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Cinnamon Rolls

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Good cinnamon rolls have 3 key components; the dough, the filling and the frosting. Two of these can be fiddle with just a bit for your own personal taste, but the dough needs to be made as outlined.

The Dough

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup very warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided

Scald milk; stir in sugar, salt, and margarine; cool to lukewarm. Put warm water in large warm bowl, sprinkle in yeast, stirring until dissolved. Stir in lukewarm milk mixture, egg, and half the flour; beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff batter.
Cover tightly with waxed paper or aluminum foil. Refrigerate dough at least 2 hours. Dough may be kept in refrigerator up to 3 days.

The Filling

The filling is nothing more than a combination of brown sugar, cinnamon and the “right” amount of butter. I prefer softened butter instead of melted butter because you end up using a bit more. I use dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar. These measurements are approximate – feel free to improvise here, include raisins if you are so inclined.

  • 1/2 cup softened margarine or butter (I like unsalted butter)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon

Roll dough into an 18 x 12 inch rectangle and spread the softened butter. Cover butter with the filling mixture. Roll up, seal the ends up, cut into 12 slices. Place in a buttered 9 x 13 rectangular pan. Cover and let rise until doubled. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Baking time is about 25-30 minutes but can vary.

The Frosting

You can leave these naked, or drizzle with a simple powdered sugar and milk mixture. I like a Cream Cheese frosting.

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Combine all ingredients, mixing until smooth. Frost rolls while still warm.

    Monkey Balls

    Monday, November 10th, 2008

    I have a weakness for hot gooey cinnamon and sugar. I prefer to use dark brown sugar for just that reason. This is one of those recipes that you can tweak and adjust to your own personal tastes.

    Hot & Gooey

    ½ cup granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon cinnamon
    3 (7.5-oz.) cans Pillsbury Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits
    1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
    ¾ cup margarine, melted

    Heat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan. Mix sugar and cinnamon in large bowl with lid.

    Separate dough into 30 biscuits; tear into quarters and roll into balls. Drop the balls into the bowl – cover and shake each time after you add 5 or 6. After all are coated with sugar mixture; arrange in pan.

    Mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit balls.

    Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve.
    Serve warm.

    12 servings