Happy New Year! My resolution this year is to do more with less...and not worry about what everyone else thinks. I have a phobia about wasting food (I think I must have starved to death in a previous life) that my husband thinks is one of my lovable quirks.
Until he cleans out the fridge. I'm always trying to find a way to use the last few spoonfuls of rice (add it to a bowl of soup or make rice pudding) or some milk that has soured (I've not had so much luck with this - I tried to make yogurt but it was an epic fail.)
Today, my husband offered my son and his friends, who had slept over for New Year's Eve, some cinnamon rolls. After rooting around in the fridge for what seemed like forever, he poked his head out and announced that, sadly, there would be no cinnamon rolls because he must have used them already. Cue groaning from the boys.
This felt like a dare to me. I have wonderful memories of my mother making cinnamon rolls, and it made me think that it couldn't be that hard. My mother had five children, and if it was hard she avoided it. I found a can of biscuits (yes, they were canned biscuits - I'm guilty) in the fridge and decided to give it a try. After rolling them out, I poured melted butter on them, then added brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped pecans. I rolled them up like a jelly roll, cut into 1 1/2" slices and baked them on parchment at 350F for about 15 minutes.
They came out gooey, caramelly, bubbly, and amazing!! My son loved them and so did my husband. I know there are plenty of recipes for homemade biscuits or cinnamon rolls on the internet (my favorite) but this was quick and easy today. The best part was the caramelized filling which melted out underneath. To glaze, I took some powdered sugar, melted butter, milk and a dollop of vanilla extract. Make sure you glaze them before they cool so the glaze can melt down into all the nooks and crannies.
So here's to a wonderful new year! Enjoy!