Friday, January 11, 2019

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Hello everyone!
I don't know about you, but I am a huge fan of baking during the winter.
I love being in my warm house, watching the cold weather outside and smelling baked goods cooking in the oven.
I was trying to think of something new I could bake this winter and it hit me, Cinnamon Rolls.
They sounded like the perfect thing to eat my sad winter feelings away with.
Who doesn't enjoy being comforted by dough, sugar and frosting?
I went to Pinterest and found this recipe that said it was the BEST.
And let me tell you, they were gooood.
You've got to try these bad boys out.

You will need:
1 Cup of Milk, Warm
1 Tablespoon of Instant Dry Yeast
2 Tablespoons of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
3 Tablespoons of Salted Butter, Softened
1 Large Egg
3 Cups of Flour,  More If Needed

For The Filling:
1/2 a Cup of Salted Butter, Melted
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon

For The Glaze:
4 Ounces of Cream Cheese, Softened
1/4 a Cup of Salted Butter, Softened
1 to 1 and a 1/2 Cups of Powdered Sugar
1/2 a Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 to 2 Teaspoons of Milk

Warm your milk in the microwave in a safe dish for 30 - 45 seconds.
It should be warm not HOT!
Combine the warm milk, yeast and sugar in a large bowl.
Mix together for five minutes or until the yeast has become frothy.
Add the salt, butter and egg and mix until just combined.
Add in your flour slowly one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add more or less flour as needed.
The dough should be tacky but should not stick to your hands.
I used 3 and 1/2 cups but it will differ each time.
Transfer the dough to a large lightly greased bowl.
Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for one hour.
While the dough is rising make your filling.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and cinnamon until well combined.
Set aside.

Once the dough has risen, remove from the bowl and punch down to release air.
Roll the dough into a 12 X 18 inch rectangle
Brush dough with 1/2 cup of melted butter.
Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture on top of the melted butter leaving a small border around the edges so the filling won't fall out while rolling.

Roll the dough tightly lengthwise to create one long roll.
I found it best to roll pulling the dough towards me, it made it nice and tight.

Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Using string or a very sharp knife cut the roll into 12, 1 inch slices.
Place slices onto greased cookie sheet.

Cover and let rise for 30 - 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325o.
Bake rolls for 15 - 20 minutes, until golden brown.
While the rolls are baking make your glaze.

In a medium bowl mix the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
Slowly add in the powdered sugar and mix until well combined. 
 Add in the vanilla extract.
Slowly add in the milk until a drizzle like consistency is reached.

Frost rolls while they are still warm from the oven. 

The rolls turned out delicious.
And I really enjoyed making them.
I love working with fresh handmade dough.
Erik loved them so much he felt inspired to write a poem.

Cinnamon Rolls, A Haiku
Oh, Cinnamon Rolls
How I love to eat your face
Delicious, gooey

If you give these a try we would love to hear your thoughts or Haikus.
What is your favorite winter treat?

All my love, 

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