Mother’s Day Brunch: Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon-rollsMother’s Day is heading our way and it’s time to start planning how to honor our mothers for the day. Brunch is an American tradition for the holiday, but this year, instead of making reservations for crowded breakfast restaurants, we’re thinking about making our best brunch at home. A brunch favorite for LTD is the cinnamon roll and we have a great recipe to share with you.

This is a fairly standard recipe for cinnamon rolls, but it will make your Mother’s Day spectacular. It might seem difficult because it involves yeast, but it’s worth the effort you put into it and once you try the finished product you will be pleased with yourself that you did it — and so will your mom!cinnamon-rolls

For the Rolls:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk (warmed — about 20 seconds in the microwave is good)
  • 2 TB granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 TB unsalted butter, melted, plus ½ TB to coat the dough as it rises
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extractcinnamon-rolls

For the cinnamon spread:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon

For the Icing:

  • cinnamon-rolls1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 TB milk
  • 1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions:

In a bowl fitted to a stand mixer, add the granulated sugar and milk. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the milk and let it stand for five minutes. Add the flour, salt and cardamom and mix on medium-low speed using the hook attachment for five minutes. Whisk together the vanilla, egg yolk and 2 TB melted butter (it shouldn’t be hot — you don’t want to scramble the yolk). Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and continued mixing until everything is well-combined.cinnamon-rolls

The dough should be sticky. Remove the dough from the bowl to gently work it on a lightly floured surface to make a ball. Place the remaining melted butter in a medium bowl. Add the dough and roll it in the butter to coat it. Cover the bowl in plastic and let it rise for one hour.cinnamon-rolls

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle. Brush the 3 TB of melted butter over the entire rectangle. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the butter. Roll the dough up so you have a long cylinder.

cinnamon-rollsSlice off pieces (the rolls) about one inch thick. You should get about 12. Brush a 9” cake pan with butter and place the pieces of dough in the pan. There will be space between each of the rolls. Let the rolls rise for another 30 minutes.

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Pre-heat oven to 325℉.

Bake the rolls for about 25 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are a golden brown. Whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, milk and butter to make the icing.cinnamon-rolls

Pour the icing over the rolls while they’re still warm. Serve and enjoy.

This recipe can be prepared ahead of time and then baked when you’re ready. When the dough is sliced and placed in the pan, cover it and refrigerate it overnight. Remove the pan from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking to bring it up to room temperature.

LTD Commodities has ideas and products to make all your holidays special! If you’re looking for Ideas for a Mother’s Day brunch or gadgets for your Memorial Day cookout, we have what you need to make any day memorable.

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Must Watch Movies for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is around the corner and from coast to coast people are looking for ways to honor moms. While we’re stumped every year on how to recognize our mothers for all the work they do to make our lives meaningful, Hollywood has done a good job of giving moms credit. There are a few flicks that are heart wrenching and others that are hilarious, but they’re all inspiring. Here are 5 must watch movies for Mother’s Day.

Steel Magnolias Though Steel Magnolias is a movie about a tight-knit group of southern women, one mother’s unwavering determination to protect her daughter is a big piece of what makes Steel Magnolias magical. Painful and funny at the same time, it’s a portrait of how strong a mother has to be from a child’s birth until death.

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Freaky Friday Whether you’re a Jodie Foster fan or you prefer Lindsay Lohan, a good body-switch movie between a mom and teenage daughter is an exercise in bridging Grand Canyon sized gaps between generations through hilarity. It’s tough for a parent and teenager to see eye-to-eye, but when they spend a day in one another’s shoes, understanding and empathy unfolds between them.

Stepmom One of the more painful experiences (or fears) for a mother is being replaced. But relationships are complicated and they don’t get more complicated than that between a mother and her children’s stepmother. Patience and understanding are tough to come by when two women’s lives are woven together by children, but it’s the love for those kids that forces these two ladies into an unconventional relationship.

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Terms of Endearment Mother and daughter, love and loss, Terms of Endearment examines the relationship between Aurora and Emma and how it supports every aspect of their lives over a decade. A marriage and several romantic relationships begin and end, but the one constant is Aurora and Emma’s love for each other.

Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot For those who need a lighthearted movie, there’s nothing more whimsical than Estelle Getty playing Sylvester Stallone’s mother. It’s the classic tale of a tough detective whose mom’s love for him is demonstrated by cleaning up after him — at home and on the streets.

From Mother’s Day movie ideas to putting together the perfect brunch for mom, look to LTD Commodities for unique ideas and products to make mom smile year-round.

Items We Adore: Product Picks for Mother’s Day

We have exactly one month until Mother’s Day — that seems like a lot of time, but when the sun is shining, time can get away from us! We thought we’d help you out with a little gift planning, so we’ve picked out a few items we think mom would like. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: Product Picks for Mother’s Day.heart-handprint-charms

Charm Mom Give mom a little something sparkly to carry thoughts of her little ones on a Birthstone Heart Handprint Charm. Heart-shaped charm has an embossed handprint and a sparkling crystal in their month’s birthstone color. It comes with a touching message printed on a card that accompanies the charm. Charm attaches to her own bracelet with a strong, lobster-claw closure. Add a few charms to the Silver Link Bracelet to start a collection of her loved one’s birthstones and her own. The more charms you add, the more meaningful her bracelet becomes.Chopped-cookbook

Feed Mom For the mom who likes to cook, this is a gift for mom and you! With The Chopped Cookbook, the question, “What’s for dinner?” will never stump you again. The cookbook shows you how to shake up weeknight dinners with 188 appetizing possibilities created with the contents of your fridge. It will guide you in making salad dressings, creating pan sauces, reinventing pastas and more.sports-mom

Equip Mom Help mom out by giving her the gift of stylish practicality with this Sports Mom Rhinestone Tote by Lyn Dorf. On each bag, crystal-clear rhinestones spell out either “Baseball”, “Football”, “Basketball” or “Soccer”. Each “M” in “Mom” is formed by clear rhinestones, with colored rhinestones creating a sports ball for the “O”. tower-planter

Grace Mom This is the gift that keeps on giving all summer long for the mom who loves her flowers. She can add her own plants to this freestanding flower tower planter to grow a tower of beautiful flowers. It has room for 30 nursery plants to grow into lush greenery. The internal watering tube distributes water and fertilizer so plants grow evenly in the display. Tower has finger-hole handles on top to easily move it around the deck or patio. Craft-Organizer

Arm Mom These Owl Print Craft Organizers take the clutter out of mom’s creative spaces! Multiple pockets make it easy for her to sort supplies and handles make them easy for mom to carry. The Tote is surrounded by 9 pockets for markers, paintbrushes, scissors and more. The Bin has 6 pockets on each side. Put needles or pens in the 4 thin pockets and scissors or rulers in the 8 wide pockets. Versatile organizers can also be used to tidy up around the house.

LTD Commodities has hundreds more ideas for Mother’s Day and holidays to come. Whether you’re looking for gifts or decor to make your celebration bright, shop LTD for products priced for fun.