Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls

(The dropping temperature or an occasional overshadow , call for recipes that comfort our soul and fill our kitchen and house with aroma of spices. A go-to recipe that is bound to be talk of the town is Cinnamon rolls.)

Ingredients : 
For the dough : Dough : 1.5 cup all purpose flour , 1/4 cup sugar , 1 packet yeast (2 +1/4 tspn)
1/2 tspn salt , 1/2 cup milk , 3 tbsp oil , 1 egg , 
For the filling : 1 tbsp unsalted butter , 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 tbsp cinnamon powder
For glaze : 1 cup powdered sugar , 1/2 tsp vanilla extract , 2 tbsp milk.

Procedure :

Sift the measured dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (all purpose flour , sugar , salt , yeast). Add 1/2 cup measured luke warm milk and mix well. This will activate the yeast.

Add 1 egg  + 3 tbsp oil and mix well. At this stage the flour is a little sticky and loose. Scrape the flour mixture on a working platform with a thin layer of all purpose flour on it. Start adding additional all purpose flour little at a time and keep incorporating it to form a nice clean ball of dough. It may take around 1/4 cup all purpose flour to get the desired result. Knead the dough well for about 3 minutes. Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile mix 2 tsp cinnamon powder and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar. Grease a baking sheet with unsalted butter.
After the dough has rested well spread a little flour on the platform and roll the dough into a rectangle shape (about 1/2 cm thick). Spread 1 tbsp room temperature unsalted butter evenly on the rolled sheet. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar + cinnamon mixture. Start rolling the longer edge of the sheet into a roll. Roll it tightly may cause peaks in the center. So make sure to roll loosely. Cut the rolls into 3/4th inch pieces and place them on a baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet and let it rest for 1.5 hrs. 

Preheat oven at 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.

To glaze the baked rolls , mix 1 cup powdered sugar , 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Mix well and add milk little at a time so that you get a thick paste. When the rolls cool down little bit , drizzle the glaze over them and relish the sweet retreat. 


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