quick cinnamon rolls

I've been making these cinnamon rolls from Company's Coming Cookbooks for a loooong time.  I can remember making these for my family when I was in highschool and I used to make these all the time for my roommates when I was in university.  These treats are super-easy to make and really good to eat.  They're a good combo of buttery, flaky biscuit and brown sugar-cinnamon - perfect for a weekend brunch.

Biscuit Dough

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup milk

Cinnamon Topping

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts or raisins

Preheat oven to 400 F and grease a 12-cup muffin tin.  Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.  Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until it looks coarse and only small pieces of butter remain.  Pour in about 3/4 cup milk and stir together with a fork - add more milk if necessary to make a soft dough (but not sticky).  Turn out the dough onto a floured counter top and knead lightly a few times, the roll out the dough into a 12 x 8" rectangle.

In another small bowl mix the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon together.  Drop about 1 tsp into the bottom of each muffin cup then spread the remaining cinnamon mixture over the dough.  Sprinkle nuts or raisins on top, if desired.  Roll the dough up (starting from the long side) then gently pinch the seam closed.  I generally trim the ends, then slice the roll into 12 equal pieces, placing each one into a muffin cup.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until the rolls look golden brown on top.  Remove the pan from the oven and invert it on top of a cookie sheet (so that all the yummy cinnamon mixture sinks into the rolls).  Serve warm and watch how quickly they disappear.

Recipe from: Canadian Living

A while ago I visited the Rembrandthuis Museum - the 400 year old canal house that Rembrandt van Rijn lived and worked in for 20 years.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the museum. It was nice to be able to explore the inside of a canal house and see how the house would have looked when Rembrandt lived there.  There were also several Rembrandt paintings, as well as paintings by his students.  The museum also had a large collection of Rembrandt's etchings and had a lot of information on the etching process and how Rembrandt's style was unique.  If you've only got a few days to explore Amsterdam, I wouldn't kill myself trying to get here, but if you have a bit more time this museum might be worth checking out.