Saturday, May 10, 2008

My Cinnamon Rolls

Source: Dandelion Mama blog

I found this recipe awhile back on the above mentioned blog and finally gave them a try. They were the best cinnamon rolls I've had in a long time! I found that waiting to frost is best done just before you eat one. Reheat in the microwave for about 35 seconds then slather on the frosting. They will be so soft in the middle and gooey.

1/2 cup warm water
2 packages dry yeast
2 Tbsp sugar

Bloom the yeast with the sugar in the warm water, waiting for froth and bubbles.

1/2 cup instant vanilla pudding powder
1 c warm water
1/2 cup melted butter
2 lightly beaten eggs
1 tsp salt
5-6 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, with a wire whip, mix the pudding powder with the water until well combined and smooth. Add the butter, eggs and salt, whisk to combine well.
Add the bloomed yeast/sugar/water mixture and combine well.
Add flour, one cup at a time, until the dough comes together, and is still soft, but not sticky. Knead until smooth. It will feel like fat baby thighs.
Let rise in a warm, covered and lightly oiled bowl until doubled in size. About 2 hours.
Punch down, and knead again.
With a rolling pin and a lightly floured board, roll out the dough to a 34 x 22 inch rectangle. Keep moving the dough as you roll, to keep from sticking to the board.

1 cup melted butter
2 1/2 cups light brown sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon

Melt the butter and pour the whole cup on your rolled out rectangle of dough. (I told you only a few times a year!) In a separate bowl, combine with your impeccably clean hands, the sugar and cinnamon, then cover the butter-drenched dough rectangle in an even and delectable layer of cinnamon sugar.

Starting at the 22 inch side, roll the entire thing into a nice, long cinnamon tube. Seal the edge with a little bit of water on a pastry brush or your fingers.
With a serrated knife, (or even better, a piece of thread or dental floss) cut the log into 2 inch segments, and carefully move your giant cinnamon treasures to a glass pan. Put no more than 8 in a large glass Pyrex casserole dish. Do not crowd them- they will rise almost double. Whatever baking dish you use, deeper sides give the rolls a softer exterior = better.
Cover in a warm place and let them rise again until fat and happy- about two hours.

Bake at 350* for 15-18 minutes. Really, only that long. Do not over-bake. You want them to be soft, yet set, in the middle. The house will smell divine.

8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 Tbsp cream

Whip all ingredients together and smear on top of still warm rolls.


Auds Beck said...


I am going to give these a try when Cam get's back. They look really good. I have never baked my cinnamon rolls in a pyrex before so I will give it a try!!!

Hatsuho said...

that looks rreeeaallly yummy!

Sherrie Thuernagle said...

Okay, so I made these just a couple of days ago...and Dalyce, they were SO YUMMY!!! Andy says they are his favorite so far...the perfect gooeyness (is that a word?)and so soft. I definitely recommend them and will make them again! :)