Perfectly wonderful Cinnamon Rolls
This is the best cinnamon roll recipe!! I just love it and have been using it for years. It makes lots, so it has been perfect for bridal and baby shower brunches, family gatherings or anytime you need a lot!! Whenever I make these we give plates away to our friends and neighbors and always have plenty for our family too. I usually make them in the morning and they are warm out of the oven by afternoon for an after school snack or dinner time (they are really yummy for dinner with a hearty stew or chili in the winter or a salad in the summer). I have also made them before I go to bed and then set them on top my freezer in the garage to rise all night. Then I just pop them in the oven in the morning. Do not overbake them! They are just barely golden when they are done–so don’t expect them to be too browned. Also, I place mine on a cookie sheet spaced apart, not touchig. These really are amazingly delicious! Mmmmm–soooo good!!
submitted by Melanie Christensen
2 c. milk
2 cubes butter (1 cup)
2 pkg yeast (4 ½ tsp)
1/3 c. warm water
1 1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp salt
4 beaten eggs
8-9 c. flourFilling: 1 square softened butter & cinnamon(lots) & sugar
Heat milk and 2 squares of butter together until butter is melted. Cool and set aside. (Or, melt butter separately and add to warmed milk so the mixture is not so hot and doesn’t have to cool so long.) Mix yeast and warm water; let stand 5 minutes. Add cooled milk, 1 1/3 c. sugar, 1 tsp salt, 4 beaten eggs. Add 4 c. flour and mix and gradually add 4 additional cups flour. You may have to add extra flour after 8 cups – just add a little at a time if needed to get the right consistency so the dough can be handled. However, you may be fine with 8 cups. Dough should be firm but sticky. Cover with cloth and put in a warm place, and raise 1 ½ to 2 hours. Dough should nearly be doubled in size. Divide dough in half and empty onto floured surface and knead a little. Roll dough into rectangle, about ½ inch thick. (Do not roll it out too thin.) To this half of dough, spread on ½ square of softened butter, completely covering dough. Then sprinkle a coating of sugar over entire piece of dough. Then a layer of cinnamon. Be generous with the cinnamon; this is what makes it tasty. Roll into long roll, pinch edges together and slice with dental floss. Place on a cookie sheet covered with a silpat or parchment paper. Do same thing to second half of dough. Cover with a clean dishtowel (or saran wrap sprayed with cooking spray) and put in warm place, free of drafts, for 2 to 5 hours to raise–just depends-but the should be double in size. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until barely browned. Remove from oven and let set for 5 minutes. Drizzle with glaze while still warm. Makes 3-4 dozen.
Butter Cream Glaze:
1 cube softened butter (1/2 cup)
1 tsp vanilla
dash of salt
dash of cream of tarter
1 1/2 lbs powdered sugar
scalded milk or cream
Add all together…adding milk a little at a time, alternately with the powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. For cinnamon rolls, it needs to be a little thinner than regular icing.