Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Warm, Frosty, Sweet, Doughy.... Need I say more?

I visited IKEA this weekend and had (yet again) another incredible cinnamon roll. Since this occasion, I have decided that when I have a free day, I will make HOMEMADE gargantuan cinnamon rolls to blow the Swedes out of the water. Granted, IKEA's are fantastic, I am determined to master the art of said delicacy. Hence, the blog. Upon surfing the web to extinguish this need, I stumbled upon this recipe through a cute and tidy little blog entitled Inside A Black Apple and have included the link from which this sinful desert was nabbed. Enjoy! Oh and for those health nuts out there, sorry for the temptation!

Grocery.............. $8.00 (other ingredients common)
Skill Rating........ a sinch, kiddos can do it!
Serving Size...... 2 people for 2 days (unless you are insane)
Prepare Time... less than 1 hour

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C warmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • hearty amounts of cinnamon (adjust to your tastes)
Icing Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons soft butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 c confectioner's sugar
1. Set out butter to come to room temp!
2. Gather ingredients.
3. Fling all of your dough ingredients into a bowl, mixing thoroughly.
4. When you can pat it into a ball, put it back into the floured mixing bowl and let it rest for 15 minutes.
5. If you're going to bake them immediately, pre-heat the oven to 400.
6. After it has rested, come back to your dough and roll it out into a rectangle on a floured surface.
7. Take your allotted softened butter, and spread it across surface with a spoon or spatula.
8. Then sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and brown sugar.
9. Roll up into a roll, and then slice.
10. This is where you must decide whether or not to be insane. You can form this batch into two enormous rolls, or 4 smaller, more sane ones. I recommend the sane route. The huge ones are lovely and impressive to look at,  but they have trouble cooking to the center thoroughly, and quite frankly, might send you into a sugar coma.
11. Now, when you have your buns, you can either pop them into your preheated oven (using a greased pan) or, and this achieves slightly better results, put them in the refrigerator overnight and bake them the next
morning. Either way, you want to bake them for around 15 minutes (or slightly more if you made the huge ones).
12. Then, whip together the few frosting ingredients, and spread over the warm rolls when they emerge from the oven. ENJOY THESE BABIES!