Friday, September 28, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls and Coffee

I had "cinnamon rolls" for breakfast. Cinnamon rolls hold a special place in my heart. All of that gooey cinnamon and sugar rolled up in rich pastry dough, served with a cup of fresh brewed coffee with just the right amount of vanilla creamer makes the rest of my day a little brighter. So you can imagine my delight when I found this in the freezer at my local grocery store.  They are made by Kinnikinnick Foods.

I was perusing the gluten free pasta and had turned to go to the checkout when I spotted this package through the partially frosted door of the freezer.  Surely they aren't gluten free and are just in the wrong spot, I thought.  When I opened the door and withdrew the package so I could read it more thoroughly I gasped in delight.  "They are gluten free!"  I exclaimed out loud, garnering myself a strange look from the lady buying six boxes of organic cereal and two boxes of chocolate snack cakes. I thought about those cinnamon rolls all night. Several times while watching the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory (which was excellent by the way) I was tempted to eat one. "No," I told myself. "You will be unhappy with yourself if you eat a cinnamon roll now. Save it for morning when you can have a cup of coffee with it." So I dreamed about cinnamon rolls, and woke up early (with a big drool spot on my pillow) so I could have one. I brewed coffee from freshly ground beans and added my favorite vanilla creamer. The cinnamon rolls are frozen, so I carefully placed one on a plate and heated it in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Isn't it beautiful?

I bit into it, waiting for the taste of cinnamon to explode in my mouth. And I waited, and I waited. I rolled the bite around my tongue a little, and chewed and swallowed. It looks like there is cinnamon in these cinnamon rolls. You can see it. But I couldn't taste it. The pastry itself was kind of rubbery, but you can expect that from pretty much any packaged and frozen baked goods, gluten free or not. It was sweet, and it tasted good, but I don't think Kinnikinnick Foods should call these Cinnamon Buns. Maybe they should change the name to Sweet Rolls instead.  So, although I was disappointed by the lack of cinnamon, and I did eat more than one from different ends of the package to make sure, these rolls are still a good breakfast treat and were excellent with my coffee.  But I will be continuing my search for the perfect gluten free cinnamon roll, even if I have to make it myself.

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