Baking is something I enjoy the most during holiday season. The aroma of baking bread, cake, cookies and cinnamon rolls are amazing. It gives the feel of Christmas.
During November and December I bake something or other for breakfast. Most of the days is going to be hectic. So having a good and filling breakfast is a priority for me. Recently I made cinnamon rolls during the week of thanksgiving. The smell of cinnamon while baking is just heaven for perfect winter.
Ingredients for rolls,
3½ cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup of whole milk
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup of warm water
1 package of dry yeast
2 tbsp of unsalted butter, melted (to brush over cinnamon rolls)
Ingredients for filling,
1/2 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1¼ tbsp of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of unsalted butter, melted
Ingredients for glaze,
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1¼ cups of powdered sugar
3 tbsp of warm milk
1 tbsp of unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup of cream cheese, room temperature
To a warm cup of water add a tsp of sugar. Stir a little and sprinkle the yeast all over the warm water. Temperature of water should be around 115F. ( I microwaved water for about 15 seconds)
Let it sit for about 10 mins.
To a stand mixer bowl add butter, milk, sugar and egg. Mix them at low speed for about a minute. Now add in the yeast. Mix it again at low speed for about a minute.
At low speed start adding all purpose flour, one cup at a time. The mixture will be bit sticky. That is how it should be. If you feel its very sticky, by all means you can add a quarter cup of all purpose flour.
Once the mixture comes together, increase the speed to medium and mix for about 4 mins. You will get a smooth dough.
Now place dough in a vegetable oil coated bowl. Cover it and store the bowl in a warm spot to rise. For about 2 hrs. The dough will double in size.
Mix all the dry ingredients under filling.
Flatten the dough, brush it with butter. And spread the brown sugar filling evenly over the flattened dough. Roll it and seal the end with waters. Cut the rolls at 1.5 inch length.
Place the rolls on a buttered baking pan or pie dish. Let it rise for about 1 hour. The rolls will double in its size.
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Brush on top with butter. Bake for about 30 minutes.
Mix all the ingredients under glaze. Until nice and smooth.
Pour the glaze over the cinnamon rolls.
Glaze will ooze into the ridges of the cinnamon rolls.
Tasty!!! Make your holiday season special with some cinnamon rolls.