Is it a bread? Is it a dessert? Is it just a homemade “little something” that can bring ‘oos” and “ahs” when served at a baby or bridal shower?
The answer is Yes! Yes! And Yes!
While perusing the website, allrecipes.com, my eyes hovered over a 4.5/5-star recipe with the title, Crispy Cinnamon Rollups.
Miss NiNi is a cinnamon-and-sugar-type gal, Dear Readers. With that in mind, this recipe seemed right up my alley of “Let’s test this!” I read accolades that exclaimed how “Very quick!” and “Ever so easy!” the recipe was to assemble.
Miss NiNi had all required ingredients in my food lab. Because the rollups could be prepared and frozen until needed to be baked, I sandwiched their preparation in my daily baking schedule somewhere between Chunky Chocolate Pumpkin Bread and Rubies Cookies. This recipe seemed right up my alley of “Let’s test this!” They would be baked days later when my ovens would willingly announce, “Okay boss, what can we bake next?” How convenient!
Indeed, a recipe that could be prepared, frozen for a future baking date, baked, and yummily served hot or at room temperature–all according to my schedule would rank an entire galaxy of stars in Miss NiNi’s Book of Go-Get-Em Recipes!
Dear Readers, if you have followed Miss NiNi’s food musings, you have realized that recipes, as recorded by someone else, are rarely left in an unadulterated state. Often, the light switch of creative happiness makes a brilliant halo around my thought process.
Therefore, it was time to push up my sleeves and start mixing, spreading, rolling, and freezing. Easy. Peasy.
Now, Dear Readers, let me chat with you about the addition to flavor happiness that I included in this recipe. Apricot jam—that’s all it took to elevate this recipe from generic to first rate.
Oh yes, Dear Readers, would you like to make these “little darlins’” savory instead of sweet? It’s “a horse of another color” and one that has not yet been executed in Miss NiNi’s food lab.
However, here’s the Miss NiNi “golden halo” of that idea: exchange cinnamon, sugar, and jam for fresh or dried herbs of your choice. Dill weed or basil, snipped pieces of green onion and bits of fresh garlic along with tiny pieces of green broccoli and dried tomatoes for example would make a flavor combination favored by most taste buds.
Rather than dredging the fingerlings with brown sugar and cinnamon, substitute with grated parmesan cheese or panko bread crumbs. Mmmm, I can taste them already!
Crispy Cinnamon Rollups—a fun recipe to create—with or without the bright shining light of extraordinary ideas.
Crispy Cinnamon Rollups
Adapted from allrecipes.com
- 1-½ t. ground cinnamon
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 egg yolk
- ¾ c. powdered sugar
- ½ c. apricot jam
- ¼ t. ground cinnamon
- 1, 16-ounce loaf white bread, crusts trimmed
- ¾ c. butter, melted
In a small bowl combine 1-1/2 t. cinnamon with 1 c. sugar. Set aside for dredging rollups. In a large bowl cream together cream cheese, egg yolk, powdered sugar, apricot jam, and ¼ t. cinnamon. Set aside. Flatten each slice of bread with rolling pin. Spread about 1-1/2 T. cream cheese mixture on each slice of bread. (Do not spread to outside edges as it will spill out during the rolling process.) Roll up. Brush with melted butter. Dredge or sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place rollups seam side down on a lightly greased cookie sheet. (I use a Teflon baking sheet.) Cover tightly and freeze. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not thaw the rolls before baking. Remove rolls from freezer, uncover, and bake for 15 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Yields: About 20-24 rollups.