Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls
Adapted by Our Best Bites from Allrecipes, plus my own cream cheese icing

1 c. milk
4 tbsp. butter, cut into chunks
3 1/4 - 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, divided
1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp)
1/4 c. white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg

1 c. brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 c. butter, softened

Icing (the original that came with the recipe)
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1-2 tbsp. milk

Cream Cheese Icing
8 oz cream cheese, softened
6 tbsp butter, softened
3-ish c. powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 tbsp whipping cream

Dough: Place milk and 4 Tbs butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Butter should be at least partially melted. Stir and set aside. In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2 C flour, yeast, white sugar, and salt. When milk mixture has cooled to warm (not hot) add it to the flour mixture along with the egg while the beater (paddle attachment for those using a stand mixer) is running. Beat until well combined, about 1 minute. (Switch to the dough hook now) Add remaining flour only until dough barely leaves the sides of the bowl. It should be very soft and slightly sticky. Continue to let the dough knead for 5 minutes. If you are not using a stand mixer, turn dough out onto floured surface and knead for 5 minutes by hand. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and let rest for about 10 minutes while you make the filling.

Filling: make sure butter is softened well. Mix with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Assembly: Roll dough into a rectangle about 12 x 14 inches. Spread brown sugar mixture (it will be slightly thick, you might have to "crumble" it) over the surface and use your fingers or the back of a spoon to gently spread around.(This was hard for me because it wouldn't stick to my dough. Next time I make these I will spread the butter on my dough and sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar over it.) Roll up from the longer side of the rectangle and pinch edges closed. Score the roll into 12 equal pieces and then cut into rolls. Place in a 9 x 13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover pan with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. In the mean time, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

When rolls have finished rising bake for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. If desired spread with icing while still warm. Makes 12 rolls.

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