So it's been a while since I last posted...(holy crap, almost 3 weeks in fact). I have to admit, I really lost my interest in cooking/baking (and therefore, taking/posting photos or blogging) for a while there. I always thought that I was the kind of person who baked to de-stress--well apparently there is a point beyond which even baking is too much to handle. So I've been holing up lately and just letting myself be lazy--I've been reading a lot (and watching lots of movies--well, on the weekends, at least). I'm starting to feel a bit more like myself, don't worry--and there are positive things to look forward to (like Py coming to visit in a couple of weeks). And warmer weather, and flowers blooming. Yes, it's not all bad, and what does not kill me (work) can only make me stronger (unless it does kill me).
Easter isn't a big thing for me, and with my current state of mind, I wasn't in the mood for making my army of bunny and chick cookies, like I had originally planned. But I wanted to make something a little more special, and cinnamon rolls sounded like just the thing, so I browsed around a bit and found this recipe for kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon rolls) at My Kitchen From Scratch. It was the photo that convinced me, and I happened to have pearl sugar in my pantry. There really is something to be said about the therapeutic value of kneading dough..not to mention the smell of butter and cinnamon. (Most of the other recipes I saw included a bit of cardamom, so I did the same, but you can certainly leave it out if you don't like the flavor.)
These are nice and tender (they should be! There is a lot of butter in these.) and only lightly sweet. The glaze and pearl sugar add a little bit of crunch and all around, these are great with a cup of tea (or coffee). I won't tell you how many I ate but I'll add it to my list of "things that make me feel better."
For those that celebrate it, Happy Easter!