Puffed Pastry Cinnamon Rolls, A Cookbook Review & Giveaway!

Posted on by on April 1st, 2012 | 17 Comments »

As you get older you tend to look back at people who have come into your life. Those that have stayed and those who went. Some who have made lasting impressions and some who were merely acquaintances. If you are lucky, you find people who become lifelong friends. They become your rock, your shoulder to cry on, your family.

When I moved across the world and left behind all that I knew. I found myself feeling like a young child again starting camp or being put in a class with none of my friends. I was lucky enough to find a friend who over the past year and a half has become so much more.
Is it possible to have a friend soul mate? I say yes. We share the same outlook on life and bond over our shared passions. She has become my partner in exploring this crazy and wonderful country we now live in and is someone to laugh, cry, share the frustrations of being a medical school wife with and now share the excitement of my pregnancy!

Most of you know her as the very talented food blogger/photographer, Katherine Martinelli. And, I am so lucky to know her has my friend.  I have experienced her cooking first hand and can tell you that she is such a talented cook. We have traveled through Israel in search of amazing food and ingredients and she is a constant inspiration. If you haven’t yet been to Katherine’s blog I urge you to go and browse through her amazing recipes and mouthwatering photos.


OK, so this post isn’t just about me waxing poetically about my wonderful friend. It has to do with food as well. I am so proud and excited to promote Katherine’s first cookbook; Puffed Pastry at Brunch. A wonderful 10 recipe e-cookbook that you can have on your computer, iPad, Kindle or Nook in one click.

Now, I’m not just plugging this cookbook because Katherine is my friend, I made the puffed pastry cinnamon rolls as soon as I downloaded a copy on my Kindle. If you can believe these cinnamon rolls are just as good as any regular cinnamon rolls and they only take about 30 minutes to whip up! I’m not sure what could be better than that. They were gooey, flaky and filled with cinnamon deliciousness. The tangy cream cheese frosting just put them over the top. I made them to bring to a brunch and ended up having to put some aside so my husband and I could enjoy them. I mean, just look at these photos, wouldn’t you want to eat one (or two) of these? My tip; make a double batch.

I also helped Katherine cook each of the 10 recipes this book offers for a book launch brunch we had for her. Each recipe is so easy to follow, has great tips and suggestions, wonderful photos and being that they are made with puffed pastry, they are pretty easy and fast to put together. I think the silence in the room when everyone was eating and the ‘oohhs’ and ‘ahhhs’ after are testament enough to how great the recipes are.

You can have your own copy of this wonderful e-cookbook (which includes the recipe to these incredible cinnamon rolls) by heading over to the Amazon Kindle Store  or Barnes and Noble’s Nook Store. If you don’t have an iPad or e reader you can download Kindle for mac here and for PC here. The e-cookbook is only $2.99 so really, there is no excuse not to head over right now and get a copy! You will be not only be supporting a wonderful and talented food blogger/cookbook author  but you will also have 10 delicious recipes to try out for your next brunch!

I love the recipes in here so much I want to give a free download to one of you lucky readers. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below and tell me your favorite thing to make with puffed pastry! The winner will be chosen at random on April 25th and will be contacted  at the email address provided in the comment form.

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  1. Posted on: 4-1-2012

    Awww Beth you’re making me cry!!! I love you SO much!!! You are the absolute best friend I could ever ask for and I am so lucky to have you as a friend soul mate 😀

  2. Posted on: 4-2-2012

    This is so sweet! One of my favorite puff pastry recipes is pears poached in red wine baked in puff pastry.

  3. Posted on: 4-2-2012

    What a gorgeous post – food and writing wise my friend!
    I am so happy you are back 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru
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  4. Posted on: 4-2-2012

    Oh my word… this is such a great use of puff pastry! I have some in my freezer and totally know what I am going to use it for!

  5. Posted on: 4-2-2012

    These sound delicious. I love the idea of the puff pastry used for cinnamon rolls!

  6. Posted on: 4-2-2012

    Such a great friendship you two have! I loved reading about your foodie adventures together 🙂 And I love, love these cinnamon rolls…I made them, too, and couldn’t keep my paws off of them. I must admit, yours look so much better than mine, but I that only justifies baking up another batch! Great book review~

  7. Posted on: 4-3-2012

    I already purchased the e-book, actually the first recipe I want to try is precisely the cinnamon rolls … can’t wait to make it …

  8. Posted on: 4-3-2012

    Oh my goodness. I love puffed pastry on anything and everything. However, it’s never occurred to me to make cinnamon rolls with it! I love this. What a fabulous idea. (Oh, and my favorite thing to make w/ puff pastry is strawberry and goat cheese tarts!).

  9. Posted on: 4-3-2012

    I’ve really enjoyed reading the article. I’ve already seen the cookbook announced on Katherine’s blog and it’s a wonderful achievement. I’m probably very classical thinking here, but when I think of puff pastry, I directly think of millefeuille.

  10. Posted on: 4-3-2012

    Ohhhh Beth! First of all CONGRATS on your pregnancy! I haven’t had much time for blog hopping lately… so I missed the news completely! I am so thrilled for you guys!!! :-)))))

    I can’t wait to read Katherine’s book! I love puff pastry! I often use it to make savory pies or a quick version of Apfel Struedel! 🙂

  11. Posted on: 4-4-2012

    Such a beautiful post for a beautiful friendship. Katherine’s book sounds perfect…just what I need to make it through these next few weeks of brunches and breakfast parties. Thank you for sharing. I hope you are having a wonderful Spring week!

  12. Posted on: 4-4-2012

    Wow! perfect use of puff pastry and is such so easy and quick….Right? Love cinnamon taste.

  13. Sonyanijntje
    Posted on: 4-5-2012

    Cinnamon rolls, yay! 😛
    I also love stuffing puffpastry with a mixture of apples, raisins, cinnamon, sugar and a drop of lemonjuice! My sister likes stuffing the sheets with cheese :P.

  14. Posted on: 4-7-2012

    First things first: Congratulations on your pregnancy!

    I’m so happy for you two to have found soul mates in each other. It is a rare and precious thing and from what i looks like, it can last for a lifetime. 😉

    Katherine sure is a talented blogger (so are you. HA!) which is pretty my proven by this recipe haha

    My favourite thing to make with puff pastry? Hmmmm Apple Strudel? 😉


  15. Posted on: 4-10-2012

    Layers of cinnamon and sugar phyllo bread, small apples!!! Yum!!! Works with any kind of fruit and a little imagination!

  16. TessU
    Posted on: 4-19-2012

    Thank you and congratulations!!!!

    I love cheese puff/

  17. Sue Goldian
    Posted on: 4-19-2012

    They look delicious, and I have a package of puff pastry in my freezer with a sell by date in early May, so I’d love to make them….. but there doesn’t seem to be a recipe. Or am I missing something here?

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