#SimonSays Cinnamon Rolls!!

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Who wouldn't love these sticky, gooey, deliciously fluffy cinnamon rolls?
I honestly don't think I cared for them much growing up, but maybe i've never had a good one? They were always limited on icing and hard/kinda crusty. lol. Not my jam. 

For those of you following my life, things have been a bit crazy this year! My career has definitely had a lot of activity.. Where should I start? 

Well, since this is my blog, and I can say whatever the hell I want on it, I can say freely that I got to be Simon Cowell's Private Chef. Pretty crazy, don't you think? I caught them on the tail end of their visit this season, and was with them for a few weeks before they left back for London, but they'll be back and hopefully so will I. I still can't believe it, honestly. Simon Cowell?

For those of you wondering- he's incredibly nice. The house is amazing to work in, and the staff (yes, staff.. about 15 of them per day) are wonderfully supportive and loved my food!  A Huge shout out to my girl Diora, for introducing me, and giving me the opportunity to work with this family. I owe you big time!

Anyways- back to the cinnamon rolls. I recently had the pleasure of catering my dear friend Josh and his beautiful wife Stephanie's wedding! What a dreamy wedding to say the least! I've never met more genuine people in my life. Congratulations to both of you- Thank you for allowing me to feed your friends and family. My heart was full as I witnessed so much love and unity. Josh asked for a cinnamon roll wedding cake! Say WHAAAAT.  Now, y'all know I'm not a baker. I think we discussed this in a previous post. I am trying tho! luckily Josh handled the cake situation, and his wonderful mom, who's an incredible wedding cake designer back in Kentucky (Shout out to you, Mama! Move your little self to LA!! we need you!) stacked and iced the cake and sent it my way only for finishing touched (ie.. putting roses and succulents on each tier to decorate lol! now THAT I can do) 

The cake was delicious.. My first experience with a tasty cinnamon roll. Anyways- That next week at the Cowell residence I had some free time to recipe test and explore. There was always desserts to be laying around, so I figured i'd try (for the first time) to make some cinnamon rolls! Well… they were amazing. Ill be honest, Simon didn't touch them, I don't think he even looked at them, but I was okay with that because the staff and I demolished them within an hour of them coming out the oven. Maybe we were hungry? or maybe they were just that finger-licking good.  When i say soft and gooey, I mean they were pillowy-cinnamony-airy-sticky-sweet little tasty dessert bombs!!!! ohhh my God.

Ill stop here and just tell you the recipe. Enjoy them, share them, and worry about going to the gym later

From my hungry belly to yours
<3 Beetz

#SimonSays Cinnamon Rolls:
2 C warm milk
1/2 C melted butter
1/2 C sugar
1 pack active dry yeast
*mix together in large bowl and let sit for 5 minutes

Add 4 Cups AP Flour
*Mix and let sit covered for 1 hour

1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp Salt
3/4 cup AP Flour
*Mix
*Pull dough out of mixing bowl and place on clean counter. Dust with more flour to keep from sticking. Roll the dough out to a rectangle shape, about 1/2 inch thick.

Spread 3/4 C Softened butter to cover the entire surface of dough, then sprinkle evenly 3/4C brown sugar and 2 Tbl Cinnamon to cover butter. DONT SKIMP! This is the best part. If you feel like you need more, then hell.. add more.  

*Roll the dough lengthwise, starting closest to you moving away. Take your time with this step, making sure it's a relatively tight roll and that both ends are rolling evenly. 
*Once you;re all rolled up, take a sharp knife and cut the log in half. Then each half in half again! Then again. This will make sure you have even little sections for even baking!

You can get anywhere from 14-16 pieces depending how thick you want the rolls. I cut mine into 14. 

Grease a baking dish (i used some softened butter, because why not) The dish can be any shape: round, square or rectangle. I used 2 round baking dishes for mine, 7 rolls in each. Place the rolls spiral side up in the dish, giving them space to bake and puff up. Don't let them touch, once they bake they fill in the gaps themselves. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Ill be honest, I took mine out of the oven at 20 minutes. Thats what I suggest, but I was using a top-tier convection oven. Baking time will vary depending on your oven at home, so use your own judgment.
HOWEVER! keep in mind that these little suckers will continue to cook as they are cooling on the counter top. Taking them out at 20 minutes I though "ehh.. they could still be a little underdone" but I think that's the trick! Pull them out when you're still slightly questioning… because once they cool they'll bake to PERFECTION!

Don't forget the Icing:
4 oz soft cream cheese (whipped cream cheese is best)
2 tbl melted butter
2 tbl milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 C powder sugar
*Whisk together and pour over the hot cinnamon rolls once they come out the oven. 
I won't tell anyone if you lick the whisk.

Until next time! Enjoy