I have had a serious bread making obsession these days. I have chosen a few basic breads, some savory breads and have had successes studded with the occasional failure. All in all its been fun, and educational. Its like chemistry mixed with home ec. So, this afternoon I had the brilliant idea to make some cinnamon rolls. Who doesn’t love a cinnamon roll?
I thought it was going to be a tremendous undertaking, but really is an easy process. It takes a while to make, only due to the few hours needed to let the dough rest between segments. The end result is well worth the wait, as with most things in life. They are tender and delicious, cream cheesy and the brown sugar has a warm satisfying sweetness.
Trust me, if I can pull this off, with 2 kids driving race cars around the kitchen and drooling over the smell, anyone can do it!
What you need:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 5-6 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1/3 cup soft butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
What you do:
Add the brown sugar ( I chose a mix of light and dark, only because that’s what I had on hand) and butter to a stand mixer or your mixing bowl. Beat together until light and fluffy, should look like this:
|Yours might be slightly lighter than mine, that’s because I added the dark brown sugar.|
Add the eggs, one at a time, being sure the completely incorporate each egg before adding the next. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally during mixing.
Add the water and milk together in a small sauce pan and just warm thru. Add it to your batter, along with the cinnamon, salt and yeast. Mix again on low until everything is well blended. Start adding your flour in. Start with 2 cups, and mix well. Add the flour in little by little until the dough is too tough to mix. Pour out dough onto well floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes. Add flour as needed, you want the dough to be soft, but not sticky.
|If using a mixer, start on low speed, so you don’t wear the flour!|
|Dough should be soft and pliable, but not sticking to your hand. Don’t add too much flour! Go slow and incorporate flour completely!|
|Rolled up. Make sure to seal the seam by pinching it|
|I didnt use the ends of the roll, thats totally up to you.|