Friday, February 12, 2021

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe and Review

These homemade cinnamon rolls are delicious! 


Cinnamon Roll Recipe
I wish I could say they are fast, but they do require time for raising.  I have not found a way to start the cinnamon rolls in advance and bake them later.  This is a recipe you will want to prepare and bake on the same day.  Therefore, you either need to serve them for brunch, or get up before sunrise to start the dough.  Either way, these cinnamon rolls are worth it!

It looks like a lot of instructions when you read the recipe below, but they are still fairly easy to make.  I simply give enough details that even the inexperienced baker will have success with the recipe. Please do not let the appearance of difficulty or length keep you from baking these divine cinnamon rolls.

I will warn you in advance, the recipe makes 12 cinnamon rolls, but most of us can only eat one.  They are that big and filling.


Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe 

Dough Ingredients 

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons (1 pkg) active dry yeast 
  • 3/4 Cup Warm Whole Milk
  • 1/2 Cup of Buttermilk  
  • 1 Cup Warm Water 
  • 2 Tablespoon Softened Butter 
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar 
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Salt 
  • 6 Cups All Purpose Flour (plus extra for flouring work surfaces)

  

Instant Coffee Packets

Filling Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Melted Butter 
  • 1 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar 
  • 4 teaspoons Instant Coffee Granules – mashed with spoon to fine powder 
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Saigon Cinnamon 

 

Simple Icing Ingredients  (If prefered, click here to jump to cream cheese alternative icing recipe)

  • 1 ½ Cup Confectioner’s Sugar 
  • 2 Tablespoon Softened Butter 
  • 2 Tablespoon Whole Milk 
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla Extract 
 
 

Set-up for Baking Success


Set out 1/4 Stick (4 Tablespoons) of Butter to Soften plus a little more to grease baking pan & bowl (should set out about 30 minutes before needed) 

Set out the mixing bowls & other supplies you will need.  I use the following:

  • Deep bowl for mixing (flour tends to blow when mixing, so use a deep bowl)
  • Large glass bowl for raising  
  • Hand Held Mixer
  • 13 x 9 Baking Pan 
  • Cutting board for kneading 
  • Clean the counter top for rolling out dough to 18" x 12" size  (Note:  I have a 18 x 12 glass microwave plate from an old microwave that is perfect for this.  If you can find one, it will save a lot of mess and clean-up time. Otherwise, I recommend the pastry mat with measurements featured below)

Preparation
  • Grease large glass bowl for raising
  • Flour Cutting Board for kneading
  • Warm Milk & Buttermilk in microwave (stir every 15 seconds to avoid burning)

Directions 

  1.  In a large, deep mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water
  2. Add warm milk, warm buttermilk, sugar, softened butter, salt and 4 cups of flour.  Beat (mixer) on medium speed until smooth. 
  3. By hand, spoon or fork, Stir in remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will still be sticky) 
  4. Turn onto a floured cutting board surface, knead 6-8 minutes. (Dough should be smooth and elastic.) 
  5. Place in a greased bowl, turning over once to grease top of the dough ball. 
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour
  7. After the hour, Grease 13 x 9 baking pan
  8. Flour clean counter or rolling surface & rolling pin
  9. Melt 1/4 Cup Butter in microwave
  10. Combine Brown Sugar, Instant Coffee Granules and Cinnamon
  11. Punch Dough down, turn onto floured surface and roll out to 18" x 12" rectangle. 
  12. Brush with melted butter 
  13. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over buttered dough to within ½” of edges.  Use all of the mixture
  14. Starting with long edge, Roll up Jelly-roll style and Pinch seam to seal 
  15. Cut into 12 slices 
  16. Place rolls, cut side up, in greased baking pan 
  17. Cover and let rise 30 minutes (will double again) 
  18. Preheat oven to 350 – Bake 25 – 28 minutes until golden brown
  19. In a small bowl, beat icing ingredients until smooth and spread over rolls 
  20. Serve your delicious homemade cinnamon rolls


 


  
Ingredients 
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened 
  • 7 Tablespoons butter, softened 
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract  
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt  
Instructions:  Beat softened cream cheese and butter together with an electric mixer in a large bowl until creamy. Mix in the milk and vanilla, then gradually mix in the confectioners sugar and salt until smooth.



There are a few things in this post that may cause questions or uncertainty. Therefore, I am featuring a deep mixing bowl that I recommend for mixing dough. It won't keep the flour from "blowing", but it will keep more of it contained in the bowl. Also, saigon cinnamon is not the average, everyday cinnamon most of us have on our spice rack. It is a bolder, stronger tasting cinnamon that really gives the cinnamon rolls the needed "kick" that sets them apart from others.






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9 comments:

  1. What a great recipe, I really like the idea of buttermilk for the dough and instant coffee added to the filling. Those are both new to me. Based on the looks of these this is a must try recipe for me. Also, I like the recipe for the cream cheese icing. I'm certainly going to try your recipe and I'm going to bet you that I can eat more than one!! Thanks Cynthia.

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    1. My husband prefers the cream cheese icing, Sam! That is exactly why I knew to include it as an alternate icing here. Me, I prefer the very basic confectioner's sugar icing.

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    2. Oh, yes! And he can eat two without pausing between them. Sometimes, I think he isn't even breathing between them :)

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  2. Makes me hungry just reading this review. Thanks for the complete instructions.

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  3. Terrific sounding recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls. I remember once spending one whole day with a neighbor and the 4 toddlers we had between us in her kitchen making these from scratch while keeping the kids entertained and enjoying each other's company. Just because both our hubbys loved homemade cinnamon rolls so much. And the cream cheese icing is definitely my favorite. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Mouse.

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  4. Oh yummy! These look and sound delicious! Miss Mouse you are making me wish that I got up before sunrise to get these started too. I'm with Pat, give me that cream cheese frosting on top. This recipe is a keeper for sure. Thank you!

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  5. Fragrant, homemade cinnamon rolls, fresh from the oven, is one of the most intoxicating smells ever! I love them with traditional thin sugar icing, but I adore cream cheese icing more, and I’m sure these cinnamon rolls would be even yummier with the slight tang of cream cheese icing as a foil for the rich, earthy taste of Saigon cinnamon (which I, too, find to taste superior to more common and less expensive types of cinnamon). I might just have to bake these for my husband (and then leave home for a few days until he finishes polishing them off, since I’m not sure my willpower to resist these would hold up against such an overpowering temptation, lol!).

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  6. Oh these Homemade Cinnamon Rolls just sound so delicious!! I adore cinnamon anything so I am am certain I will love these and they look fun to make. I do not believe I have ever tasted Ground Saigon Cinnamon but it sounds gorgeous! The cream cheese icing recipe sounds equally wonderful. Walking into your kitchen after you made these would have been such a treat for the senses :) Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  7. WoW! They look so darn good!! Jesse has been baking up a storm, and he's made cinnamon rolls. I'll have to pass this recipe along to him. This keto-warrior is now craving a snack. I'm with Margaret, these are hard to resist. With all of Jesse's baking, it's been challenging for sure.

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