Yesterday was pie baking day -- my contribution to Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's is 2 pumpkin pies and one pecan pie. I made them completely from scratch and I have to say that making the crust isn't really that difficult -- especially if you have a food processor. The pumpkin pies did take about 30 minutes longer to cook than Martha said they would, but the pecan pie was ready to come out of the oven after 60 minutes, just as she said. I just pulled both recipes off the Martha Stewart website because I was a bit lazy.
Then at about 8pm I lost my mind and decided that since I had been baking all day anyway, I should just make cinnamon rolls from scratch too. I made the dough, let it rise, rolled it out, filled it, shaped it and put it in a pan in the fridge overnight and baked them and glazed them this morning. It really wasn't all that difficult and I'm wondering why I don't do this more often.
I used what is quickly becoming my favorite baking book for the recipe -- Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking. I just changed things up a bit (2X the cinnamon filling, 2X the glaze, only cut into 12 instead of 16 pieces, etc.) This is the cookbook I used as the basis for the awesome cherry white chocolate scones I made a while back. Williams-Sonoma has excellent cookbooks!
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it!