Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Cinnamon Rolls (using basic bread dough)

So here are the cinnamon rolls I make, using my standard bread recipe.  (also if you want "white" rolls, simply substitute unbleached bread flour for all of the flour 3 1/4 c)

Cinnamon Rolls

One batch of basic bread dough

1/4 c melted butter

1/4 c chopped nuts (optional)

1/3 c sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

  1. Prepare this dough as you would for making bread, but after the first rise, instead of forming 2 loaves, roll the dough out into a rectangle, about 12 x 9 inches.

  2. Grease a 13x9 inch pan and set aside.

  3. Brush the dough with melted butter.

  4. Combine cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over the dough. Sprinkle with nuts.

  5. Roll the dough up tightly, starting at the short end. Pinch the edge together to seal it closed.  Turn it over and lay it seal side down.

  6. You will cut this roll into 12 slices.  The easiest way to do this, is take a piece or ordinary sewing thread, about 18 or so inches long.  Slide the thread under the roll, bring the end of the threads together on top and cross like you are about to start tying it closed, but PULL tight.  The thread will slice right through the dough and make a perfect slice.  Lay all the slices into the prepared baking pan.

  7. Cover and let rise 1 hour or until indentation remains when you touch it with your finger.

  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20-35 minutes, or until golden brown.

  9. Carefully remove from a pan and cool slightly.

If you like a glaze, this is the glaze we use.  I make it as soon as the rolls come out of the oven and drizzle it over the hot rolls.


1 c powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 Tb melted butter

2 Tb hot coffee

In a dish, blend all ingredients together with a whisk, and drizzle over the rolls.

I also have another glaze that I use sometimes...came up with this one once when I had made the rolls and forgot I was out of powdered sugar!

Brown Sugar Glaze

1/4 c brown sugar

1/4 c white sugar

1/4 c butter

1/4 c cream or whole milk

1 tsp vanilla

In a small saucepan, over low heat, mix the sugars, butter and cream.  Whisk together over the heat until everything is dissolved. Stir in vanilla.  Let it cool a little, and then drizzle it over the rolls.  This will thicken up some as it cools.


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