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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are absolutely delicious. They are a close cousin to honey buns. There is nothing more aromatic than the fresh smell of the rolls filling the air as they bake. They can be made in a variety of sizes. Many different glazing and toppings can be used. The most common glaze, which I prefer, is a common vanilla glaze consisting of powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. It is simple yet elegant. I did come across an interesting article on cinnamon rolls with cream cheese glazing. Although this sounds unique and interesting, I have yet to try it. When I do, I will certainly post it.
Cinnamon rolls are relatively simple to make, but they are time consuming. The longest time is simply waiting for the dough to rise. This is a great time to move onto another project. Try these today. I’m sure you will find them out of this world.
- 3 cups all purpose flour + 1/2 cup flour for dusting
- 3 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- egg wash
- 1/2 cup warm fresh milk
- 1 pack instant yeast + 1/2 cup warm water
- 4 tbsp. melted butter
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder (optional)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
1. Combine yeast with warm water at about 110 degrees. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until yeast is foamy.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar and mix until well combined. Pour in warm milk, butter and yeast mixture. Mix together until dough like. Add a table spoon of flour if too wet or water if too dry.
3. Place dough onto a floured surface. Knead for 10 to 15 minutes until smooth and elastic. Put in a bowl, cover with plastic wrapper or dampened cloth and allow to rise in a warm place for at least 1 hour or until double its volume.
4. After rising punch the dough in the center the escape the air. Roll out using a rolling pin into a rectangular shape at least 1/2 inch thick. Spread butter all over evenly. Meanwhile, combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Spread it evenly over the dough. Add nuts or raisins if you wish.
4. Tuck in the edges underneath and roll out tightly towards the end like a rolled meatloaf. Pinch the edges close to seal the roll. Cut the dough into individual pieces and place them into a greased pan or baking tray. Make sure to have a space between each roll. Cover and place in a warm place for at least 30 minutes or until double its volume.
5. After second rise, brush the top of dough with an egg wash. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for at least 20 min until golden brown. Remove and serve.