Sunday, August 7, 2011

CInnamon Rolls


You know you want one. Maybe even two. Slathered with the most buttery, sugary, cream cheesy icing.  Who could resist? And these are even better a couple days later. Just stick 'em in the microwave and the flavor is even more intense.

I have cravings for buttery sugary treats these days. But I was told to lower my carb intake due to a very close diagnosis of gestational diabetes. I just passed the three hour glucose test. Whew. But I do treat myself. I mean seriously, what's a pregnant mama to do when the growing baby inside of me is  requesting a bit of sweetness to my diet. So I compromise. I treat myself on the weekends. Fair enough, right? Okay, I lied. I cheat sometimes during the week but I keep in under control with very small portions.

You all have tasted Cinnabons, right? Well I wanted to find a recipe that was very close to those as possible. I found that this recipe tasted a bit dry right out of the oven. But after a few days later, they were closer to the heavenly, oh so tasty Cinnabon's. Now, you can bake the rolls in a baking pan as I did or place them in a round or rectangular cake pan. I thought for the purposes of photos, placing them separately so they do not touch, would yield prettier rolls. Now some did lose its shape but most of them came out very nice.

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
Recipe Courtesy of Todd WIlbur
The Dough
1-1/4 Ounce Package Dry Yeast
1 Cup Warm Milk
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/3 Cup Margarine (I used my friend Mr. Butter)
1 Tsp Salt
2 Eggs
4 Cups Flour

Filling
1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
2-1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/3 Cup Softened Margarine (Yet again, I used Mr. Butter)


Directions
1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl enough to fit the flour.

2. Add the sugar, butter, salt, eggs, flour and mix well.

3. Knead the dough into a large ball, get dirty and use your hands dusted lightly with flour.

4. Put the dough in a bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm place for about an hour or until doubled in size. While the dough is rising make the filing.

5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approximately 21 inches long by 16 inches wide. Preheat oven to 400º degrees.

6. Melt the butter and combine the brown sugar & cinnamon and mix well (my love is demonstrating below). The recipe states to spread the butter out then sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture on top, but that just seemed like extra work to me so I just combined the ingredients and spread it out onto the rolled out dough.


7. Carefully lift one end and using your finger tips and palms, roll the dough to the other end.

8. Cut the dough into 1-3/4 or whatever size you prefer, and place on your baking pan. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Make your frosting while the rolls are baking.


Icing
8 Tbsp Margarine (You know it, I used Butter)
1-1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/4 Cup Cream Cheese (I added more, probably closer to 1/2 cup of cream cheese but taste as you go)
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/8 Tsp Salt

Directions
1. Combine the ingredients above and beat in your electric mixer until fluffy. And generously spread on your warm rolls straight out of the oven or use as a dip to your liking.


And tada! You have deliciously, buttery, cinnamon-y Cinnamon Rolls! And of course a demonstration of how my love eats his cinnamon roll...

Make a funny face (a must according to a toddler).
Then get serious.
And of course take a lick of the icing.
Finally take a bite. Icing side first. Always.
And don't forget to chew then swallow (=

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  1. Amy Kim said... August 7, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    These look like the perfect size!

    Hope all is going well with you! I had gestational diabetes with my first one and the strict diet was really difficult! i totally cut out pasta and rice because the small (actual) portions were torturous.

  2. Lisa said... August 7, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Mmm, cinnamon bun perfection. That's one lucky boy right there to have one of your buns in his hands.

  3. baking.serendipity said... August 7, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Mmmmm Cinnabon. So many good memories of airports and malls :) I will definitely go for a look-alike recipe! Glad to hear you are doing well!

  4. Federica said... August 8, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    wow sono perfetti e golosissimi!!!!!!bravissima!un abbraccio!

  5. The Procrastobaker said... August 8, 2011 at 4:38 AM

    Your photography is simply beautiffulll and this recipe sounds delicious too! What a lovely post indeed :)

  6. Cooking Creation said... August 8, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    Oh, yum! I could use one of these with my coffee right now! They turned out beautifully!

  7. Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said... August 8, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    What perfect looking cinnamon rolls! They are so beautiful.

  8. Hyosun Ro said... August 8, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Wow! They look so beautifully yummy. Cute photos of your little boy eating a roll.

  9. Zoe said... August 8, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Two of these delicious rolls wouldn't be enough for me.

  10. cssolomon said... August 12, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Those look gooood :) I love her sons shirt! I love putting my kid in anything robot, lol.

  11. Monet said... August 13, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    You better believe I want one! Wow...these are making me drool. Thank you for sharing your stories and your food. This looks delicious. I hope you have a great weekend. I'm looking forward to friends and baking :-) Hugs from Austin!

  12. Joy said... August 31, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    He looks so happy in helping.

  13. Sometimes Life is Bliss And Sometimes Not ! said... October 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    I had gestational diabetes with my twins and yes you crave :( but this looks so yummy and he was super happy helping

  14. Isabella said... November 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Well, your little helper sure loves these cinnamon rolls doesn't he? lol He's adorable. On to my review! These were awesome and my little helpers also loved them as much as I did!

  15. The Urban Baker said... March 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    these look so good! and I just love your little helper!