Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Easy Cinnamon Roll

I really need a hair cut. I've had long hair for almost half my life and I'm thinking may be a shorter hair-do will be a good change.  The problem is, I cannot find any parlor here in Qatar that does haircut for women. If I let my husband cut my hair again, I will end up tying them just to hide the shabbiness just like what he did last time :-(  

I think I'm stressed, may be even depressed. And I believe it is not because of my frustration of having a shorter hair but because I am still grieving over personal loses.  

Last Saturday, July 25, was the end of the 9 days novena for our babang luksa, the supposed end of our mourning for the passing of our father. Thank you to our Catholic friends and families for organizing and leading the 9 days novena even though my father was not a Catholic. We are very grateful and happy to feel your love and respect for him and our Mama.  

It's just been more than 10 months, yet I still feel the pain of Papa's sudden passing.  It's like a nightmare from which I cannot awake. I was just thinking of buying him his favorite Chivas regal and whisky as our pasalubong only to realize that he's gone.   I still cannot believe that I will no longer see him when we go back home for vacation.  

I am sad. I am depressed. I am grieving. And I am still trying with all my strength to get up, to paint a smile on my face, to show that I am strong,  even if deep inside me, I am hurting and at the brink of giving up.  Because in less than 10 months, not only did we lose Papa, my family, specially I, had been through a lot. I had been through A LOT. I cry almost everyday specially when I am alone.  I cry over anything no matter how trivial they may seem.  I usually get overwhelmed by a feeling of mixture of emotions and thoughts that come rushing over me all at once and I don't know which one to handle first, and so I cry. I cry because I often feel helpless and hopeless. And as draft this blog, I cannot help but cry again.  

Before you say anything to me like "things happen for a reason", think again. First, you need to step on my shoe, feel my pain, understand where I am coming from, and then say those words to yourself.  And please do not start questioning my faith in God nor accuse me of not praying enough.  I don't need to tell anyone that I pray to Him many times in a day, that I talk to him even as I take a bath, as I cook, before I sleep, or whenever I feel alone, do I?  I have no obligation explaining my actions to anyone, for only my God knows me and for only my God has the right to judge me. And only my God knows that I believe that He will never fail and forsake me.

I closed my world for a while, hoping that by doing so I will heal and forget.  I'm not sure if it helped.  I think it did somehow.   I'm grateful to my husband for giving me the extra push I needed to get back on my feet. You see, I have my own ways of coping up too.  Baking and cooking are just a few of those coping methods I used to divert my attention.  So as you can see, I've been active in our kitchen for a while now after months of hiatus .

Here's one of the result of my "coping up", a good bread to enjoy- my easy cinnamon roll. This is my go to recipe for cinnamon roll if I want an easy and less complicated way of satisfying my cinnamon bread cravings. The resulting bread is yummy but I highly recommend that you eat this right after baking as it will only stay soft for a while.

The dough can be used right away or can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2days



Dough :
All Purpose Flour - 4 cups 
Instant dry yeast (le saf) - 2 tsp (1 packet of 11g)
White Sugar -1/3 c
Water or milk- 3/4 cup
Vegetable oil - 1/4 cup
Egg, slightly beaten - 1 pc
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder - 1 tsp

Egg for egg-wash
Butter for pan-greasing

Cinnamon powder - 2 tsp
Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup
Butter, softened
Raisins (optional)
Nuts (optional)

Cooking Procedure:

1.  Mix all the ingredients for the dough except for the 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
2.  Cover and place in a warm place.  Leave the dough for about 1 1/2 hours to rise.
3.  Combine all the ingredients for the filling except for the butter and raisins. Set aside.
4.  Mix the remaining 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, baking powder,and salt.  Add the flour-baking powder mix along with the slightly beaten egg  to the dough.  Combine well.  The dough will be sticky.
5. Melt butter in the microwave. Set aside.
6. With a rolling pin, roll out dough into a floured working area to make a rectangular sheet.  Brush  dough sheet with the melted butter. Spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture on the dough. Sprinkle some raisins an/or nuts on top. 
7. Roll the dough sheet to form a cylinder shape.  Cut into small pieces
8. Put the cut dough in a greased baking pan and proof for 30 minutes or until the dough doubled in size.
9.  Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
10.  After proofing, brush the the dough with the egg wash.
11.   Bake the bread at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. Switch off the oven but leave the cinnamon rolls in the oven for 5 more minutes



Powdered Sugar - 1cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Butter - 2 tbsp
Instant coffee- 1 tsp dissolved in 1 tbsp of hot water

Cooking Procedure:
Mix all of the ingredients. The consistency must be a bit thick and pourable.

Pour on top of the baked cinnamon roll immediately after removing the bread from the oven.

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