Cinnamon Rolls

8 Nov

I am so happy right now. I made cinnamon rolls for the first time. I love them. They are so warm, soft yet chewy, cinnamon-y, lovely, they are a drug.

As much as I try to refrain myself from using Paula Deen recipes, I knew right away this is the perfect recipe when I was researching for the best cinnamon roll. I love them. Love, love, love them. Swoon.

Okay I think I am already making some of you uncomfortable for loving these cinnamon buns so much. Sorry. Let me just tell you how I made them.

Adapted from Paula Deen’s Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

1/4 ounce package yeast

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 cup scalded milk (warm milk- 82 degree Celcius)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 ts salt

1 egg

3 1/2 cup flour

Filling:

1/2 cup melted butter

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tbs cinnamon

1 ts ground nutmeg

1/2 cup brown sugar for topping

Icing:

1 1/2 cup powder sugar

3 tbs butter, melted

1 ts vanilla

1/4 ts cinnamon

4 tbs hot milk

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.

2. In a large bowl, mix melted butter, milk, sugar, egg, and salt. Once mixed, add 2 cups of flour. After the mixture is smooth, add in the warm water/yeast mixture. Add in the rest of 1 1/2 cup flour, and combine until dough comes together.

 3. Take the dough and knead it on flat surface sprinkled with flour. Knead for about 5-10 minutes, then place the dough into a greased bowl and cover. Let it sit for about one and a half hour.

4. When the dough is doubled in size, knead it again for a minute and roll it out into a large rectangle (15in x 9in).

5. Prepare the filling- Mix together cinnamon, granulated and brown sugar, and nutmeg.

6. Spread melted butter (1/2 cup) all over the dough. Spread the cinnamon sugar filling all over the dough.

7. Beginning at the 15-inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.

8. Place the rolls on a buttered baking pan. Make sure you put them as closely as possible. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of brown butter on top of all rolls.

9. Let the rolls sit for about 45 minutes, until they are doubled in size.

10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once rolls are doubled in size, pop the baking pan in and bake for about 30 minutes.

Personally, I don’t like my cinnamon rolls with icing. However, I understand that most of you do. Here is the recipe for the icing: Mix melted butter, powder sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla with a whisk. Add in the warm milk slowly, until the consistency of icing forms.

Go ahead, pour that icing on the buns. Go on.

Can you smell these babies yet? I hope you can. They are beyond lovely. Please try them and tell me how much you love them!
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