I had two main reasons for making the rolls: Rob loves cinnamon rolls, and I wanted to do a test run for a breakfast potluck at work in a couple of weeks. Last night, I made the dough. I had to stay up until almost one am completing all of the steps since I started late at night. This morning, I took the dough out of the fridge and began to work.
First, I rolled the dough out into a huge rectangle on my counter. Now, this was the first mistake I had. I put down wax paper. Why? Well, because I don't have the fabulous farmhouse kitchen that the Pioneer Woman has. I'm a grad student living in an apartment and thus, I had only the surface above my dishwasher to use. If you bake a lot and you're smarter than me, you probably know why the wax paper was an issue. But just remember it for now.
Then, I poured a bunch of melted butter over the dough, followed by sugar, followed by cinnamon. After that, it was the moment of truth...rolling the dough into a log with a tight spiral of cinnamon sugar. Well, I'm sure you can guess that mine did not turn out like that. It was a log all right, but it wasn't perfect like the Pioneer Woman's. It was sloppy and I'm pretty sure it had a tear in it, out of which oozed a combination of butter and cinnamon sugar. That's when I realized the problem with the wax paper: it stuck to the dough. Despite my best intentions and my attempt to put flour all over the wax paper, it stuck. So then there was the process of removing the wax paper from the roll.
Once I'd finally cut the roll up into slices and put them into pans, I could see that the rolls weren't anything like the ones in the photos. The Pioneer Woman's were shaped perfectly; mine were failing to hold a shape.
I was disappointed. The perfectionist in me said, "There's another one that won't be in your blog." I almost quit right there. What if they were ruined? But then I had a thought: anything with butter and cinnamon sugar in it, covered in icing, cannot be bad. So I baked them and put icing on them. And this is what I got in return:
Moral of the story: Perfectionism has no place in cooking. Have a little faith and take a chance...you may surprise yourself at how well your cooking turns out!
*Note: I used the Pioneer Woman's recipe up until the point of the icing. I made my own icing for these rolls.