Monday, January 20, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients for Dough:
3 3/4 - 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsps. active dry yeast
3/4 cup skim milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs

1/4 very warm water

Ingredients for Filling:
4 tbsps. melted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 tsps. ground cinnamon

Ingredients for Frosting (Optional, I love them by themselves):
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 skim milk

Step 1: MAKE DOUGH Using a measuring cup combine water with a pinch of sugar, then sprinkle yeast over the top and allow up to 10 minutes to react.
Step 2: In a small pan heat milk, butter and sugar on medium heat.  Whisk until combined, do not let scald. 
Step 3: Using your mixer with the dough hook attachment, add remaining dry ingredients (salt and flour).  Combine all ingredients into mixer and wait for them to blend together stopping to scrap the side occasionally.
Step 4: Spray a large bowl lightly with canola oil, scrap dough into bowl turning to coat and cover with plastic wrap.  Set aside until dough is doubled in bulk (1-1 1/2 hrs.).
Step 5: Punch down dough and remove dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Separate into two dough piles.  Roll each out into a large rectangle.
Step 6: MAKE FILLING Melt butter and brush lightly onto each rectangle.  Stir together sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle onto each half evenly using a spoon.  
Step 7: Roll each rectangle tightly then slice into about 3 inch sections and place into a lightly sprayed baking dish.
Step 8: Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover and let rise for about 45 mins.-1 hr.  Then bake for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven.
Step 9: MAKE FROSTING Let cool slightly and top with desired amount of frosting.  


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