Somehow, in the last four years, he has gone from this:
And then this:
fresh out of bed, very sleepy in the early hours this morning, mid-present opening, and for once not hiding from the camera
With that rare bit of sentimentality aside, let me show you some goods: Healthy(ish) Cinnamon Rolls
** recipe and photos have been updated
Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
from my mommy
2 1/4 cups flour (you can use all whole wheat, or substitute just a portion. I usually use 1 cup all purpose and 1 1/4 cup whole wheat)
2 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking power
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1 cup plain yogurt (can sub buttermilk)
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knifes (or your hands, whatever works), cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in yogurt to make a soft, slightly sticky dough.
Flour your hands, and press the dough into a ball. Knead gently about 10 times. Roll out the dough to about 35x30cm (14x12in).
Combine the sugar and cinnamon for the filling. Brush dough with the melted butter, and sprinkle the sugar mixture evenly on top, leaving about 2 cm border. Brush border with water, and roll the dough as if it were a jelly roll.
Using a serrated knife, cut into 14 or so slices (depending on how thick you want them. I start by halving the dough, then halving those, and so on until the rolls are about 3-4cm thick).
Place into greased muffin tins, and brush with the milk. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.