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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

It’s cold and rainy here in Nairobi and I’m totally enjoying my coffee in this weather but my sweet tooth always craves a small bite of something sweet to go with the perfect mix of Kenyan AA and Ethiopian Gourmet ground coffee. I remember having some yummy Cinnabon coffee and rolls, waiting for the rain to subside while shopping in a mall in Delhi. Anyway, I came home this evening, determined to try out a recipe that I felt might work.  I’m happy to announce it did, and these cinnamon rolls are made with only three ingredients! 

Enjoy and let me know how they turn out.  


1 tube ready rolled puff pastry (I used Lyons Maid, widely available locally) 

1 heaped tablespoon cinnamon sugar ( or make your own using 1/4 teaspoon powdered cinnamon and one table spoon brown or caster sugar)

2 table spoons raisins 


Preheat oven to 200C. Roll out the thawed pastry and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar all over. Spread the raisins on the pastry. I always add extra raisins, by the way! Roll the pastry and wrap its cellophane paper back around it and put in the freezer for five minutes. 

Easy ingredients, roll it all out, then roll it up!

While the pastry is in the freezer, brush a glass dish with a little butter. Remove pastry from freezer and slice into half inch rolls. Put these rolls next to each other in the baking dish and don’t worry if they’re touching each other. Take a pinch of the cinnamon sugar and sprinkle all over the rolls, then put dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. 

Brush with butter, slice into half inches, place in dish.

While the rolls are baking, take a tablespoon of icing sugar with a few drops of water and mix a paste. I drizzled this over the rolls once they were out of the oven and slightly cooled. This is optional but it’s yummy! It made the rolls a bit sticky and soft and the kids loved it. 

The result? Voila! I was so pleased! They tasted delicious and went great with vanilla ice cream as a dessert. 

Delicious cinnamon rolls!

Very easy to make and with only three ingredients. I’ll definitely be making these more often. Let me know how yours turn out! 

(Cina)Bon Apetit! 


How much is too much? 

I’ve always been accused of tipping ‘too much’. There’s no such thing. People, in especially the service industry, slog a lot. I have got this receipt from when I was in Mumbai in 2008. My total was Rs. 311 & I put down a Rs. 500 note and asked him to keep the change. 

He came back with this note written, and a sweet for me. 

It made my day. I kept the receipt. It makes me happy to read it every once in a while. 

Black Forest Coffee

I do enjoy a good Black Forest cake and was browsing online for a recipe when I found this alternative recipe – Black Forest Coffee! I tried it out and modified it a little bit and, according to me, it now tastes perfect. I’m sharing the recipe.

Also… don’t ask nutritional value or how many calories one mug has. It’s safe to say there are many! ENJOY!


  • 2 cups hot brewed coffee (I usually make mine with AA Kenyan and Ethiopian Gourmet mixed half and half)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate-flavored syrup
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  •  Whipped cream for garnish
  •  Maraschino cherries for garnish
  •  Chocolate-flavored syrup or grated milk chocolate for garnish
Divide the coffee, chocolate syrup, cherry juice, and sugar evenly between 2 mugs; mix well. Top each with whipped cream and a cherry then drizzle with chocolate syrup or grated chocolate.

Serve immediately and enjoy!