Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls

From: My bread machine's cookbook

Ingredients: (my bread machine is a 3-cup flour bread machine; if yours is too, this recipe should work for you)

3/4 cup milk
1 egg
3 cups bread flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp butter, cut into 8 pieces
2 tsp active dry yeast OR 1 1/2 tsp fast rise yeast

1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Add milk and egg to bread pan. Add bread flour, 3 tablespoons sugar and salt to pan. Tap pan to settle dry ingredients, then level dry ingredients, pushing some of the flour mixture into the corners. Place pieces of butter around edges of pan on top of dry ingredients. Make a slight well in the center of dry ingredients and add the yeast. Place bread pan into oven chamber. Lock pan in place and close cover. Program your bread to the Dough setting. Start the bread machine. When dough is done (usually about 1 hour), remove dough, place on a floured surface. Knead dough about 1 minute, then let rest about 15 minutes.

Roll dough out into a rectangle, about 15x10 inches. Spread 1/3 cup melted butter over dough to within 1 inch of edges. Then sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar, the cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped nuts evenly over dough. Roll dough up tightly on long side. Press edges to seal and form into a 12-inch long, evenly shaped roll. With a knife, cut roll into 1-inch pieces. Place rolls into a greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.

Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then drizzle with icing made by combining 1 cup powdered sugar with 1-2 tbsp milk and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Blend until smooth. If too thin or thick, add more powdered sugar or milk until it's the consistency you want. Cut apart and remove from pan.

If you want to make them at night and have them in the morning, just let them rise and then refrigerate them. Take them out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking and follow the rest of the recipe.

My rolls in the fridge last night:

My rolls this morning after being baked and iced:

Thumbs UP!! I didn't put any nuts in these because we don't like nuts, but I didn't change anything else. These took a while to make just waiting for the rising and stuff, but the actual "work" of the recipe was nothing. Stephen even said he would be happy if we never buy cinnamon rolls from the store again (which I'm too cheap to buy anyway, so that works!) Absolutely delicious and a must-make for us in the future!

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