This morning I was signed up to bring the snack to Bible Study. I decided to be brave and try to make my mother-in-laws cinnamon rolls. First I will give you the recipe, then I will tell you if I being brave paid off.
1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
1 cup brown sugar
Thaw bread dough in the fridge for the day. (I took it out about an hour before I was going to make the dough, because in my mind room temperature dough would be easier to work with than cold dough.)
Toss a little flour on the counter and roll the dough out (not too much, just enough to roll the dough over a couple times, but it needs to be long enough to cut 12 rolls).
While it is FLAT (in other words, before you roll it) sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar over the dough, but not too much!
Roll it and squeeze the ends so it stays rolled up.
Cut into 12 rolls
Lay on top of the caramel ice cream sauce
Caramel Ice Cream Sauce:
Mix 1/2 cup butter (I microwaved it for about 20 seconds), 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream and 1 cup of brown sugar.
Spread the sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Set them in the oven OVERNIGHT covered with a non stick lid (tinfoil sprayed with Pam). In the morning, remove the cover and bake for about 30 minutes at 350. Take out of the oven and tip them onto something (lid, platter, tinfoil...) so the sauce side is up.
Ok, so the recipe that I had varied in one way for the recipe printed above. It said to bake COVERED for 20 minutes and uncovered for 3. I did this and took my rolls out of the oven a little before 9 and they looked PERFECT. So I tipped the burning hot pan over and could see the bubbling caramel ice cream sauce. Then I realized two things- The corners of the rolls were stuck to the pan and I could not see any rolls in the center of my roll formation. Why? Well, they were still pretty much dough and had just flopped into a pile of goo. SO disappointing. I had no time to fret though, because even though I was not going to be staying at Bible study today because I had a semi sick kid, I had told them I'd bring the snack. So we got in the van ran into Family Fare, bought some cinnamon rolls that were on a rack in the front of the store, ran to church, dropped off the rolls and came home.
While I was driving home, I called my sister in law, Daci, and told her my sad tale. Daci then informed my that she never bakes the rolls covered and always bakes them for AT LEAST 30 minutes. Well, I just happened to have a second pan of rolls that I had made for the fam, so I baked them following Daci's directions and 35 minutes later I was enjoying some AWESOME cinnamon rolls with Tyson and Jori. We each had 2 and I am planning on finishing the 6 that are left tonight (with my family, of course!) The corners of the second batch also stuck a little, so next time I would spray a little Pam in the corners and on the edges to prevent the stick.
Would I make these again, yes! Would I make them for someone else, I am not sure. They are not "pretty" when they come out, so I wouldn't make them to bring somewhere, but if you ever stay over night at my house and I have all the ingredients to make these rolls, I would totally do it for you!