Cinnamon days

by - Friday, January 16, 2009

The best cinnamon rolls are homemade and fresh from the oven!

Here's my favourite quick and easy cinnamon roll recipe from All Recipes.com.  It only takes 90 minutes to make from start to finish. It's perfect for weekend brunch and it tastes oh so soft and sticky! 

Ninety Minute Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup margarine, softened
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar, packed


DIRECTIONS:

Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in margarine; stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm.

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. Add water, egg and the milk mixture; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.

Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes. 

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, softened margarine.Roll out dough into a 12x9 inch rectangle. Spread dough with margarine/sugar mixture. Sprinkle with raisins if desired. Roll up dough and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal size rolls and place cut side up in 12 lightly greased muffin cups. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until browned. Remove from muffin cups to cool. Serve warm.

Creamy glaze (optional) :

2/3 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4-8 tbsp. hot water

Combine ingredients.  Spread  or  pipe glaze over cinnamon rolls in a zigzag motion.

P.S. Soak raisins in water for 10 minutes before adding them to the brown sugar mixture. The raisins will turn out plump and juicy.

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