THE BEST CINNAMON ROLLS [RECIPE]
05 December 2013
I don't know about the men in your life, but my husband sort of has an obsession with baked goods and sweet breaded treats. Pancakes, waffles, muffins... and cinnamon rolls. Boy, can he put away some cinnamon rolls. This recipe, adapted from Paula Deen's, is probably my favorite to make. Cinnamon rolls aren't the most simple, or the quickest treat to bake up, but they really are delicious and amazing when you do them right!
Ingredients for the dough:
1 package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup heated milk (heat to scalding)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening (I use crisco, but you can use butter as well)
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups all purpose flour (you can use wheat or gluten free!)
Ingredients for the filling:
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar (plus more to sprinkle in your pan)
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
*you can also add things like walnuts or raisins if you wish, keep any added ingredients to 3/4 cup
Ingredients for glaze:
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 tbsp hot water
Heat oven to 350.
In a bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. In a separate bowl mix melted butter, sugar, milk, egg and salt together. Fold in two cups of flour and mix until smooth throughout. Add in yeast mixture. Fold in remaining flour and knead dough with hands. Dough should have a play-dough (perhaps a little more "wet" than that) consistency. Knead until mixed well. Do not overwork, as your hands will take out moisture in the dough. Place dough ball into a well greased bowl and let it rise. This takes anywhere from an hour to an hour 1/2 and you will know its risen when it has doubled in size. If it doesn't rise, you need to try again!
Once dough has risen, roll it out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle. Spread melted butter over dough. Mix sugar, cinnamon and filling and sprinkle on top of the butter. Roll dough up from the longest side (if your rectangle is say 15 by 9 inches, roll starting with the 15 inch side). Pinch and seal all edges. Cut into 12-15 pieces.
Coat a baking pan with butter and sprinle in sugar. Place your cinnamon rolls close together in the pan and let it continue to rise, about 45 additional minutes. Bake in oven about 30 minutes until browned.
While the rolls are baking, mix butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl. At 1 tps hot water at a time until you get your glaze at the consistency you desire. I like mine a bit thicker.
Once the rolls have cooled about 10-15 minutes form oven, pour over glaze and serve immediately.
These are PERFECT for Christmas morning! Enjoy!