I have always had this love of food. I adore it. Not that I don’t eat healthily, what I am saying is I’m one of those girls obsessed with delicious food and I could probably go on eating it if I didn’t care for my figure and love physical activity for most of my life. I love to talk about food whether it’s making a recipe less fattening or just eating the most amazing Italian pastries because it’s a Saturday and I feel like it.
But some of the most scrumpious foods in the world, foods that reminds me of hearth, home, and being a little girl at Easter time is Cinnamon Buns and Apple Cinnamon Rolls. All that delicious bread spread with butter, sugar, and cinnamon, sprinkled with raisins or apples. I’m almost drooling…
Cinzeo makes a great cinnamon bun with pecans if you like and once when I was on vacation in Disney Land with my mom and Dad we had these melt in your mouth cinnamon buns and the icing and cinnamon would just drip all over your hands and your face would be sticky but your mouth would feel all warm and gooey inside.
Those cinnamon buns were so delicious but the best one’s are made by my Grandma.When I was a little girl, I would watch my Grandma make cinnamon buns and then we would bake them and hot out of the oven came these little cinnamon buns that were melt in your mouth, and were full of delicious raisins, sugar, and cinnamon. Grandma often made these cinnamon buns at Easter but if you would like to know what the best thing we had at Easter was it was Apple Cinnamon Rolls and my Mom made these and taught my Grandma to as well.
The process to make Apple Cinnamon Rolls is the same as making a cinnamon bun except you make one giant piece of dough that you will eventually roll into a tube, wrap around into a circle, then cut at equal points and pull it a part so it looks something like a wreath. In Apple Cinnamon Rolls you don’t use raisins but you cover the buttered, cinnamoned, and sugared dough with apples. Once the wreath of Apples and dough is in the oven, you bake it, let it cool, and then you ice it with cream cheese icing. You slice the roll where you made the slits to spread the wreath shape of the cinnamon roll out. The taste is majestic and inspiring and the apples might even hint at a bit of healthiness in this dessert.
I think it is that flavor of cinnamon and sugar and apples or raisins together with bread that I love and it makes me think how special Easter was when my brothers and I were little kids. We got Easter baskets (a few) full of chocolate, went to 2 or 3 dinners, we went to Church and a breakfast at church, and it was all so important because that was time we spent with our families and time we spent reflecting that Jesus died on the cross to take away all our sins. He took away the sins of an entire world so all who believed in Him could go to heaven when they died. Religiously in Christianity, with Jesus’ birth at Christmas, Easter is the most important holiday and perhaps, a wreath of apples reminds us of the crown of thorns Jesus wore on the cross. Though he was mocked and beaten, Jesus was never conquered – he defeated death and the grave and rose again. Besides cinnamon buns and rolls that’s pretty fantastic.