Monday, January 21, 2013

Meal Monday: Cinnamon Rolls

Yep, these have happened a couple times in the past few weeks (yes, I work out so I can eat). Not the healthiest of meals but fast for a yeast bread & really yummy. I found the original recipe on Pinterest but didn't like the frosting posted so that creation came from the web. I also don't own a stand mixer so I mix this with my hand mixer. A PITA but it's not worth the $300+ or taking more counter space so I make do.  This recipe makes 24 big cinnamon rolls, but I always cut it in half because I really don't need 2 dozen calorie bombs in my house.

Here's what you do:

Mix and let sit for 15 minutes:
3 1/2 cups warm water
2/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
6 Tbsp yeast

Then add:
1 Tbsp salt
3 eggs
10 1/2 cups flour

Mix together for 10 minutes, then sit for 10 minutes.

using my hand mixer - you need to stop frequently and clear the blades.
Oil cupboard (don't use flour), dump out dough.  Divide in half.  Roll one half out into a rectangle. I just use my hands.
Spread with 1/4 cup melted butter and then with cinnamon-sugar mixture.
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Roll up tight, but not too tight.  Divide into 12 rolls and place on greased cookie sheet (I use a piece of parchment paper, too, which makes clean up much easier).  If you make sure the edges are all near the middle, you won't have dry pieces.  Repeat with other half of the dough.  Let it rise for a few minutes - it won't take long.

Bake for 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees or until the tops are golden brown.

Allow to cool - if you frost them too soon the frosting will just melt.  I'm a sucker for cream cheese frosting and this is what I use:
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup softened cream cheese
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

I actually plugged this into My Fitness Pal, and each roll with cream cheese frosting is about 450 calories.  Sometimes you just have to splurge.

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