Every year as my birthday nears my poor husband must endure the same torture. A week before he starts dropping hints about it in hopes that I’ll give him a firm answer as to what gift I would like this year. Never, in all the birthdays we’ve shared, have I given him a definitive answer of what the gift shall be or where I would like to celebrate my special meal. Its like pulling teeth, the poor man.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve made a big deal about my birthday, it was probably sometime in my early teens. It isn’t that I don’t appreciate him wanting to make the day special for me, because I really do. I really can’t explain why I’m like this, but perhaps it has something to do with me being a shy person — or maybe I’m just a pain in the ass, yes that’s it! (Lol)
Regardless of my annoying birthday habits he always manages to make my day truly special. It isn’t just on my birthday, it is every day that he showers me with love, affection, attention, support, encouragement, and indulges my every whim. Truth be told, I’m a very lucky and spoiled wife. To me all of this is gift enough and the material presents are the cherry on top, cliched as it may all sound.
This year I did give a definitive answer as to what I wanted to eat, cinnamon raisin rolls. But since he believes that a birthday girl shouldn’t have to cook or bake her own b-day meals or dessert, so we comprised on when the baking would take place, these gorgeous rolls were baked last week.
The recipe comes from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
cookbook, and it was one I bookmarked last year when I purchased the book. Yep, it’s only taken a year but finally I tested out the recipe. Unfortunately I don’t have permission from the author to publish the recipe, so you should really get a copy. Believe me this is a cookbook you want to own. Plus if you prefer sticky buns to cinnamon buns then you can read Peter Reinhart’s instructions for the recipe variations.
Being an inexperienced baker I followed the instructions to the letter. The only thing I did different is I added more cinnamon than the recipe called for. We are both huge fans of the spice and love these rolls with a strong cinnamon flavour. The results were fantastic! The rolls were soft, moist, warm and the sweet smell of cinnamon filled the house. In all honesty we haven’t tasted rolls this good since we last ate Cinnabon years ago.
For a few days we were waking up to a warm breakfast of cinnamon raisin rolls with a side of coffee or tea. The bad part is that they are all gone now, but in regards to the waistline that’s probably not such a bad thing. Next time I won’t be waiting until my birthday to bake another batch of Mr. Reinhart’s rolls. In fact I can’t wait to bake more.
In celebration of my (34th) birthday and our wedding anniversary next week I will be taking some time off from blogging. In a way it is my birthday gift to myself; a much needed break away from the computer. I plan to mostly stay disconnected (but you can still reach me via email or the contact form above) and catch up on some book reading. Besides that I have no other plans, I’ll just take it one day at a time.
Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be back with a brand new recipe next weekend….or so.
Please go wish a very Happy Birthday to my friend Ramona of Curry and Comfort. We share the same b-day:) Also I’d like to wish a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies who read this blog.
Here’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread, the cookbook where I got the Cinnamon Rolls recipe.