Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls

It's been long since the last cinnamon rolls in this house, and I started to miss its warm, buttery-yeasty smell. So I baked myself some. Recipe source? Of course the trustworthy Smitten Kitchen.
cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon Rolls
recipe from Smitten Kitchen

Dough:
1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups (or more) unbleached all purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise or instant yeast (from 1 envelope yeast)
1 teaspoon salt
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Filling
3/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
Pinch of salt

For dough: Combine milk and butter in glass measuring cup. Microwave on high until butter melts and mixture is just warmed to 120°F to 130°F, about 30 to 45 seconds. Pour into bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add 1 cup flour, sugar, egg, yeast, and salt. Beat on low speed 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Add additional 2 1/2 cups flour. Beat on low until flour is absorbed and dough is sticky, scraping down sides of bowl. If dough is very sticky, add more flour by tablespoonfuls until dough begins to form ball and pulls away from sides of bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more flour if sticky, about 8 minutes. (You may also use a KitchenAid’s dough hook for this process.) Form into ball.

Lightly oil large bowl with nonstick spray. Transfer dough to bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

For filling: Mix brown sugar, cinnamon and pinch of salt in medium bowl.

Press down dough. Transfer to floured work surface. Roll out to 15×11-inch rectangle. Spread butter over dough, leaving 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle cinnamon mixture evenly over butter. Starting at the longer side, roll dough into log, pinching gently to keep it rolled up. With seam side down, trim ends straight if they are uneven (we baked them in a ramekin, incapable of discarding such deliciousness) cut remaining dough crosswise with thin sharp knife (a good serrated worked well here) into 18 equal slices (each about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide).

Spray two 9-inch square glass baking dishes (an 8-inch square metal pan worked just fine, too) with nonstick spray. Divide rolls between baking dishes, arranging cut side up (there will be almost no space between rolls). Cover baking dishes with plastic wrap, then kitchen towel. Let dough rise in warm draft-free area until almost doubled in volume, 40 to 45 minutes, though yours, like mine, may take longer. Don’t skimp on the double-rising time.

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F. Bake rolls until tops are golden, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and invert immediately onto rack. Cool 10 minutes. Turn rolls right side up.

For the icing, just mix some icing sugar with enough milk into a smooth paste. Drizzle on warm rolls and let set.
cinnamon rolls

11 comments:

Hannah said...

Oh, that looks good enough to almost make me forget me tremendous fear of baking with yeast! Swoon...

Min said...

Looks yummy! I love cinnamon rolls very much, it tastes better with the toppings!

bake5 said...

oh my word that looks phenomenal. I can almost smell the cinnamon and the yeasty dough... Delicious!

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Cheers
Hannah

J said...

@all: thanks! :)

Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Great photos! Looks ooey and gooey and DELICIOUS :)

Taylor said...

Mmmm YUM! I love the "free form" style of these...so fun!

Debs @ Acquiredish said...

Oh yum, this looks so good. Save some for me please!

J said...

#debs: if you were in melbourne, debs, I'll save some next time I bake them :)

#pretty.good.food and taylor: thanks! :)

Peggy said...

Oh man these cinnamon rolls look so good! I love the smell that fills the house when baking these!

babyskiffie said...

jen I'm trying this!

J said...

#peggy: true, the simple magic of cinnamon rolls :)

#babyskiffie: i'm waiting to see it on your blog!!