August 16, 2013

Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls were a fun project I decided to do one afternoon off and with the lack of my baking skills, I'm pleasantly surprised how they came out. There are a bunch of improvements I would like to make next time I attempt these (such as flattening the dough even thinner so it doesn't come out as puffy, and making them mini instead of medium sized, and adding more cinnamon sugar in the middle. Try it out for yourself!

Ingredients (Cinnamon Roll):
 4 cups of flour
 2 and 1/4 teaspoons of dry yeast
1 cup of milk
1/3 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

Ingredients (Frosting):
2/3 cups of butter
4 cups of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 tablespoons of hot water

Directions (Cinnamon Roll):
Combine 2 cups of flour and dry yeast in a bowl. Set aside. Heat milk, sugar, butter, and salt. Stir in saucepan until butter is melted. Add milk mixture to the flour/yeast mixture and add eggs. Beat well. Stir in 2 cups of flour with a wooden spoon. Place dough onto floured surface and knead until soft and elastic. Shape dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl. Roll once, place a cloth towel over the bowl and let rise for 1 hour.
Then, punch dough down and place on floured surface. Divide dough in half and let rest for 10 minutes. Grease two baking pans. Divide dough again based on how many rolls you would like (I did 16 pieces for medium sized rolls, but you can cut more pieces for mini rolls or less pieces for larger rolls.) Roll your pieces into long rectangles and flatten with the palm of your hand to make them thin. Brush melted butter on the surface of each dough rectangle.
Combine 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon in a bowl. Lay and inch of the sugar/cinnamon mixture on top of the buttered rectangular dough and then roll up the dough as you would a sleeping bag. Put in the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool then cover with frosting

Directions (Frosting):
Mix all ingredients together and cover each roll as desired.

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