Sweet Sundays // Home Made Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls recipeSomething both Thomas and myself easily fall victim to, is cinnamon rolls. Whether they’re for breakfast or desert, they are the perfect combination between sweet and comforting… and most importantly to me, go BEAUTIFULLY with a cup of coffee…

I found this recipe via food network/Alton Brown and it’s perfection. Some people say they have a little trouble with the dough properly rising, so you may have to do a little experimenting to get it right. As for the glaze, go by the recipe or be lazy like me and use some pre-made cream cheese… it’s still incredibly delicious, but makes it a little easier (but, shhh!).  This makes about 12 rolls, so adjust accordingly if necessary. The GREAT thing about these, is that there is a video HOW-TO to go with (I am a visual learner, so this really helped me).

YOU WILL NEED

Dough:

  • 4 lrg egg yolks, room temp
  • 1 lrg whole egg, room temp
  • 1/4 cup sugar,
  • 3 oz unsalted butter, melted,
  • 6 oz buttermilk, room temp
  • 20 oz all-purpose flour
  • 1 package instant dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil (cooking spray)

Filling:

  • 8 oz light brown sugar,
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Toppings:

  • Your choice!
1. For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Add approximately 2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and salt; whisk until moistened and combined. Remove the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook. Add all but 3/4 cup of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough, add more flour if necessary; the dough should feel soft and moist but not sticky. Knead on low speed 5 minutes more or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand about 30 seconds. Lightly oil a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, lightly oil the top of the dough, cover and let double in volume, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
2. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.
3. Butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle with the long side nearest you. Roll into an 18 by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the 3/4-ounce of melted butter, leaving 1/2-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the dough,leaving a 3/4-inch border along the top edge; gently press the filling into the dough.

Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Firmly pinch the seam to seal and roll the cylinder seam side down. Very gently squeeze the cylinder to create even thickness. Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinder into 1 1/2-inch rolls; yielding 12 rolls. Arrange rolls cut side down in the baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 16 hours.
4. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy; approximately 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the shallow pan of water from the oven.
5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
6. When the oven is ready, place the rolls on the middle rack and bake until golden brown, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, approximately 30 minutes.
7. Top them off with pecans, a glaze or cream cheese icing! MMM.