I've been making these a few times a month lately. Not to long ago, I won a great prize pack from @RedStarYeast that included 36 packets of yeast, so I've been doing quite a bit of baking!
For these cinnamon rolls, I use:
- 1/2 warm tap water
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 stick(1/3 cup) butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 cups of flour, plus extra kneading surface
- 1 packet (1/4 ounce) of yeast
First thing I do is dissolve the yeast in a small bowl of warm water. Stir it until all the yeast is dissolved, you will see bubbles start to form...this is what you want to happen. Next, in a large bowl, mix milk, sugar, melted butter, egg and salt. Add 2 cups of the flour, and mix until smooth. Add the water and yeast mixture, then the rest of the flour. Mix until the dough is easy to handle. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 5 to 10 minutes. This is the fun part! Kneading dough is easy, but if you don't know how to do it, YouTube has a bunch of great videos. If the dough becomes to sticky, add more flour and keep kneading. Place dough in a well greased bowl and cover it with either plastic wrap or a cloth, or even a paper towel. Leave in a warm place and let it sit until it doubles in size. This can take an hour to an hour and a half.
When its done rising, pour dough onto a lightly floured surface again. Punch it down and roll it flat into a rectangle shape. I use a pizza cutter to trim the edges so it's a perfect rectangle. Now for the filling. I use:
- 1/2 melted butter
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
- raisins or walnuts
Let them rise again, in a warm place for about an hour, or until they double again in size. Cook at 350 for about 1/2 hour. Cool completely then frost with a homemade glaze, that I make while they are cooking. Glaze is so easy and so much better than anything you buy in a store. What I use is:
- 3 tablespoons of butter, softened
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup of milk, plus more as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
I make these the night before for breakfast. These are perfect a lazy Sunday morning breakfast that everyone will love.