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Amazing, Better Than Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

 

 

Just recently I’ve had an extreme craving for cinnamon rolls, like extreme extreme. The day I started craving them, I decided to make an “easy/fast” recipe that took about an hour to make. No bueno. My breastfeeding cravings were not satisfied. So, my journey continued.

I happened upon a recipe that I found here and it looked and sounded amazing! I tweaked the recipe just a little bit and I whole heartedly think that everyone should make these. But also, try not to eat half the pan in a day… cause I did… oops.

So here it is!

For the Dough:
  • 1 cup scalded whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4+ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
For the Cinnamon Filling:
  • 1 cup brown sugar,packed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter,softened
  • 2 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
For the Creamy Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions:

1. Set the butter, eggs and cream cheese out to warm to room temperature. Place the milk in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil. The moment it reaches a boil, remove from heat. (This process is called scalding, and it ensures the milk doesn’t effect the yeast’s ability to rise. Don’t skip!).
2. Pour the hot milk into the bowl of an electric mixer and add 1/2 cup butter, to bring the temperature down. Stir and allow the butter to melt completely. Then stir in the sugar. Touch the milk mixture to test the temperature. It should be close to luke warm. If it is not, add 1/2 cup flour and test again. Once it is just above room temperature, stir in the yeast and let it foam for approximately 10 minutes. (Hot liquid can kill yeast.)
3. Place the bread hook on the mixer and turn on low. Add the eggs, salt, and remaining flour up to 4 cups. Allow the mixer to “knead” the dough until it pulls away from the sides. Run the mixer for approximately 10 minutes to allow the dough to stretch and develop the gluten. If the dough seems too sticky after the first 2-3 minutes add an additional 1/4 cup flour. After 10 minutes, turn the mixer off. Cover the top with plastic, and allow the dough to rise until double in size, approximately 60-90 minutes in a warm kitchen.
For the Cinnamon Filling: Mix the brown sugar, softened butter, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth. Keep at room temperature until ready to use.
4. Dump the inflated dough out on a well-floured work surface. Fold into thirds and press flat. Then turn and fold into thirds again and press into a rectangle. Roll the rectangle out into a large 16 X 20 inch sheet.
5. Using a large flat spreader, spread the cinnamon filling over the sheet into a thin layer. Leave 1 1/2 inches bare (cinnamon-free) on one long edge. Be careful not to gouge holes in the dough. Starting at the cinnamon-covered long edge, roll the dough sheet tightly toward the uncovered edge to form a long tight log. Place a piece of parchment paper in a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Then cut the log into 12 equal rolls. Tuck the loose end under each roll to secure it, and place them in the baking dish to rise.
6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Allow the rolls to rise for at least 30 minutes while the oven heats. Then bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are BARELY golden and the center of each roll is puffed high up.
Optional: I like to put a slice of butter on each roll right when they come out of the oven, let it melt into the roll before icing to make the cinnamon rolls nice and buttery and soft! But that’s just me!
For the Creamy Glaze: While the rolls are in the oven, beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar together until completely smooth. The moment the rolls come out of the oven, gently spread half the glaze over the tops and allow it to seep down into the cracks. Five minutes later, add more glaze if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

And there ya go! These cinnamon rolls can even be frozen after rising the second time and baked the next day for breakfast!

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