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Monday, May 2, 2011

Amazing Cinnamon Rolls

After searching, trying, failing, and searching some more, I finally found a recipe for perfect cinnamon rolls.  I like that the dough isn't made with butter OR sugar!!  Here's a link to the recipe, the text for the recipe, and a picture of my rolls :)  (Next time I'll use a bigger baking pan.  They got a little squished.  Live and learn)

PPM: amazing cinnamon rolls

(This is copied directly from Jenny's website, Planner Perfect Meals.  It's an awesome resource)

Makes two loaves of white bread.

Combine in mixer:
3 cups warm water
2 pkgs. Of yeast
2 tbsp. Honey or sugar

Let your yeast dissolve and proof in your mixer, about 5 minutes.
While waiting, in large bowl combine:

7 cups of flour
¾ cup of dry milk
¼ cup bran
¼ wheat germ

Combine in mixer bowl on medium speed for 3 minutes:
4 tsp. Salt with 3 cups of flour mixture
When mixing is complete:
Add 2 tbsp. Vegetable oil with 3 more cups flour

Incorporate on medium speed, adding any remaining flour until it forms a soft ball. On floured surface, place your bread dough on the counter, and using the heel of the palm of your hand, knead the dough. Turning the dough each time to form a smooth ball, adding more flour if needed. Put into a greased bowl and cover with clean dishtowel. Let rise until doubled, about one hour. Punch down and let rise again for ½ hour.

Turn oven on to 350 degrees.

Punch down dough and lay on floured surface. Roll out dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. It should be tall and wide for rolling. Spread about 1/2 stick softened butter on the rolled dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Begin with the dough that is closest to you and begin rolling up making tight rolls. Take your hands and work your way to the ends to ensure you stay even with your dough until the end. Once rolled up, make sure you pinch the dough end to the roll to keep tight and sealed.

Spray a non-stick baking sheet and set aside. With a serrated knife cut the cinnamon log into 1/4 inch pieces and place on baking sheet. I keep mine all snug in the baking sheet and let rise until risen, about 20 minutes.

Bake in the oven for for 15-20 minutes until baked through and golden brown.

To make the vanilla icing:
3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 tbs. vanilla extract
Combine in a large bowl and whisk until thick and creamy.
When rolls come out of the oven, spread thick icing all over the rolls. Don't even wait a second...dig in!

***Note:  I don't have a mixer, I used my regular hand mixer with the spiral-looking dough attachments***

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