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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Meanwhile make the cinnamon sugar filling and the icing (store the icing in the fridge)
- 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.
- Lay the rolls into a prepared pan and leave them to rise again for about an hour or two.
- Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit (176-177 Celsius) and bake for 20 minutes, rotating the pan after 10 minutes.
- Cool for 10 minutes before inverting it onto a serving platter and spread the icing over the rolls.
Hugs and puppies!
P.S Again, apologies for the crappy photo quality. One day I’ll get a nice camera and take a photography class or something