Cinnamon Rolls

Let's Chat about Cinnamon Rolls

I'm pretty open to different versions: white sugar or brown sugar, different bread recipes...but I do have 2 absolute will not waiver requirements.

Pretty Please? I don't know why they offend me so, but they do. Save the raisins for trail mix, they have no business in your sweet roll (or mine anyway).  

#2- Every cinnamon roll from my kitchen will be topped with CREAM CHEESE frosting. 
The powdered sugar icing business is just fine, BUT cream cheese frosting takes it to a whole new level.

This is my go-to bread recipe because it is pretty much no fail. 
I put everything in my Bosch mixer and mix away, easy peasy.

Bread Dough Recipe
2 1/2 cups Warm Water
3 eggs
1/2 cup shortening
3 Tablespoons yeast
1 Tablespoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
8-9 cups flour 
1 stick of softened butter
Brown sugar for sprinkling (at least 2 cups)
Cinnamon for sprinkling  (at least 4 tablespoons
(add 1/2 cup at a time after 7 cups to desired consistency)

Mix all ingredients together in your stand mixer with dough hook attachment. 

Put a little bit of canola oil in a large bowl and use a paper towel to spread the oil. 

Form the dough from your mixer into a ball and place the ball in the oiled bowl. 

Cover with a kitchen towel & let the dough rise for 1 hour. 

After one hour, punch the dough down and let rise again for 30 minutes. 

Flour your counter-top, punch down the dough and pinch off about 1/3 -1/2 of the dough (whichever amount you are most comfortable working with). 

Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to be about 1/2 inch thick. 

You want to roll your dough in a rectangle shape (cut sides to make a rectangle if you need to and use that extra dough in your next batch). 

When you have your rectangle, take about 1/2 a stick of softened butter (or more, use your judgement, but be generous) and spread it onto the dough with your hands, covering the entire thing with butter. 

Next, sprinkle a tablespoon or two of cinnamon on top of the butter and spread it around followed by a cup or so of brown sugar, spread evenly. 

Starting on one of the long sides of your rectangle, tightly roll the dough towards you until all the dough is rolled. 

Place the dough roll seam-side down on the counter, cut 1 inch segments and place in a greased pyrex or cookie sheet. 

Rise an additional 30-45 minutes. 

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or so. 

This is a picture of them mid-bake in my dirty well loved oven.
While your rolls are baking, make your 

Cream Cheese Frosting

1-8oz block of cream cheese softened
1 stick of softened butter
1 tsp vanilla 
3 cups powdered sugar

Cream together cream cheese and butter. Add vanilla. Slowly add powdered sugar, scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until fully incorporated.

I like to frost my rolls right out of the oven so the cream cheese frosting drips down into every place possible and covers the cinnamon roll 
all nice and gooey like!

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