Paula Deen has certainly been getting a lot of negatively publicity lately for the whole diabetes fiasco. Anthony Bourdain went so far as to call her, “the worst, most dangerous person to America…[who] revels in her unholy connections with evil corporation…[and is] proud of the fact that her food is f—ing bad for you.” Whew, harsh! Anthony Bourdain apparently has no reservations about calling people out :-P
In my humble opinion, Paula seems like a sweet lady, but it is a little shady to have diabetes for three years and to continue to cook the same unhealthy food on her show until she begins endorsing a new diabetes drug. What were her PR people thinking? As Mario Batali pointed out on Real Time with Bill Maher, it probably would have been better if she at least tried to demonstrate a healthy lifestyle before going public about her disease. But, she does not plan to change the kinds of food she cooks on her show, because she has always been one for “eating in moderation.” I do have my doubts about that.
On the other hand, consumers certainly have a responsibility to evaluate the ingredients in the food they cook and make healthy choices for themselves. We can’t simply cook or buy everything that looks good on TV…that is definitely a recipe for bad health. So there is plenty of blame to share. I just hope that cooking shows featuring healthy options become more of a rule than an exception. Can’t hurt, right?
But I digress. Whatever your thoughts about Paula Deen and the diabetes epidemic, you have to give her this: She does make wonderful desserts. My husband and I hadn’t had any sweet treats in quite a long time and I really felt like baking the other day. My conversation with my husband went as follows:
Me: Should I make a dessert?
Him: Ehh, I don’t know. What would you make?
Me: Cinnamon rolls
Lol, needless to say, he loves cinnamon rolls. And as usual, Paula Deen did not disappoint, despite all the controversy. I did cut down on the butter a bit, though.
What’s your opinion on Paula Deen?
(adapted from recipe by Paula Deen)
For the dough-
- 1/4-ounce package yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup scalded milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
For the filling-
- 2 tablespoons melted butter, plus more for pan
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for pan
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
For the glaze-
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 to 6 tablespoons hot water
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Place in well-greased bowl, cover, place on top of warm oven, and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
- When doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9-inch rectangle. Brush melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.
- Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise on top of the oven until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
- Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.