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Monday, February 06, 2006

Recipe Time!

Cinnamon Rolls
3 ½ cups flour
1 1/4 c butter, divided
1 T yeast
1 ¼ cups milk
½ c sugar
1 tsp salt
1 egg
In mixing bowl combine 1 ½ cups flour and yeast. Heat milk, sugar, ¼ butter, and salt to 115 , stirring. Add to dry mixture, add egg. Beat at low speed for 30 seconds, then at high for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour to make a soft dough. Shape into ball. Place in lightly greased bowl, turn once to grease surface. Cover, let rise until doubled (1 1/2 -2 hours). Punch down. Let rest 10 minutes. Roll into a 14-20” rectangle (about ¼” thick). If the dough is too elastic let rest for 5 minutes, then roll again. Melt about 6 T butter, spread over dough. Sprinkle sugar on top until the butter cannot absorb any more. Sprinkle cinnamon over this and roll up. Cut into 1-1 1/2” slices, put in greased glass baking dish. Let rise 10-15 minutes. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes. Melt remaining butter, brush over tops of rolls.
If you must frost them, I usually only use a glaze, but often leave them completely bare. For a glaze I start with about a cup of powdered sugar in a zpper bag and add milk, one smidgen at a time until it is thin enough to squeeze over the tops, but not too runny to soak in. This is the easiest way to make them pretty with the least amount of mess.

Someone suggested that I occaionally post a recipe that has won me some sort of award. This can't be a weekly thing (I haven't entered that many cooking contests) so I don't know how often I will. I have entered (and won) two bake-off competitions with this recipe and it is one of my most requested. Sometimes it feels funny to be only 21 and have enough recipes requested to have a "most requested" list. Even my mom switched to my recipe, which started out as hers but has been changed gradually over the past 10 years to what it is now. It's kinda crazy that I started cooking for real when I was 11, huh?


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