(Mini) cinnamon rolls

(Mini) cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

Dough

1 package yeast (1/4 oz)

1/2 cup warm water

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup melted butter

1/2 cup scalded milk

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg

3 1/2 - 4 cups flour

Filling

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup sugar

2-3 tablespoons cinnamon

Icing

2 tbsp butter, softened at room temperature, not melted

~1/4 cup milk on hand (will not use all of it)

1 tbsp vanilla extract

confectioners sugar

pinches of salt

Making the Dough

Dissolve yeast in bowl of warm water and set aside.

mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt, and egg.

add 2 cups of flour and mix in until smooth.

Pour in yeast, and mix in remaining flour until the mixture turns into something dough-like.

knead on lightly floured surface.

place in bowl and let rise until doubled. this usually takes 1-2 hours.

Rolling and cutting

When the dough has full risen, punch it down and then roll out on a floured surface. aim for a thickness between 1/4 and 1/8 inches.

Pour and spread butter evenly on the rolled out dough.

create a cinnamon sugar mixture. I recommend mixing to taste, though 1/2 cup sugar to 2-3 tablespoons cinamon ought to work out fine.

scatter cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the butter. be sure to have an even coating.

pick and end of the dough, and tightly roll up. be mindful that the ends are being rolled tightly. the middle parts can fend for themselves.

cut the roll up into cylinders. I usually aim to have them about an inch tall.

Place on a greased cookie sheet or inside a muffin tin. Before going into the oven, sprinkle a little bit of cream or half-and-half on each roll.

Baking

Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes.

Icing

This is less a recipe, more a few general guidelines.

Start by adding in butter in a blender. tablespoons milk and blend. Gradually add in confectioner's sugar until it reaches a decent consistency. Add in vanilla and a pinch of salt.

Getting the icing right is a matter of tasting and tuning. Salt counteracts the sweetness and brings out the vanilla. Add more sugar if it is too salty. If the icing is too liquidy, add more sugar. If it is too crumbly, add more milk.

Steaming Cinnamon Rolls

One of the best ways to prepare pre-cooked cinnamon rolls is to steam them. This allows rolls to last for quite a few days. The steaming rehydrates what would otherwise be dry and stale rolls. It also adds a nice amount of gooeyness to it.

I recommend keeping the icing/frosting separate from the rolls until the day they are consumed. Frost before putting them on the steamer; the steam should melt the frosting to be nice and smooth. If too much frosting melts, add a little more.


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