K. See this next recipe is one of those MANY I told you about last week that I’ve been saving, OK hording, for awhile now.
Now this recipe uses yeast.
Their is absolutely no reason to let this intimidate you or keep you from trying it. Trust me. When these bad boys come out of the oven you’ll be glad you did.
Now these do take some time if you consider the amount of time you need to let your dough rise, but it’s pretty simple and you can asseemble the buns the night before and let them hang out in the fridge and bake them the next morning if that strikes your fancy.
I personally couldn’t wait to try them. So I baked them at 8 o’clock at night….
And had one for supper. Don’t judge.
Cinnamon Rolls ~ Adapted from Family Circle
1 (1/4 oz.) Envelope active dry yeast
1/4 C. Warm Water
3 T. Sugar
1 C. Milk
2 Lg. Eggs
1/2 stick butter, melted
4 C. All Purpose Flour + about an additional cup for kneading and rolling out
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 Stick butter, Soft
1/2 C Sugar
1 1/4 C. Brown Sugar
1 T + 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 C. Chopped Pecans
2 1/2 C. Powdered Sugar
1-4 T. Milk
Pour your milk into a saucepan and heat on medium heat until the milk just starts to boil. Remove from heat and sit aside to cool to room temperature.
While your milk is cooling sprinkle the yeast over the warm water. (Do this in a large mixing bowl, or I did it directly in the measuring cup and transferred to the bowl of my stand mixer later so I would be able to use my dough hook) Add 1 T. of sugar and let it hang out for about 5 minutes until it’s foamy. (Now here is where I transferred it to my stand mixer.) Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, butter, eggs and the cooled milk. Beat all of this together. (If you are using your stand mixer use the whisk attachment.)
Now you’ll gradually add the 4 cups of flour and salt. (If you are using your stand mixer change to your dough hook before adding the flour/salt.)
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue to mix until a soft dough comes together. Lightly four your work surface and turn dough out to kneed. Continue to kneed in up to 1 cup of additional flour if dough is sticky. You’ll want to kneed this for about 10 minutes until you have a soft smooth dough.
Grease a large bowl. Let your dough rest inside. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it hang out in a warm spot until it has doubled in size. That should take about 1 1/2 hours. (I let mine go a little longer.)
While the dough is rising prepare your filling and pans. For the pans you’ll need two 9-inch round baking pans or cast iron skillets. Spray them with cooking spray. I used a spray that also contained flour. You can also line the bottoms of the pan with waxed paper and spray that with cooking spray to further prevent sticking. I baked mine in 9-inch aluminum cake pans and didn’t have any issues not using the waxed paper.
For the filling mix the butter, sugars and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside.
Once your dough has risen you’ll punch it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface to roll it out. Your going for approximately an 18 x 12 inch rectangle of dough here. Spread your filling mixture over the dough with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula. Sprinkle with pecans or other nuts if you’re using those. Raisins might be good here too. Starting on one of the long sides roll up the dough and pinch the seam to close when you’re finished.
Cut the roll in half directly through the middle of the roll. This will give you 2 short rolls. Cut each short roll into 6 equal pieces. Place cut-side down 6 pieces to each prepared pan. If you plan to cook these now cover the pans with plastic wrap and allow the pieces to sit for about 35-50 minutes or until hey have doubled in size. If you are preparing the night before for the next morning wrap your pans in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
To bake heat your oven to 350. Remove the plastic wrap and bake until golden brown and bubbly. This should take about 30-45 minutes. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes before adding the glaze.
For the glaze add enough milk one tablespoon full at a time until you have a thick, smooth, slow pouring glaze. Pour over the tops of buns and serve.