It’s been raining cats and dogs for the past week and although it shows no sign of cooling down, I’ve had a hankering for cinnamon rolls. I love baking things with cinnamon. The scent of it wafts through the house and makes it feel as though autumn is here.
Unfortunately where I live in India, there is no autumn and barely a winter. It alternates between warm, hot and humid through the year. It’s never cool enough for me in the city, although for a couple weeks the weather cools down enough in town to enjoy. So although we aren’t at that point yet, with it continuously raining, it seemed like the right time to bake some delicious cinnamon rolls.
Obviously me coming across this recipe by buzzfeed had a lot to do with my sudden craving of cinnamon!
This recipe was actually for one enormous cinnamon roll. However, I made several smaller ones. Desserts aren’t very popular at home and my husband doesn’t have any at all.
He really has no idea how much he misses out on!
So I made smaller cinnamon rolls and sent them out to my siblings.
It really is a very simple recipe! There is quite a lot of waiting time. You prepare the dough and have to let it rise for an hour. Spread the cinnamon, sugar and butter mixture and let it rise another 30 minutes. It bakes for over an hour, so better to plan accordibgly before you begin!
It is totally worth the wait though! The pastry is soft as butter and the amount of cinnamon perfectly balances with the sweetness of the cream cheese glaze.
Remember, when rolling out the dough, do it lightly. Because of the yeast, it would have risen to double its size and you do not want to push all of the air out and lose it’s softness.
The glaze takes a couple minutes to be absorbed by the rolls so if not serving immediately, then wait a couple minutes before covering to store.#
If you try out this recipe or simply love it, then please let me know! Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram and I’ll be sure to check it out! ♥
HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS
Rolls – Dough
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups whole milk, warm to touch
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 packet active dry yeast
5 cups flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
- Butter a cake pan generously along the sides and bottom.
- In a large bowl, mix the melted butter along with the milk and granulated sugar. The milk should not be too hot as this will affect the yeast. The mixture should be between 100-110°F (40°C). If hotter, allow it to cool.
- Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture and let it sit for one minute.
- Add 4 cups of the flour to the milk mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. It will be a sticky dough so just mix until the flour is incorporated completely.
- Cover the bowl with plastic or a towel and set in a warm place for an hour to let the yeast rise.
- Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C).
- After an hour, the dough would have risen and doubled in size. Uncover and add about 3/4 cup of the remaining flour. Add the baking powder and salt and mix.
- Flour the surface you will roll the dough out on and turning it out of the bowl, knead gently, adding flour as you go, until the dough is no longer sticky.
- Roll the dough out into a rectangle, making sure the edges are sharp, about a 1/2 inch thick.
- Combine the ingredients of the filling and spread onto the dough using a silicon spatula evenly, spreading it out till the edges.
- Using a knife or pizza cutter, evenly cut straight lines along its width. Roll from one end of the strip to the other. If making separate rolls, then place one rolls into the cake pan and move on to the next. However, if making one big cinnamon roll, then place the first roll on the edge of the next strip and continue rolling along all remaining strips of dough.
- Place the roll(s) into the cake pan and cover with plastic. Place in a warm spot for 30 minutes and leave to rise. The cinnamon roll(s) will expand to the edges.
- Remove plastic and bake for 45 minutes. Cover with aluminium foil once the 45 minutes are over and bake for an additional 35 minutes.
- While it is baking, prepare the frosting. Whisk together the cream and butter. Add in vanilla, whole milk and powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
- Remove the cinnamon roll(s) and leave to cool in pan for 20 minutes. Remove from pan and drizzle frosting before serving.
Recipe adapted from buzzfeed.com