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Cinnamon Rolls

Rise and roll!

This was the first time bae aka my foodie partner-in-crime and I attempted making cinnamon rolls at home and it was quite the success during the holiday season. So much so, that it will now become a yearly tradition around Christmas time. Even with full bellies, everyone wanted seconds. So let me tell you about these sweet rolls of love because they’ll be a recipe you’ll never forget thanks Chef Michael Smith. Because sometimes you just need to indulge and these cinnamon rolls are DE-LI-CIOUS! You won’t regret waking up to these!

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls


Recipe by: Chef Michael Smith


For the Dough
1 cup milk
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 – 1/4 ounce package instant yeast
4 eggs

For the Cinnamon Filling
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

For the Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream (35%)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


Step 1 - Make Dough

For the dough, gently warm the milk, butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a small pot. Don’t bring to a simmer; warm just enough to melt the butter.

Meanwhile, measure one-half of the flour into the bowl of your stand mixer along with the yeast. Add the warm milk and melted butter mixture to the flour and beat with your paddle attachment until smooth. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating until smooth before proceeding. Switch to a dough hook and add the remaining flour.

Step 2 - Knead Dough

Remove and knead until a soft dough forms that is no longer sticky to the touch, about 5 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rest in a warm place until dough doubles in size. This could take as long as 2 hours.

Step 3 - Make Filling

For the filling, stir or whisk together the softened butter with the brown sugar and the cinnamon in a mixing bowl.

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and let it rest for a few minutes.

Step 4 - Roll Dough

Flour your work surface, the dough, your hands and a rolling pin. Roll out the dough into a long rectangle shape, about 18 x 12 inches (45 x 30 cm), with the long side facing you.

Evenly spread the cinnamon filling all over the top of the dough, leaving 1 or 2 inches (2.5 or 5 cm) uncovered along the top edge. Leaving a border helps the dough stick together when you form the roll.

Roll into a long, tight, cigar-shaped log from the covered long edge to the uncovered long edge. Brush the outside of the log with oil or melted butter.

Slice the dough log into 12 or 16 sections. Turn each on its side and position evenly in a lightly oiled 15- x 10-inch baking pan.

Rest, uncovered, until the dough doubles in size once again and the rolls swell into each other, filling the pan.

Step 5 - Bake Dough

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 °F (180 °C).

When the dough has risen a second time, bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

Step 6 - Make the Glaze

When cinnamon rolls are finished baking, remove from oven and allow to cool. When they have cooled enough to handle, stir together the glaze ingredients and drizzle all over the rolls. Serve immediately!

Bon appetit!
Rosalyn Gambhir
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Hello 2019

I believe I said this last year but 2018 simply put, I blinked my eyes and woosh, 365 days later, 2019 is here. What a sweet, amazing, busy and adventurous year it has been. Though it was filled with many ups and downs I could swear a decade has gone by. I've realized how fast time flies by and how important it is to cherish every small moment. The memories we make are so important, as it's crazy how one day can differ from another in a couple of months. 2018 allowed me to learn new things about work-life balance, but it also taught me how to be happy with life, and enjoy it as it is.  Sometimes I overthink the smallest things, but at the end of the day, I'm blessed and thankful for everything I've got from my fiancĂ©e, family, friends, work peers and everything in between.

 As for 2019, it will be a year of smashing goals and as always I'm sharing a few:

1. Work-Life Balance + Self-Care

This isn't so much blogging related but with a day job that involves working with social media, it's hard to fully disconnect and having a partner who understands your role is important. Let's just say social media never sleeps and taking a vacation is the hardest thing when you're a one-person team. But in 2019, I'm dedicated to using my vacation days fully and unplugging.

There was a time where I juggled a full-time job, a part-time job, the blog, and freelance gigs - you could say I was a workaholic though I enjoyed it all and was passionate about learning new thing. I seemed to balance it all.


 I've had to remind myself that it's okay to take time out for myself. Too often we are pressured into thinking that spending more time working or being busy is important. Well, screw that. You are allowed to have off days where you are completely lazy still in your PJs and watching Netflix. And as an introvert at heart, I LOVE a lot of quiet time alone as it allows me to recharge.

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - New Years

2. New Adventures and More Travel

I'll keep this one nice and short. As second-year homeowners, bae and I have honestly become such homebodies. We've been enjoying the amenities of a spacious backyard, our dog and cooking more meals at home aka the kitchen which is what sold us on the house. With that being said, I'm hoping 2019 allows me to re-discover my own city. With a few trips already planned for the year, I'm looking forward to reviving the Staycationer in me and document my journies with you all!

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - New Years

3. Going Back to My Roots of Food Blogging

2018 left me slightly unmotivated and uninspired in a world of comparison on social media. I know I said I wouldn't let it get to me, but with the nonstop scrolling on Instagram and the perfectly curated feeds, it simply left me in a sour mood. After getting hooked to Gary Vaynerchuk's Youtube videos, he made a valid point that completely changed my mindset for 2019,

"Don't lay all your eggs in one basket."

In other words, stop focusing on one platform and spread the love everywhere. I realized I spent way too much time on Instagram overthinking everything I was going to post especially writing out captions. This made me dread posting on the platform BUT if you're a long time reader, you'll know that the blog was my number one passion and the past two years it fell to the wayside. 2019 WILL be the year where I go back to my roots of food blogging from sharing my favourite recipes, restaurant reviews and of course my favourite mac n cheese dishes when traveling.

As for the whole Instagram thing, it'll take me a few months to adjust or maybe take a break from it?

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - Mac n Cheese

4. Finances

This is something I know a lots couples don't like chatting about but one of my personal goals for bae and I in 2019 is to get on track to pay off our mortgage. With only this form of debt on my side, I have made it my priority to budget and take baby steps to pay it down as quickly as we can. This is all thanks to discovering and learning new tips from #debtfreecommunity on Instagram as well as following the account @savinghalfourincome. I'm actually really excited about this journey and am taking the chance to soak up everything I learn. For example, paying extra principal payments (up to a maximum) biweekly and doing lump sum payments on our mortgage anniversary (since our bank allows it,) will shave off years and interest!

So the personal finance geek in me, I'm ready to get a plan in place for 2019 and work out how we can get to that paid off mortgage goal faster.

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - New Years

Cheers to a new year!
Rosalyn Gambhir
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