Monday, November 7, 2016

#SecretRecipeClub: Cinnamon Roll Muffins

It's time for another edition of Group A's reveal for the Secret Recipe Club!  Actually, it's a rather sad occasion as this will be the final reveal day for Group A.  Sarah E has decided to send us out on a high note, and the club will be folding.  I've had almost 3 wonderful years searching other blogs for a recipe to make and share.  It's been exciting to see what people think worth sharing from my own little corner of the internet.  I'll need to find a new challenge.
So, this time when I went looking for my last recipe with the club, I decided I had to stick with what I do best - breakfast carbs.
My monthly email sent me off to peruse Sights, Bits and Bites.  Marla is relatively new to the kitchen, and says she works in the smallest kitchen known to mankind.  I also did that until recently.  She loves cats, but currently has a boyfriend and a pet hamster.  I don't think I recommend having the hamster and cats simultaneously, but cats are a lovely way to pass the time.
While looking through Marla's recipes, I came across a few things to consider:  Freezer Breakfast Burritos looked easy and yummy, as did Lasagna Soup, which needs to make an appearance on my Sunday night supper table (and in my lunch) soon.  But carbs as always screamed my name.  Like my last reveal, this recipe is somewhat of a portion controlled one.  But no matter.  Once can always eat 2.
I present to you now Sights, Bits and Bites' Cinnamon Roll Muffins:

For the Filling:
1 c light brown sugar
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp butter, softened

For the dough:
1 c soured milk (1 scant cup of milk with 1 tsp lemon juice, stirred and left to stand 10 mins)
1/2 c light brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3-1/2 c flour

1.  Preheat oven to 375F.  Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
2.  Make the filling:  In a small bowl, stir together sugar and cinnamon.  Set aside.
3.  Make the Dough:  In a medium bowl, stir together sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla and egg.  Add milk and beat well.  Stir in 3 cups of flour to form a stiff dough.  Turn onto a floured pastry sheet and knead until smooth (I found it very sticky and used most of the final 1/2 cup)
4.  Roll the dough into a rectangle, about 12"x24".  Spread dough with softened butter and sprinkle with filling, pressing into the butter.
5.  Roll the dough up tightly, starting along 1 long edge.  Cut into 12 equal pieces and place in the lined muffin tins, cut side up.
6.  Bake rolls at 375F for 16 minutes, until golden.  
From Sight, Bits and Bites

These are really individual cinnamon buns.  I found the dough really sticky, but I didn't want to add too much flour and toughen them up.  I didn't.

I wondered at this point if I really needed the paper liners, but they were a good plan.  I also wondered if things would rise at all.
One other thing I tried that was fantastic was a kitchen hack for softening butter:  I put what I wanted on a small plate and covered it with a glass that I had heated under hot tap water for about 2 minutes.  It was perfectly spreadable!

They both rose, and I was glad for the paper.  Filling leaked out around the paper, and I would have had a huge mess without the papers.

So yummy!  Thanks Marla, for  helping me with breakfast for the next little bit!


  1. You certainly have ended on a high note with this recipe, those rolls look scrumptious! Karen

  2. You simply cannot go wrong with cinnamon rolls, and those turned out perfect!

    very nice choice for your last assignment....

  3. This is one of my favorite recipes. these look delicious and much more portion controlled than the giant ones I like. :) Great SRC pick this final month!

  4. Oh man, do they look delicious!

  5. These looks delicious! Awesome pick for the final month of SRC. Will be missing this.

  6. That does it, I'm biting the bullet and shelling out the bucks for a new stove so I can bake again. Great choice for the your final post for SRC. I'll be missing the SRC a lot.
    I'm going to miss the Secret Recipe Club so much in fact that...
    I'll be hosting a Link up party starting in January on the first Monday and calling it First Monday, in which I'll be inviting all SRC members (former), to participate with adding their favorite recipe for the previous month. Not the one with the most views, but the one they made that they like the best. I hope you'll you'll join in.

  7. These look amazing. I was wondering if the paper liners really were necessary, since I don't have any and I'd really like some of these muffins NOW - so I guess I'll have to wait. I've also been wondering about that butter hack. Now I know it will really work. Cool!

  8. I love these individual cinnamon rolls. I normally make a full pan, but this looks delicious. Wonderful final SRC post

  9. What a yumtastic way to end SRC! May I say it was been a pleasure being in SRC with you, and I will miss our monthly meet-ups. I know I will see you around on the interwebs, though. Take good care!