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Posted on December 4, 2008 at 7:27 am
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Ohhh, the smell of cinnamon rolls!  The wafting aroma of IKEA coffee – FREE coffee, even if you get there before 10am.  And who doesn’t get there early for the 99 cent breakfast in the IKEA restaurant? Swedish meatballs and cream sauce* with lingonberry preserves (Did you know you can BUY Lingonberry Preserves ONLINE?) on the side, smoked salmon aka Gravad Lax, and those yummy double chocolate cookies, also known as chokladflarn – dubbla chokladflarn to be precise.

But egads!  The calories add up!  One minute you think you’re having a healthy shrimp salad sandwich, and next thing you know you’re staring at a pile of mayonnaise and hard-boiled eggs!  What gives?

We wanted to know more about the food at IKEA – calories, fat, carbs, protein.  The usual stuff.  We also wanted to know just what IS a serving size of one of those cinnamon buns?  (Hint:  Take home a 6 pack of cinnamon rolls from the Swedeshop and you’re looking at breakfast for 11 of your closest friends.  And you.) We found out more than we wanted to know here: IKEA Food: Nutritional Information.

Once you’ve gotten over your shock, you can make yourself a yummy IKEA breakfast with those cinnamon rolls. It will help with recovery.  Recipe after the jump…

4 IKEA cinnamon rolls – Buy the 6 pack…you know you’ll eat 2 in the car on the way home anyway
4 eggs
1 1/3 cups half & half or wimp out and use milk
1 1/2 teaspoons good vanilla
2 Tablespoons granulated table sugar
1/4 teaspoons high quality ground cinnamon
A good slab of butter (about 3 Tablespoons)

The night before, slice cinnamon rolls in half horizontally and place them in the fridge, cut side up on a plate to dry out a bit.

Combine eggs, half & half, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon. Whisk until blended. You can do this the night before, or in the morning depending on whether you’re assembling your IKEA stuff right away or not. You’ll be needing your energy.

At serving time, preheat oven to 400°, and place cinnamon halves in a shallow pan or baking dish. Pour egg mixture over slices. Let them soak up all that eggy goodness and weight ‘em down if they’re floaters.

Heat a heavy (cast-iron preferred, but oven-proof required!) skillet and melt the butter in it. Once it’s heated up, place the cinnamon roll slices into the pan with the sugary side down. Leave it alone until it’s golden brown, then flip.  Then tuck the whole pan in the oven.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until rolls are puffed up and golden, or until you can no longer stand it. Serve with syrup if desired – only real maple syrup will do.  Now you’re geared up to face an IKEA assembly session!

Serves 4 @ 2 pieces each. It’s enough, trust me.

And now…NOW you can die happy.  Cheers!

*Recipe for IKEA Swedish Meatballs courtesy of PositiveFanatics – thanks!


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