The Recipe: Cinnamon Rolls

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For those of you who commented (I love receiving comments btw! 🙂 ) here is the cinnamon roll recipe. I use a sour cream glaze which is different than the cream cheese glaze that the original recipe called for. I just think it gives it a lighter taste, and I don’t always have cream cheese on hand as much as I do sour cream. 🙂

Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets
  • 8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Reserved) All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp.  Salt
  • Plenty Of Melted Butter (about 1 stick)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon
  • _____
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup softened butter
    1/2 cup sour cream
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    A generous pinch of salt
    Powder sugar to taste and consistency, about 2-3 cups

Preparation Instructions

For the dough, heat the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat to just below a boil. Set aside and cool to warm. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit on the milk for 1 minute.

Add 8 cups of the flour. Stir until just combined, then cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a relatively warm place for 1 hour. After 1 hour, remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the remaining 1 cup flour. Stir thoroughly to combine. Use the dough right away, or place in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days, punching down the dough if it rises to the top of the bowl. (Note: dough is easier to work with if it’s been chilled for at least an hour or so beforehand.)

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

To assemble the rolls, remove half the dough from the pan/bowl. On a floured baking surface, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 30 x 10 inches. The dough should be rolled very thin.

To make the filling, pour 3/4 cup to 1 cup of the melted butter mixed with the vanilla, over the surface of the dough. Use your fingers to spread the butter evenly. Mix the sugars and sprinkle it evenly over the butter. Generously sprinkle ground cinnamon over the sugars. Don’t be afraid to drizzle on more butter or more sugar! Gooey is the goal.

Now, beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly towards you. Use both hands and work slowly, being careful to keep the roll tight. Don’t worry if the filling oozes as you work; that just means the rolls are going to be divine. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is face down. When you’re finished, you’ll wind up with one long buttery, cinnamony, sugary, gooey log.

Slip a cutting board underneath the roll and with a sharp knife, make 1/2-inch slices. Pour a couple of teaspoons of melted butter into disposable foil cake pans and swirl to coat. Place the sliced rolls in the pans, being careful not to overcrowd.

Repeat the rolling/sugar/butter process with the other half of the dough and more pans. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover all the pans with a kitchen towel and set aside to rise on the countertop for at least 20 minutes before baking. Remove the towel and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown. Don’t allow the rolls to become overly brown.

While the rolls are baking, make the icing: Whip all of the ingredients in a bowl, adding powder sugar until the icing is the consistency you like.  The icing should be somewhat thick but still very pourable.

Remove pans from the oven. Immediately drizzle icing over the top. Be sure to get it all around the edges and over the top. As they sit, the rolls will absorb some of the icing’s moisture and flavor. They only get better with time… not that they last for more than a few seconds.

Enjoy! 

Jessica the Baker

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