Is there anything better than fresh Homemade Cinnamon Bread with butter and a hot cup of tea? I think not! This time of year it is especially comforting first thing in the morning. The days are getting warmer but the damp cold seeps into the bones and makes it feel much colder.
Books call to me at this time of year. It seem like the perfect time to curl up and devour as many novels as I can while waiting for the weather to turn and spring to finally arrive. As an adult I can’t give up all responsibility but I have read a lot lately.
Have I mentioned that Fall is my favorite season? Truthfully my favorite season is September-December. Crisp air, fresh apples, colored leaves, bonfires, cozy sweatshirts, hot tea, spiced cider and hot chocolate meld into holiday baking, the smell of fresh pine, shopping for gifts and celebrating with the whole family. Seriously, I can’t think of anything I enjoy more. At the end of August my father-in-law brought me a box of early season apples and I decided to try making Crock-pot Apple Butter. Growing up in Amish Country I love apple butter but for some reason I’ve never made any myself.
I started printing and comparing recipes to get an idea for proportions. Right away I noticed that they are all pretty similar with just small differences. Christina from Dessert for Two used half sugar and half honey in her Slow Cooker Apple Butter and I like the idea of honey as a liquid instead of the apple cider, vinegar or water that I saw in others. I used white sugar this time but I will probably use brown next time. The apples I had were deliciously tart so the sweetness worked for me. If I make it with sweeter apples I would cut back on the sugar a little.
Is there anything better than a fresh batch of cinnamon rolls? I really can’t think of anything. In the past I only made them occasionally but I’m thinking that might change now. I developed these Caramel Iced Cinnamon Rolls to be a lighter, healthier, everyday kind of cinnamon roll. Made from a base of my Simple Multi-Grain Bread recipe, the rolls themselves have no butter, sugar, milk or eggs. Now, I realize this doesn’t sound like a great start for cinnamon rolls but trust me, these are amazing! Super soft, flavorful and guilt-free!!
Since the rolls are nice and healthy you can splurge a little on the icing. Remember how I said you’d need caramel this week? Here it is! We’re using last week’s Homemade Caramel Dipping Sauce to bring some extra awesomeness to the icing. I could probably go on and on about how much I love Caramel Iced Cinnamon Rolls but I’m just gonna throw some pictures at you to make you hungry instead! You’re welcome. . .