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May 15, 2010 10:40 PM

Use for Leftover Cinnamon Rolls?

I have a dozen day old glazed cinnamon rolls that I want to turn into something else. First that came to mind was french toast or maybe bread pudding. Anyone have a better idea?

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  1. i first thought of french toast, but a brandied bread pudding would be decadently delicious, too! i don't know of any more perfect use, unless you made a trifle-like concoction. or, make this version of a bread pudding -- to play off the cinnamon in the rolls: pull the rolls apart and put in a baking dish, dot with butter, add some walnuts and fresh chopped apples (and dates or raisins?), fill in with custard cream base and bake.

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    1. re: alkapal

      Yes, not too many options other than bread pudding, trifle, or French Toast. I like the apple/date/walnut addition suggestion for the bread pudding.

      For a trifle, try layering mascarpone lightened with whipped cream, flavored with vanilla and orange zest, in a trifle bowl lined with cinnamon roll slices. Add a layer of chopped walnuts, plumped raisins and brown sugar, cubed cinnamon rolls, sprinkle the bread cubes with a little dark rum, add more mascarpone and repeat until bowl is full. Top with whipped cream.

      1. re: bushwickgirl

        ah, dark rum! i like the orange zest idea very much.
        a rum or brandy sauce would be good to serve with the baked custard, too.

      1. Another option is chopping up & adding to a vanilla base for ice cream

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        1. re: Cherylptw

          Yes, I bet you could throw the chunks in when the ice cream is almost finished churning, too. I always wanted to make the brown bread and Guinness ice cream, btw. Vanilla ice cream with cinnamon roll chunks, I'm surprised Ben & Jerry haven't marketed it yet.

            1. re: Emme

              But of course they do, silly me for doubting them and thinking they were kinda slow on the uptake! I should have checked their website. I haven't seen that flavor, otherwise I would have known; we have a rather limited supply at my local bodega. I haven't had the Boston Cream Pie or the Magic Brownies either. I wonder what's in the Brownies that makes them magic? Meant something else entirely in my day...

        2. if not bread pudding or trifle or ice cream...

          stick em in the waffle iron and let the outside caramelize even further...

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          1. re: Emme

            Emme! you're brilliant!

            Having just read this, I'm going to actually make some yeast-risen rolls (perhaps with cinnamon; perhaps with pecans) and then smoosh 'em in my (old faithful) waffle Iron. Why? Because the thought of buttering up the waffle-press and heating up all that cinnamon-y goodness is too much for me to resist.

            And, yes, darn it, I'm on a diet so it will not be without a modicum of guilt that I do this. What a great project for a sunny day!

            1. re: Emme

              This does sound really good. I wonder if you can just use yeast dough w/ cinnamon sugar butter in the waffle maker. A little like liege waffles.

            2. Cut into strips, dip them in batter and make "cinnamon roll fritters".