Sunday, September 2, 2012

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

There is nothing that can quite compare to the smell of cinnamon rolls baking in the oven. There is something so inviting about that warm smell of cinnamon filling the house. When we have company, or a breakfast gathering, one of my favorite treats to make is cinnamon rolls. They might sound overwhelming on the surface, but it really is quite easy to whip up a batch of homemade cinnamon rolls. This recipe takes about 75 minutes from start to ready to eat and the result is a wonderful, soft fragrant treat.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
Servings 12

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
3 1/4 cups flour divided
2 1/4 tsps instant yeast (1 packet)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar packed
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup butter softened

Heat milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in butter, stir until melted. Let cool.
In a large bowl, combine 2 1/4 c flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Add water, egg and milk mixture. Beat well. Add remaining flour 1/2 c at a time, stirring after each addition. When the dough starts to pull together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover dough with damp cloth and let rest 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Roll dough into a 12x9 rectangle.
Spread the brown sugar mixture over the dough. Roll up dough and pinch seams to seal.
Cut into 12 rolls. Place in a lightly greased pan.
Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Serve with frosting or plain. For ease, I find that a tub of frosting is quick and easy. It is best to apply warm so that it melts in.

Sometimes, to mix things up a bit, I will add thinly sliced apple pieces with the sugar mixture.
Then, you can roll it up and cook as above. I like the added touch of the apple flavor and a bit of crunch, too.

The cinnamon rolls keep well and stay soft. We always reheat them when we serve them later - another advantage of not frosting them all.



betty baez said...

Great recipe! I like the idea of adding apples

Kelly Blackwell said...

Oh YUMM! I couldn't find how much cinnamon to use. I would love to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Busy Mom said...

Kelly - thank you! I have updated the recipe to include the Cinnamon. Just wouldn't be the same without.

Donna Phelan said...

I know this is an old post, but I googled cinnamon roll recipes and picked yours because they look like my Nana Sylvia's from oh so long ago! We could never get her recipe back then as it was a pinch of this and a pinch of that! I am going to make these this afternoon, we are getting a blizzard--thought what would be better! Thank you for posting, I'll let you know how they come out. Hope we don't lose power. ;)


Busy Mom said...

Definitely, let me know what you think. I love that they are so easy to make up...I have been known to make them before work when I want to take a treat in to the team.

Donna Phelan said...

Pretty darn close to Nana's cinnamon rolls! Yummy! Thanks so much!