Frosting and Cinnamon Rolls and Frosting

Cinnamon Rolls
(adapted from The Novice Housewife)

You know what's great about homemade cinnamon rolls? Besides everything, frosting. All the frosting you want. Gobs and gobs of frosting! These were pretty ooey-gooey even without the frosting, but who can say no to frosting? Not I!

Warning: these delightful treats will elicit harsh messages from loved ones.
Exhibit A: "Cinnamon rolls were delicious. Don't make them ever again. Love, Dad"

And he didn't even add any extra frosting to his cinnamon roll!

Cinnamon Rolls

dough ingredients
  • 1 c warm milk (110℉)
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 3 1/4 c all purpose flour
  • 3/4 c bread flour

filling ingredients
  • 1 c brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 c butter, softened

frosting ingredients
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Start the dough:
1) In the bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook, pour in warm milk, yeast, and 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Stir together and proof (let sit) 5 minutes, until it becomes bubbly and frothy.

2) Add the rest of the sugar, butter, salt, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, 2 cups all purpose flour, and all of the bread flour. Mix well. Turn on mixer with dough hook attachment on lowest speed.

3) With mixer on, sprinkle in the rest of the all purpose flour, 1/4 c at a time until dough cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl. Dough should be sticky but not sticky enough to stick you your hands when touched. When it gets to this point, let mixer knead for 5 minutes.

4) Remove dough from bowl, grease the dough, and place it back in the same bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

Make the filling:
5) Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Make sure butter in softened (but don't combine it with the sugar and cinnamon).

Finish the dough/Make the rolls:
6) Punch down the dough (just once, don't beat it up). On a liberally floured large clean surface, roll the dough into a 20"x30" rectangle (approximately). It should be approximately 1/4" thick or thinner if you like the bread part to be really thin. Keep moving the dough around to make sure it isn't sticking to the surface.

7) Spread softened butter over surface of dough. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture evenly on top of the butter, leaving a 1" border. Lightly press sugar mixture into the butter using a rolling pin.

8) Roll the dough into a long roll (start your rolling from the long end). Cut off the uneven ends. Using a sharp knife, slice into 12-15 pieces.

9) Place onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet about 2" apart, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for another hour.

10) Bake at 400℉ on rack just above center for about 8 minutes, or until light golden brown. Keep an eye on them so they don't get TOO brown!

Make the frosting:
11) While the rolls are baking, whip cream cheese and butter together. Stir in vanilla and lemon juice. Pour in powdered sugar and stir slowly until it starts to incorporate. Mix on high for 5 minutes. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure everything gets mixed.

12) When rolls come out of the oven, frost them using half of the frosting. This frosting will melt down into the roll. After they have cooled a bit, top them with another lovely dollop.

1 comment:

  1. I would really like one of these fresh out of the oven please! lol