Jan 25, 2013

Recipe: Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls‏

By Ruby S


As the winter weather rolls in (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere) we look forward to warm, spiced desserts and drinks. A popular spice used is cinnamon which has many amazing benefits to it. For one thing, half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day can lower LDL cholesterol. It may have an effect also on regulating blood sugar and arthritis relief.

Even smelling cinnamon can help boost your memory! As an added bonus, cinnamon is anti-bacterial so it is excellent for preserving food.

A delicious, common item that makes use of this beneficial spice is cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon rolls are basically rolls of soft white dough with a layer of cinnamon sugar filling and topped with a glazed frosting. Of course, people are conscious of its fat and sugar content, but let me tell you that it is okay to indulge once in a while! These are absolutely mouthwatering, soft, and just delicious. Put in the effort to enjoy homemade rolls, fresh out of your oven!

(Recipe adapted from Epicurious)


For the Dough

1 Packet Dry Active Yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk, whole
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 1/2-4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp butter, melted (for brushing on top)

For the Filling 

3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, room temperature

For the Icing

4 oz Cream Cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
A few tablespoons of milk

To Make the Rolls:

1- Combine the yeast with water and let it sit for 5-7 minutes (should be bubbly).
2- In a Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook, combine sugar, egg, milk, and butter.
3- In two batches add the flour, combining all ingredients.
4- When ingredients have been combined, turn up the speed to medium to knead the dough.
5- When the dough is elastic-like and smooth, take it out onto a floured surface.
6- Knead the dough into a smooth ball, and place into well-oiled bowl. Make sure the dough is covered with oil as well.
7- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour in a warm place (the microwave or oven turned off is a good place!) until doubled in size.
8- When the dough has risen, dump out onto floured surface. With hands or with a rolling pin, stretch the dough into a rectangular shape, slightly larger than the 9x13 in. pan you will use.
9- Combine the sugar and cinnamon for the filling.
10- Spread the butter on the dough and sprinkle the sugar mixture on.
11- Roll the dough slowly, tucking as you roll, along the horizontal side.
12- Seal the roll with water on the edge of the dough.
13- Cut evenly into 16-18 pieces, depending on how big you want the rolls to be. Cut in half, then halves again, and so on.
14- Place rolls onto greased baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and let it sit for another hour, until doubled.
15- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. When rolls have risen, brush with about a tablespoon of melted butter.
16- Bake for half an hour at 350 degrees F.
17- Beat Cream Cheese, vanilla, and butter until mixed. Add powdered sugar and mix. Add milk until desired consistency is reached.
18- When rolls are baked, pour the icing on top and lastly, enjoy!!!

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Asalamu alykum wAwb!

Yummmm those look delicious!! I shall try this out some time inshaAllah!! Jazaki Allah Khair for the post :)

JazakAllah kahyr for reading! InshaAllah it goes well, happy baking! :)

Will try...JazakAllaah Khayr for posting dear!

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