I love baking. But I was always scared of yeast. It freaked me out. But I really wanted to make some homemade cinnamon rolls for thanksgiving morning. So I tried it. It wasn’t nearly as scary as I was anticipating. And homemade breads are amazing!
I recently decided to try and make a nice homemade breakfast, that takes a good amount of time, every weekend as a treat
for us. This weekend I made my cinnamon rolls, and they are just amazing. Seriously. They are gooey, warm, delicious rolls of heaven😉
I used bread flour this time, it added the perfect cinnamon roll texture. But I have used all purpose flour, and it works just fine.
For the rolls:
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 cup warm milk (blood temp, meaning if you put your finger in the milk, you can’t feel the liquid around it)
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 tsp salt
4-4 1/2 cups flour (heaping-ish)
2 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
For the cinnamon filling:
1/3 cup butter softened
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons butter softened
1/3 cup (2.6 oz) softened cream cheese (I used no fat, worked great!)
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large bowl combine yeast, milk, and sugar. Let sit for around 5 minutes, or until you see a foam forming on top.
Add the rest of the dough mixture and combine. Use your hands to kneed the mixture until it no longer sticks to the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for about 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
Combine filling ingredients with a fork in a smaller bowl to create a paste.
Take risen dough onto floured surface, and stretch into a large rectangle (you can use a slightly floured rolling pin too)
Spread cinnamon filling mixture evenly on dough, using your hands is easiest for this step.
Carefully roll dough into a log, and cut into 12 segments.
Spray 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Place roll disks in pan and cover again. I usually put it the fridge overnight, to pop in the oven first thing in the morning, but you can also let it rise for about 30 minutes if making them for that day.
Preheat oven to 425°F
Bake rolls until golden brown on top (about 15 minutes).
While the rolls are baking, make frosting using hand mixer.
After pulling out rolls, spread frosting on top. I do it pretty much immediately after taking them out of the oven.
*note I live above 5000 ft, if you live at a lower elevation, lower oven temperature to 400°F, and level flour off.