Cinnamon Cardamon Morning Delights

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Move over plain ol' cinnamon rolls, this treat for the morning sunrise offers a sweet surprise inside!



In a large bowl, combine warm water, Organic Valley European-style butter, and sugar. Sprinkle yeast over mixture and let stand 5 minutes, or until foamy. Stir in slightly beaten eggs, sea salt and Organic Valley Nonfat Dry Milk until combined. With a wooden spoon stir in 5 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough is formed.

On a floured surface, knead dough about 10 minutes, adding enough of the remaining 1 cup flour to make dough smooth and elastic. Put dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat, and let rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Punch down dough and on floured surface with a floured rolling pin roll into a 15- by 20-inch rectangle. Pit and mash dates. Spread date paste along the longest side of the rolled out dough. This will be the center of the finished rolls. Spread butter over dough and sprinkle with granulated sugar, cinnamon and cardamom.

With the long side facing you, roll up dough"jelly-roll style"and cut crosswise into approximately 1 1/2-inch-thick slices with a cut side down. Arrange rolls on a buttered baking sheet about 2 inches apart and let rise in a warm place until increased 1 1/2 times in bulk, about 1 hour.

While rolls are rising, preheat oven to 350F.

Brush tops of rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining sugar-n-spice mixture. Bake rolls in middle of oven until tops are pale golden, about 25 minutes.

Top with Organic Valley Cream Cheese Spread for a heavenly experience! Enjoy!


Kids in the Kitchen:

This recipe was extremely fun to make with the kids! They got to use their "big arm muscles" to stir the heavy dough and use the marble rolling pin to form a rectangle. Mikaia enjoyed "painting" the melted butter onto the dough and sprinkling the sugar/spice mixture all over the place (but mostly in her mouth).

Maya loved squishing the dates into a paste and making a "snake" for the center surprise. Rolling the dough into a cylinder took all our hands working together. Many hands make light work!

The hardest part of this culinary creation was WAITING, as the whole house smelled divine! "This is the best breakfast I have ever had in my whole entire life!" - Maya (age 6). "I want another one, the first one was too yummmy!" - Mikaia (age 3).

The very next day we had Amish carpenters over for a work party. They eyed these Morning Delights and sheepishly asked if they could partake. "Of course," I said. "Please eat the rest of them and try them with Organic Valley Cream Cheese Spread." They schmeared on the spread and raved about the combination of cardamon, dates and cream cheese. I sent them home with a bundle of Morning Delights for their wives. Enjoy!

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