Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cinnamon Rolls

These are gooey and sweet and perfect on a cold Saturday morning. These are not healthy, but you gotta live sometimes. Also, instead of the last rise, you can cover these and put them in the fridge to bake the next morning. Simply pull them out of the fridge and let come to room temperature, then bake as directed.

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) lukewarm milk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut up
  • 4 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed. (this will be very sweet, you can easily cut this in half and it will still be great).
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • one 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups glazing or confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Combine all of the dough ingredients in a large mixing bowl, stirring till the mixture becomes cohesive. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled work surface, and knead it for 5 to 8 minutes, till it’s smooth. Or knead it in an electric mixer, using the dough hook, for 4 to 7 minutes at medium speed. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turn to grease all sides, cover the bowl with a proof cover or plastic wrap, and let it rise for 60 minutes, till it’s nearly doubled in bulk.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and roll it into a 16 x 21-inch rectangle. Spread the dough with the 1/3 cup butter. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle it evenly over the dough.
  3. Starting with a short end, roll the dough into a log, and cut it into 12 slices. Place the buns in a lightly greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Cover the pan with a proof cover or plastic wrap, and let the buns rise until they’re nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. Bake the buns in a preheated 400°F oven until they’re golden brown, about 15 minutes (if you put this in the fridge overnight, baking time will be closer to 20-25 minutes). While the buns are baking, make the icing. 
  5. Icing: In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Spread the icing on the buns while they’re warm.  


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