Today is a special day, today is my Mum’s Birthday.
Happy Birthday Mummy!
As many ex pats will tell you, one of the hardest things about living on the other side of the world to home is the Mummy missing. You build up your own community, you have your friends who become as close to you as your friends back home. You have the person you go to for advice, the people who cheer you up when you’re homesick, yet no-one can ever quite fill the role of your Mum.
This time last year my Mum turned 60 and me and my brother surprised her with a weekend in New York. In fact, this time last year she didn’t even know that she was going. We surprised her Wednesday night at dinner, and were in the States on Friday! This year, however, I’m on the other side of the world, and not there to celebrate with my Mum. I want to take a moment to wish her a very happy birthday and tell her how much I love her. To tell her I miss going out for breakfast, shopping break scones, pub dinners. I miss cheese, crackers and a glass of wine in front of the telly. I miss Mummy hugs, and the person who sneaks hot water bottles into my bed if I’m home late. Like many Mum’s, she has a look that tells you she’s not happy but won’t say it, and completely unreasonable expectations about how clean the house should be, but we love her, my brother and I, and we wouldn’t change her a bit.
If I were home right now, this is the birthday treat I’d be making.
My Mum loves Cinnamon rolls, they’re one of her favourites. Whenever we go away for holidays,or weekends away, we both take guilty pleasure in loading up at the hotel breakfast buffet, finishing off with the whole selection of pastries. She would defiantly enjoy tucking into one of these, sticky, sweet, spiced buns.
It’s not long since I’ve given you a cinnamon roll recipe. This is another recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I’ve added in ground ginger, mixed spice and dried fruits to her simple, one rise, rolls . The last recipe i used were pumpkin and maple cinnamon rolls, perfect for autumn. These are full of Christmas flavours. A cinnamon roll for every season. Well, why not?!
Festive Cinnamon Rolls
(adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction)
For the Rolls
345g plain flour
36g white caster sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 7g sachet of dried instant yeast
40g unsalted butter
1 large egg
For the filling
45g unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
60g mixed dried fruit
For the glaze
120g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
Set aside around 60g of the flour.
In a large bowl, mix together the remaining flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
Heat the butter, milk and water together in a pan, until the butter is just melted. Leave to stand and cool for about 15 minutes, until it feels warm, but not piping hot to the touch.
Mix the warm butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Crack in the egg, and mix with your hands to form a dough. Add in as much of the reserved flour as you need to make an elastic dough. You may not need to use it all, I only needed about 30g.
Turn out onto a floured surface and kneed for about five minutes.
Place in a light greased bowl, and leave to rest for about 10 minutes. This lets the gluten rest, and makes it easier to roll out.
Meanwhile, prepare your filling. Melt the butter until just melted. In a bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice and fruit.
On a floured surface, roll the dough onto into a rectangle 14″x8″. Spread over the melted butter, followed by the sugar and spice mixture. With the long side, roll the dough up tightly to form a long sausage. Cut into rounds and pack into a 9″ round, lightly greased tin.
Cover with clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm place for around 1 hour to 90 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375F/190C.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until lightly browned.
Cool, then glaze. To make your glaze mix together the milk, icing sugar and vanilla extract. Drizzle across the top of the rolls.