and as soon as they came out of the oven they were flying out the door. I’ve never seen anything like it. So here you go – my Cinnamon Rolls in a Muffin Tin. Yes, this is something else that you can enjoy with your family in this coming week of frigid temperatures.
I’m so glad that I tried this recipe at home before making it for 130 students. So many things can go wrong even with the simplest of dishes . After taking a closer look at this I discovered that one of the pepperoni balls has 350 calories. Well, that may be fine and good for my swimmers and football players but for the average person that’s not what I would like to encourage as a snack. With that said I set out to reduce the calories by cutting the serving size to 80 calories. The original recipe called for an entire biscuit. I cut each biscuit into quarters and proceeded with the original recipe. It really came out beautifully, but did not have the pizza punch that I wanted and it was a little time-consuming. So I used a recipe from the dark ages and my students thought it was genius. I couldn’t believe that only two or three had made small pizzas using biscuit dough. They all said , “Why would we make them when we can just buy frozen pizza pockets at the grocery store? ” Now they can create their own pizza appetizers and control the ingredients.
Don’t hate me for this recipe that you are going to love! It’s fantastic, easy, but not healthy. Invite at least 18 of your friends over when you decide to make it that way everyone gets two and you have no guilt. Or just have them as a main dish with a big salad. Anyway, you’ll have to balance out the calories some way to keep it all away from your hips if you know what I mean.
Here’s how I got the recipe. After Easter, Madison in my fourth period class told me that his mother had made the best biscuits with Rotel tomatoes and that was all it took. I had to have the recipe. It is really good and you can change it up for whatever meat that you might have. I think that Canadian Bacon, ham, sausage, and even chicken would work perfectly.
I am a big fan of Ina Garten. She has the type of personality that makes a person think that they can do just about anything in the kitchen. You know she gives you that, “How easy is that?” Well, this is one of her biscuit recipes and it is easy and absolutely wonderful.
Biscuit making always floods my mind with childhood memories of watching my mother put together a beautiful pan of biscuits. They were perfectly rolled out with her hands into small mounds of fluffy white dough that when baked would just seem to melt in your mouth. When I was about 13 I tried my best to make them the same way, but mine were anything but fluffy. You could best describe them as rock hard!
Being the Southern Girl that I am I have had my fair share of fried chicken, deviled eggs, buttermilk biscuits, red-eyed gravy and pimento cheese! With that said I have just made the best Southern biscuits that I have ever had in my entire life. Yes, that is correct- my entire life! Oh, my gosh you have got to make these. I am telling you that they are so good that you will skip the rest of your meal.
For our second lab of the semester we made these Cheese and Garlic Drop Biscuits. They are so easy and quick to prepare. Plus they are just plain delicious. I am loving my students for this semester. They are all eager to learn how to prepare all kinds of food. I still have to work on a few students that are a little lazy about writing down the steps and the amounts of ingredients, but failure can be a good learning experience.
Before attempting our second lab making biscuits from scratch I spent two days demonstrating . One class period I made these Cheese Garlic Drop Biscuits. They were a hit, but the Cuisinart food processor was a bigger hit. Many of them had never seen one used and they were fasinated by it. I love my Cuisinart that I have had for at least 25 years. I have only had to replace the bowl top for $20 otherwise it has been worth the money. I talked quite a bit about shopping for food processors. By the way, buy one that will last. If you get a really good one it will probably outlast you. The cheaper brands have a smaller motor and will eventually burn up and have to be replaced. Here is a list to think about when purchasing one. Continue reading
I personally think that every good cook should be able to put good homemade biscuits on the table. Now that I have said that let me say this. I don’t think that biscuits are very healthy. In fact they’re not very healthy at all, but man they are good! Every so often you just have to have one or maybe two. Last winter I made these buttermilk biscuits that were divine and in the fall I made these that are my old standby. Well, I took my old standby and changed it up a bit. These little bites of buttery goodness are easy to put together and good enough to serve at a dinner party. Don’t confuse them with the butter muffins made with butter and sour cream.
Today was our last lab for quick breads and the students ended the unit with a bang! All the biscuits that were made today were so good! Biscuits are not the easiest bread to make especially for beginners. At first you are not quite sure how the dough should feel and how much to knead it. And then there is always the question of how much flour to add to the dough to keep it from sticking to your hands. I was very impressed when I talked with each group about what they learned. Here are some of their comments
- These are so easy to make.
- They are better than the drop biscuits that we made from Bisquick.
- We have all the ingredients at home.
- Why would anyone buy those refrigerated things when you can make these?
- You can make these really small , eat two and fool yourself into thinking you are eating more.
- I had no idea that I could bake biscuits that tasted so good.
- We can save money baking biscuits from scratch.
- I want to make these for my mom.
So my mission for this unit is accomplished and we are ready to move on.
You will find the recipe for Basic Biscuits here and to make the Cheese Biscuits make the following changes: