Cinnamon Rolls

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Cinnamon rolls were always something that intrigued me, but I hated cinnabon because they were too sweet! I mean, just the cinnamon roll itself is sweet and when you add the icing? Talk about sweetness overload. So I did what any normal baker like myself would do when we find things to be unappealing to our tastebuds. I made them myself. I found this recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks of all time. My Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. Yes I am a nerd and yes I play college Quidditch as a seeker on the NYU Nundu.

Ingredients:

Dough:
-1/4 cup warm water
-1 tablespoon dry active yeast
-1 tablespoon granulated sugar
-2/3 cup whole milk
-1/4 stick (4 tablespoons) butter
-3 cups AP flour
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-2 eggs
-1/3 cup granulated sugar
Filling:
-1 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted)
-1/4 cup dark brown sugar (tightly packed)
-1 tablespoon cinnamon
Icing:
-1 cup confectioner’s sugar
-4 ounces cream cheese
-1 tablespoon heavy cream
-1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Combine the water, yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in a mixing bowl and set aside until puffy. Heat the milk and butter until the butter is melted and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and 1/3 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add in the milk and butter and mix until well combined.
  2. Whisk together the flour and salt in yet another bowl. Gradually add in the yeast mixture and the egg mixture until it is well combined. Knead the dough with either a electric mixer (using a dough hook) or on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  3. Place the dough in a oiled bowl, turning to coat the dough, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place (about 40 celsius or 104 Fahrenheit) until the dough doubles in size (about an hour and a half to two hours)
  4. Meanwhile make the cinnamon sugar filling and the icing (store the icing in the fridge)
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until it is a 16 by 12 inch rectangle. Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle it with cinnamon-sugar. Roll it up into a neat little cylinder and cut into slices. You should have about 12 slices.
  6. Lay the rolls into a prepared pan and leave them to rise again for about an hour or two.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit (176-177 Celsius) and bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pan after 10 minutes.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting it onto a serving platter and spread the icing over the rolls.


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Hugs and puppies!

Mimi

P.S Again, apologies for the crappy photo quality. One day I’ll get a nice camera and take a photography class or something

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