After 3 months of cooking probably no more than 5 times i woke up this morning not only with a strong desire to eat cinnamon rolls... but to bake them too!!! I was at Deseret Book yesterday and saw the cook book for Our Best Bites and i knew they would be a good source for this craving/desire of mine. They never fail me.... these were definetly top of the line!
- 1 cup milk
- 4 Tbs butter, cut into chunks
- 3 1/4 - 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 (.25 ounce) package instant or 'rapid rise' yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp)
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 C powdered sugar
- 2 T melted butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1-2 Tbs milk
DOUGH: Place 3/4 milk and 4 Tbs butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Butter should be at least partially melted. Stir in 1/4 cup cold milk and set aside (this give you less wait time). In a large mixing bowl whisk together 2 C flour, yeast, white sugar, and salt. When milk mixture has cooled to warm (which is why we saved some of the cold milk) add it to the flour mixture along with the egg while, Beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Add remaining flour only until dough barely leaves the sides of the bowl. It should be very soft and slightly sticky. knead the dough for 5 minutes. Let dough rest for about 10 minutes while you make the filling.
FILLING: make sure butter is softened well. Mix with brown sugar and cinnamon.
ASSEMBLY: on a floured surface (or i just spray the table with PAM) Roll dough into a rectangle about 12 x 14 inches. Spread brown sugar mixture (it will be slightly thick, you might have to "crumble" it) over the surface and use your fingers or the back of a spoon to gently spread around. Roll up from the longer side of the rectangle and pinch edges closed. Score the roll into 12 equal pieces and then cut into rolls. Place in a 9 x 13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover pan with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. In the mean time, preheat oven to 350 degrees.