When your son turns 9 during Coronavirus, you get creative with what will bring him joy. I asked our son what we could do at home to make his 9th birthday special he quickly responded with make Disney Cinnamon Rolls. Is he our son or what?
Over the last few weeks, a lot of butter has been used and we have tried the recipe several times, but we have enjoyed a lot of time together as a family in the kitchen. I think this is a memory our kids will certainly have of this crazy time.
We will celebrate this amazing boy on Sunday, May 10 by making this special recipe. Here it is if you are looking for a special treat for your family. It would also make a great treat for a mother, but I must add your kitchen will be a bit of a mess after this recipe. Keep that in mind if you are trying to show your love to those special Mommas out there.
- 1st set out butter and cream cheese to room temperature (set out for a few hours)
- 2nd in a small bowl mix ½ c water, 2 Tbsp sugar, 2 packets active yeast with a fork
- 3rd in a large bowl mix 1 packet (3.4 oz) of vanilla pudding and 2 c of milk with a whisk. Melt 1 stick of butter and mix with pudding mixture. Then add 2 eggs to the mixture. Next, add the yeast mixture. After mixing the yeast in pour this into a mixer.
- 4th fold in 8 c of flour to the mixer.
- Let the dough rise. Cover with saran wrap. (may take over an hour)
While you are waiting for the dough to rise, you should make the filling.
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- Stir the above with a fork
Once your dough rises, flour the surface where you are going to roll it out. Roll the dough out into a rectangle about 34”x21”. The dough needs to be a nice even layer (not too thick or too thin). Next, melt 1 stick of butter and paint all over the dough. Now get the cinnamon & brown sugar mixture needs to be sprinkled all over the dough.
Start at one end of the dough and slowly roll into one long jellyroll. Take a sharp serrated knife and cut into 1”-1 ½” pieces. Set the rolls into a buttered pan that you will bake the rolls in. Space the rolls several inches apart because they will expand. Bake at 350˚ for 20 minutes.
- 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 stick of butter at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 c powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp milk
In a medium-sized bowl mix the cream cheese, butter, vanilla extra, and slowly add in powdered sugar. Fold in milk one tablespoon at a time to make sure frosting is at the desired consistency.
Once your cinnamon rolls have slightly cooled drizzle a layer of frosting on top. Enjoy!
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Want to see more Disney recipes? Check out Susan’s bread pudding recipe here.
If you are like my family, you are missing Disney World and Disneyland. We didn’t even have a trip planned for the near future, but just knowing we can’t go has been a weird feeling. To make ourselves feel a little of the Disney magic, we started making some of our favorite foods from the property restaurants.
Today I am making Grand Floridian’s 1900 Park Fare Bread Pudding. If you have eaten at the 1900 Fare buffet, you probably tried this amazing dessert. It’s so sweet and rich. It’s a favorite of ours. I found the recipe online years ago. Here is the recipe I use:
Grand Floridian 1900 Park Fare Bread Pudding
Ingredients Vanilla Sauce:
- 3 egg yolks
- 4 oz sugar
- 1/2 vanilla bean that has been split lengthwise
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
Ingredients Bread Pudding:
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 oz butter, softened
- 1 loaf white bread
Instructions Vanilla Sauce:
- In a saucepan, bring to a boil the milk, cream, and the vanilla bean.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.
- While whisking constantly, pour the cream mixture into the egg mixture. Whisk the entire time so the egg yolks do not scramble.
- Place the mixture back on the heat but no boil, the mixture. The sauce will become creamy and thick.
- Strain the sauce and place the bowl in an ice bath.
Instructions Bread Pudding:
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Butter a loaf pan and place in a water bath.
- Cut the loaf of bread into 1-inch cubes.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. Mix them together well.
- Add the softened butter, cream, salt, and cinnamon and mix well.
- Pour the mixture over the prepared bread cubes. Press on the bread to make sure the custard is really soaked into the bread.
- Place soft butter over the bread.
- Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown. The custard will become firm.
- Top with Vanilla sauce.
First off, I do not follow the recipe exactly. I was listening to the Mousetalgia podcast and one of the hosts had adapted the recipe and used croissants for part of the bread. I took that idea a little farther. For the bread I use half Hawaiian Rolls and half croissants instead of a loaf of bread. Can you say over the top? Yes it takes this recipe over the top. I also decrease the sugar in the bread pudding to 1 cup. With the vanilla sauce, it was just too sweet with 2 cups of sugar and the Hawaiian Rolls are a sweet bread. I would suggest trying it with the 2 cups of sugar the first time to see how your family likes it, especially if you don’t plan to make the vanilla sauce.
The recipe says to use a loaf pan, but I make mine in a 9×13 pan because my loaf pan is too small. The water bath is tricky for the bigger pan. I take a cookie sheet and make a pan out of heavy duty foil to hold the water around the pan. I haven’t had to adjust the cooking time for this pan.
One more cheat: I will be the first to admit that I have had some major fails when making custard. For a much easier vanilla sauce try this instead: 1 pint half and half or 1 can evaporated milk, 1 cup sugar, 1 stick butter and 1 tsp vanilla. Cook on low until thick. Stir and watch closely to keep from burning.
I hope you enjoy this dessert as much as we do!