I absolutely love Pillsbury's canned cinnamon rolls. And growing up my mom almost always made those or pillsbury's orange rolls for breakfast on Sunday mornings before church. Although I still do love those canned rolls, I wanted to try making homemade cinnamon rolls for a change. I searched online to find "the best" recipe and decided to combine about four of them to make these rolls. These turned out absolutely divine. Although I'm no connoisseur of homemade rolls, there is absolutely nothing I would change in this recipe to make it better.
2 1/2 tsp yeast (one package)
1 cup milk (warmed)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp salt
4 cups flour
1/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 TBS cinnaomn
3 oz cream cheese
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 TBS milk
1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
2. Add sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour to the bowl and mix well.
3. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, ending with a large ball (Tip: If you're using your hands dust your hands lightly with flour to avoid sticking)
4. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise for about 1 hour, until dough has doubled in size.
5. Lightly flour your counter top and roll the dough out until it is approximately 16 x 21 inches, or 1/4 inch thick (I didn't measure the dough at all, but just went with what felt/looked right)
6. Preheat your oven to 400.
7. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
8. Melt butter for filling.
9. Spread the butter over the surface of the dough.
10. Sprinkle the sugar mixture generously over the surface of the dough.
11. Carefully roll the dough, from the long top edge to the bottom edge.
12. Cut the dough into 1 3/4 inch slices.
13. Lightly grease a baking pan.
14. Place rolls in pan and bake for 10-12 minutes, until they turn a light golden brown color.
15. Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk in a bowl with an electric mixer. (Add more powdered sugar to the frosting if it is too runny)
16. Allow rolls to cool slightly before applying the frosting.
17. Apply frosting generously to rolls.
This made about 12 large cinnamon rolls. We baked all of them, but froze about half of them without frosting on them. That way when I'm craving a cinnamon roll I can just pop these in the microwave or oven and whip up some frosting to top them with. Yum.
Do you have any traditions related to breakfast foods?