Today, I was just in the mood to make cinnamon rolls. I almost always forget an ingredient when I make them (it just always seems to happen to me), the thought had crossed my mind over and over in the last few days, but I was not spending time in the kitchen as I had (optimistically) intended.
Yesterday, I spent over an hour cleaning my Bunn coffee maker. Our coffee was really slow to percolate (for a Bunn, anyway), and I was finally reaching the point of doing something about it. The process can take some time…adding the vinegar, letting it sit, and then purging the machine with 8-10 pitchers of water – so the directions say.
This morning, when I awoke, I was almost dancing to get to my coffee. Of course, when I opened my Folger’s coffee canister, there were only two scant spoonfuls left. Not really what I wanted to see, but I gave it a shot anyway. I quickly dumped the coffee in the filter, poured in the water, and was waiting…waiting… for that fresh hot coffee. And it was coming.. fast! Almost too fast…oops!
The machine was not turned on. Right. So I tried the process again, and the result was diluted coffee water with coffee grounds. Ahh, I no longer had caffeinated coffee grounds ( that was gone after round one), so I thought I would try out my decaf coffee. And it just wasn’t quite the same. The coffee was too diluted and it wasn’t caffeinated! Blah!
So later as the morning went on, I realized I had to go to the grocery store and get my caffeinated coffee.. That’s when I, finally, realized this would be my opportunity to go ahead and make the cinnamon rolls, I was so excited! I was eager to try this new recipe, 1 Hour Homemade Cinnamon Rolls. A cinnamon roll recipe that only takes one hour to make – start to finish! I like that, a lot!
I was working away…getting my hands covered in dough and flour – and clothes, too. The rolls were just coming out of the oven…and I had this fresh pot of coffee that would pair so nicely with these wonderful Cinnamon Rolls. I was whipping up the frosting, and I decided to throw in some of my freshly brewed coffee (that I was so determined to make today), and then I threw in a splash of maple flavor. It turned out to be a pretty great combination. The smells alone – cinnamon, sugar, coffee, maple – will get you eating more than just one!
Here’s a variation to the recipe, below:
- ½ cup butter, softened
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp maple flavoring
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 3 T whole milk
- 3 T freshly brewed coffee, cooled
- Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, butter and salt into bowl. Slowly mix in the milk, coffee, and maple smooth and desired consistency. Add more milk (or coffee) as needed. Spread frosting onto warm cinnamon rolls and enjoy!