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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls


Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (from the pioneerwoman)

Ingredients:

1 quart Whole Milk
1 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Sugar
2 packages Active Dry Yeast
8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Separated) All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
Plenty Of Melted Butter
2 cups Sugar
Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon
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MAPLE FROSTING:
1 bag Powdered Sugar
2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring
½ cups Milk
¼ cups Melted Butter
¼ cups Brewed Coffee
⅛ teaspoons Salt

Directions:

Mix the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. “Scald” the mixture (heat until just before the boiling point). Turn off heat and leave to cool 45 minutes to 1 hour. When the mixture is lukewarm to warm, but NOT hot, sprinkle in both packages of Active Dry Yeast. Let this sit for a minute. Then add 8 cups of all-purpose flour. Stir mixture together. Cover and let rise for at least an hour. (i let it rise for at least 2-3)

After rising for at least an hour, add 1 more cup of flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir mixture together. (i had to stir + use my hands to get it mixed in well)

At this point, you could cover the dough and put it in the fridge until you need it – overnight or even a day or two, if necessary. Just keep your eye on it and if it starts to overflow out of the pan, just punch it down. (i made half on Sat & half on Sun- so i ended up punching it down on Sun morning)

When ready to prepare rolls: Sprinkle rolling surface generously with flour. Take half the dough and form a rough rectangle. Then roll the dough thin, maintaining a general rectangular shape.


(specifics: i rolled my dough out to about 28-29 inches long)

Drizzle 1/2 to 1 cup melted butter over the dough. Now sprinkle 1 cup of sugar over the butter followed by a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.


Now, starting at the opposite end, begin rolling the dough in a neat line toward you. Keep the roll relatively tight as you go. Next, pinch the seam of the roll to seal it.


Spread 1 tablespoon of melted butter in a seven inch round foil cake or pie pan. Then begin cutting the rolls approximately ¾ to 1 inch thick and laying them in the buttered pans.


(specifics: i cut my rolls at 1 inch a piece.)

Repeat this process with the other half of the dough. Let the rolls rise for 20 to 30 minutes:


then bake at 375 degrees until light golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes (i cooked min for about 18-19 minutes)

For the frosting, mix together all ingredients listed and stir well until smooth. It should be thick but pourable. Taste and adjust as needed. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls. Go crazy and don’t skimp on the frosting.

Beware- this WHOLE recipe makes A LOT of rolls! i got 7 pans with 7-8 rolls per pan! i brought them to work & sent them to work with the hubs. i also gave away 2 pans to the rents/in-laws...and i still had an extra pan! but it's ok- you'll eat them.

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2 comments:

murphyec said...

Is there any reason I couldn't just half the recipe? That is a lot of buns! Also, any idea how they would freeze?

t.bird said...

murph- you can totally half it. easy peasy! you'll get a much more manageable amount@

and i've heard freezing them (sans the frosting) works wonderfully. i got rid of all mine though- ha!

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