So we returned from our vacation at the very end of August, leaving behind the hot late-summer weather of Maryland for the cool fall air of Estonia. There was about a week during which I had no idea what to wear as I adjusted to the dramatic drop in temperature (what, you mean a skirt and flip-flops won’t cut it anymore?).
Overall September wasn’t too interesting food-wise, as we were on the post-vacation-we-are-almost-too-broke-to-buy-food diet ;-). Fortunately we didn’t starve, and I actually tried my hand at some new homemade treats (since of course making baked goods is far more economical than buying them, not to mention they’re usually tastier). One day at Prisma J was eyeing a bag of frozen cinnamon rolls that can be heated up in the oven, and I declared, “No way we’re buying those. Cinnamon rolls are so easy to make!” As the cinnamon rolls he was coveting were a product from Finland, I decided that mine should be Finnish-style kanelipullat too, so I got out a reliable resource:
You’ve seen this book before– J used a recipe in it to make whole-wheat rolls a while back. I whipped up the simple cardamom-scented dough, and after it had risen it was rolled out, treated to a healthy layer of butter, white sugar and cinnamon, and then rolled, sliced, and left alone to rise a second time.
My cinnamon rolls came out small, but we both liked that– you can eat more of them that way! I took the rolls from the oven just as they started to turn brown on top, which ensured that the insides were still moist and just past the point of doughy.
J gave me the best compliment a woman can hope to get from her man: “These are as good as my grandmother’s.” Isn’t that sweet? It made me so happy to hear that. He also said the smell of them baking reminded him of his grandmother. Aww… a comforting snack and a bit of nostalgia all rolled up with a bit of cinnamon.