Sunday, May 3, 2015

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls


These cinnamon rolls are super easy to make and sooo good! I made two batches and it only took 30 to 45 minutes before they were ready to rise and go in the oven.
I've added my own input/variations, but this recipe is originally from allrecipes.com (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cinnamon-Rolls-III/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=1306).

Prep time: Approx. 1 1/2 to 2 hrs (includes rising time)
Cook time: 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees
Makes approx. 16 mid-size cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

STEP 1 (dough): 
1/4 cup water (room temp so as to activate yeast)
1/4 cup melted/room temp butter
1/2 package of instant vanilla pudding mix- 3.4 oz (I used a whole package as others suggested)
1 cup warm milk (again, warm but not hot to activate the yeast)
1 egg (best if at room temp)
1 TBSP white sugar
1/2 TSP salt
4 cups of bread flour
1 package of active dry yeast (I used approx. 3/4 of a TBSP from a jar of yeast)

STEP 2 (cinnamon mix) :
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
4 TSP ground cinnamon
Optional: 3/4 cups chopped nuts

STEP 3 (frosting): 
4 ounces (1/2 a normal package) of softened cream cheese
1/4 cup of softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 TSP vanilla extract
1 1/2 TSP milk

Directions: 

In your mixer, combine all of the ingredients from step one and mix at mid speed for approx. 5 minutes or until a good dough ball forms and yeast is activated.

Using a rolling pin, roll dough out on a lightly floured surface (My dough wasn't sticky so no flour was needed). Roll until your dough is approx. a 17x10 inch rectangle.

Spread 1/2 cup of softened butter from step 2 over the dough. Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar (and nuts, if desired) from step two in a bowl and sprinkle/spread over the dough. (If you press the cinnamon mixture into the dough and butter a little after spreading it will help it not all fall out when you do the cutting.)

Butter a 9x13 inch baking pan.

Roll the dough into a big "tube". Cut into 16 one inch slices and place in the buttered pan. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for approx. 45 minutes, or until the rolls have doubled in size. (I sat mine in the sun on the deck and that really helped it to rise faster.) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake rolls for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. (Our oven runs hotter than most but it still took about 17 minutes.)


FROSTING: Mix together ingredients from step three. Spread frosting over top of warm rolls. 

Eat and Enjoy!