4 cups skim milk (or substitute the milk of your choice almond, etc.)
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
9 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 tsps. salt
4 1/2 tsps. active dry yeast
2 cups light brown sugar
2 tsps. cinnamon
1 tbsp. melted butter
3 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
2 tsps. vanilla extract
2 tbsps. melted butter
3 tbsps. skim milk
Step 1: In a sauce pan place 4 cups milk, 1 cup butter and 1 cup sugar. Do not boil but let warm through on a medium heat (4-5 mins.). While bringing up to temperature, take out your mixer with the dough hook attachment placing 9 cups flour, 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 2 1/2 tsps. salt and 4 1/2 tsps. active dry yeast. Run the dough hook through the dry ingredients for 20 seconds to evenly disperse them.
Step 2: Run your mixer on a low speed and slowly pour in your wet ingredients stopping to scrap the sides occasionally to insure that your flour is all absorbed. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel for 1.5 hours to let rise.
Step 3: Roll out dough onto a floured surface and divide in half. Roll each half out to a large rectangle (my kids love these and like to help) approximately 12x18inches. Take the 1 tbsp. of melted butter and lightly brush the rectangle, then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up tightly and slice every 2.5-3 inches. Place in a baking dish that is lightly sprayed with canola oil about 1 inch apart and cover with plastic wrap for 20 minutes. Then repeat this process with the second half of the dough.
Step 4: Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees and remove the plastic wrap, bake for 15-20 minutes until the bottoms and tops become a golden brown. Remove and let cool while you make the icing. In a large measuring cup or small mixing bowl place your confectioners sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk together, this should be a thicker icing (if you think yours is to thin add a tbsp. of confectioners sugar until it thickens) and if you are serving the cinnamon rolls all at once evenly spread the icing over the rolls or ice individually as you serve them. Enjoy!