For the love of God I am hardly keeping my Xmas sh.t together. What the figgy pudding is all this madness about? Never before have I had so many fingers in so many mince pies and I have to tell you I’m not coping so well. What with my daughter singing a solo in the school’s nativity as well as a Xmas medley with her dance school and my son singing with the school in three performances my already normal state of befuddlement has now reached the, “Haven’t a Clucking Clue” stage. Jesus, so many outfits, so many rehearsals, so many drop offs and pick ups. I do not know my sagging arse from my scaly elbow….I’m in a permanent state of Xmas anxiety. What if I can’t keep this yuletide show on the road??? I find myself sitting bolt upright in the middle of the night consumed with jazz pants and matte tights…….who knew?
My daughter however is living her Xmas dream. Her Xmas star is shining so bright it’s like the Baby Jesus is being born at our house. She is desperate to be on the stage and her time has finally come. At six she is to dress as an angel and sing a CELINE DION number SOLO with a microphone (WTF!!!), well a verse or two. I’m significantly concerned. I think her teacher has been duped into believing my daughters heartfelt assurances/full volume shrieks that she could own that stage and sing that bad boy like Whitney. I bet the poor woman didn’t stand a chance……. In my SIGNIFICANT experience she still needs some help in that department, maybe a full strength (hundreds of them) male voice choir would do if you get my drift, preferably from Wales. Not sure I’m actually looking forward to sitting through this one truth be told………I’ll definitely need a few Mince Pies laced with Brandy afterwards. I so hope she proves me wrong, I blinkin love her Xmas Balls.
These Danish Pastry Cinnamon Rolls are all I need to make me forget the extensive administrative trials of this festive season. To be frank with you they are one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. This recipe delivers in a way that would make my house Santa’s first port of call come Christmas Eve ,of that I have no doubt. The Danish Pastry recipe is super simple and borrowed from Nigella Lawson. It is to be found in “How to be a Domestic Goddess” under “Processor Danish Pastry”. I love that book. It is a recipe that allows these Cinnamon Rolls to be not far off a doddle. I kid you not. It completely cuts out the squashing and rolling of the butter into the pastry just calling for some pastry rolling after the fact. The key to this elimination of the laborious middle man is a food processor. Just a couple of blitzes is all that is required before mixing and leaving overnight or at least 6 hours before serious, melt in the mouth baking heaven.
Such is the extreme deliciousness of these buns that I intend to make them a Xmas breakfast tradition. For a long time I have been searching for something special that requires minimum effort and almost no thought processing. This recipe is the answer. I shall make them up to the stage when they are in the muffin tray and leave in the fridge overnight before grabbing them out first thing ready in an hour or so to bake.
But in reality these Cinnamon Rolls are stupendous on any occasion. I thought of the idea to bake each one in a muffin tray because I was fed up of burning the outer ones when baking the usual way in one baking tray/dish. This idea, although I say it myself, is genius.
BEWARE, one is never enough……
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