This recipe does not require over night proving or even an hour proving. It takes only 30 minutes to prove but since I was in la la land at the time when I left my dough to "double in size" I think it double halfed? lol. And for this recipe you don't need a tray to roll it out and all the other time consuming bits. I am lazy I like things to be made quickly. I used muffin cake tins too for these cause I hate the mess when it's all in one pan. It's all nice and individual and was easy to come out of the muffin holes. They look like muffins but who cares it tasted good :). The rolls smelt so nice coming from the oven and it was lovely with cream cheese frosting on top. You don't have to do this but it's just an extra bit of something :). I deserved it lol.
before going into the oven. yeah ugly but who caresss lols
Here is the recipe as follows. It will take approximately 2 hours including the proving time.
EASY CINNAMON ROLLS / SCROLLS
You will need:
For the rolls
- 1/4 (55g) unsalted butter room temperature and softened
- 3/4 cups of milk
- 3 1/4 cups plain flour sifted
- 7g (pkt) instant yeast
- 1/4 white sugar
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 cup of brown sugar packed
- 1 egg at room temperature
- 1 tbs ground or crushed cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (115g) of butter softened at room temperature
- Optional extras: raisins, walnuts, canned apple, canned apricot in halves
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/2 cup of cream cheese (the cold one in the cheese aisle)
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1/3 to 1/2 vanilla extract (a drop)
- 1/8 tsp of salt
In a small saucepan heat milk until you see bubbles. Immediately remove from heat and add the butter into it slowly stirring until all the butter is melted. Leave it to cool.
In a large mixing bowl add only 2 and 1/4 cups of the sifted flour, yeast sugar and salt and mix well. Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and add water, egg and the cool butter/milk mixture into the bowl. Work it with a spatula. Then add the remaining sifted flour 1/2 cup at a time working it with spatula. Work it with the spatula until you see a dough form into a soft doughy ball. Turn the ball onto a lightly covered floured surface and knead until smooth. The consistency you are going for should not be too sticky and not too firm either.
Leave the ball in a big bowl with a moist towel over it and prove it for about 30 minutes. It should rise and double in size. Then after 30 minutes take the ball out of the bowl and punch air out of it and let it rise again for another say 10 minutes. In that 10mintues, in a small bowl combine the butter, sugar and cinnamon.
When the dough is ready, roll out the dough on a floured surface. Get it in a nice rectangle shape (12 (30cms) x 9 (12cms) inch). Does not have to be perfect. Now spread the dough with the butter, sugar and cinnamon mixture. I did not use all of the mixture. It was a bit too much. You can add raisins, walnuts or apple at this stage. Then carefully roll up dough slowly and cut the roll up into about an inch to an inch and half thick or 12 equal sizes.
Now place the cut side up in greased muffin cups. Cover and let it rise for another 30 minutes. Prehead oven at 190 degrees. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from muffin cups to cool.
out of the oven. smells divine. i am in heaven lol. Looks dry but it is nottt :P. It has this nice crispy (or crunchy) texture. Divineee divinneee
I recommend to store it in a air tight container up to 2 days. If more it will go hard! When you want to eat it pop it into the microwave for 10 seconds only! YUMMM....out it comes warm and chewyyY!
EXTRA FATTYNESS::: For the cream cheese frosting:
Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Then add the icing sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Now spread the frosting on warm rolls before serving. YUMM!
topped with cream cheese frosting. yummm. the sweet bread wasn't too dry or doughy...just right!
I tried to give half of these to my neighbours but they weren't at home. Too bad now lol
I recommend this recipe to anyone that wants something warm and sweet. I am not a very good baker but this time round I got it right!! The roll tasted like it was from a bakery! lols. *tear drop*