One of my all-time favourite sweet, comfort foods has got to be cinnamon rolls. As much as they attach themselves to my hips, I will continue to eat them, warm and dripping in cream cheese icing. I love making them at home because it’s a far sight cheaper than buying them and this recipe is as good as Cinnabon and my entire family loves them. This recipe makes about a dozen fair sized rolls as well and I think it’s a pretty easy recipe to follow too.
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (I used 1 package of the pre-packaged stuff)
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar packed
3 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine softened
Cream Cheese Icing
6 tbsp margarine
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
To make the dough, dissolve the yeast package into the warm milk. I heated the milk in my microwave for increments of 30 seconds until it reached 105 F degrees on my thermometer as that is the ideal temperature for proofing. Let it sit for about 5-7 minutes. If your yeast is good, it should froth up.
Add the sugar, margarine, eggs, and flour to the bowl of your mixer and mix well. Pour in the yeast/milk mixture and using your dough hook attachment, mix until all ingredients are combined.
Preheat oven to 350°. Place dough in a well-oiled bowl, cover and let rise for one hour until the dough has doubled in size. Roll the dough out onto a well-floured surface until you have a shape that is about 16 inches by 12 inches and about 1/4 inch thick. I used two round aluminum foil baking containers that I lined with parchment paper but you can easily fit these into a well-greased 9X13 pan. I put 6 rolls into each one.
Combine the filling ingredients until well-blended and smooth and spread the entire mixture over the dough until well covered. Roll the dough up into a roll starting with the longest edge. The roll is approximately 18 inches in length when done. Cut the roll into 1-1 1/2 inch slices. Place your cut rolls into the prepared pan and cover with a damp towel. Let them rise again for another 30 minutes until they double in size again.
Put them into your preheated oven, and allow them to bake for 20 or until light golden brown in colour. Times can vary depending on your oven so make sure you peek in on them to make sure they don’t burn.
While you are waiting for the rolls to bake, you can make up the icing by mixing all of the ingredients up well with a mixer until it’s fluffy. Spread on the warm rolls as soon as they are out of the oven. Serve and enjoy!
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