Haha, if you look at the labels in which I've classified this recipe under you'd be laughing too: Dessert & Breakfast! Anyway, moving on...This recipe is one I always use, and by always I mean the one or two times a year I feel the need for cinnamon buns. Sorry, let me clarify, I feel the need for cinnamon buns more than once or twice a year but I can only justify them on those few occasions.
I wasn't as stuck on my last batch of these as I usually am, but ironically everyone else who tried them said they were the best ones yet. The only thing I did different was use my KA instead of hand kneading these. The recipe really was written to be made all by hand from mixing with a whisk to kneading by hand for ten minutes. I decided to speed it up a little this time and so these will be the directions I share because that will be how I make these in the future.
I am going to warn you, these do not taste like Cinnabon which is kinda unfortunate in a way because I like Cinnabon, but I guess it's probably an okay thing that they aren't so sickly sweet right??
The source for this recipe amazingly enough is my middle school home ec. teacher. Yes folks, I actually do use a recipe from that class (actually I use a couple of them still). This recipe though is the reason why yeast doughs never scared me like so many people I know. I always knew that if you could make a cinnamon bun work out and rise you could make a simple loaf of bread work.
Makes 12 Rolls (every single time, no matter what I do I always get 12 and if I double it I still get 24 exactly without fail)
2 1/2 - 3 C. Flour
2 Tsp. Yeast
1/4 C. Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Butter, softened
2/3 C. Hot Water
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Butter, softened
1/4 C. Raisins or walnuts (optional)
1 C. Icing Sugar
1/4 C. Butter, softened
1 Tsp. Vanilla
water or milk (very little)
~Combine 1 C. of flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Stir.
~Add butter, hot water and egg. Beat with paddle attachment for 1 minute or until thick and elastic.
~Gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough that leaves the side of the bowl.
~Knead for 5-10 minutes (by hand) or less if using a stand mixer.
~Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a towel and let rest for 20 minutes.
~Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
~Roll dough into a 12" x 10" rectangle on a floured surface.
~Spread dough with butter (like you're buttering toast) and sprinkle with the sugar mixture and raisins or nuts if desired.
~Roll dough up tightly starting at the 12" side. Pinch the ends to seal.
~Cut roll into 12 - 1" pieces either with a serrated knife or dental floss (ideally).
~Place rolls into a greased baking dish (all 12 will fit in a 4 x 3 arrangement in a 9"x13" pan or for a better placement use round pans to give each roll a bit more space to expand)
~Brush rolls lightly with oil.
~Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for a couple of hours on the counter or overnight in the fridge.
~Preheat oven to 375 F and bake cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes (or until lightly browned).
~While baking, mix icing sugar, butter and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add a small amount of milk or water and whisk out any lumps. If too thick, add more liquid. If too thin, add more icing sugar until you reach desired consistency.
~Spread icing on slightly warm cinnamon buns.
No Raisins (so much prettier and much tastier this way!)