Friday, 27 July 2012

Foodie Fridays #1: Cinnamon Rolls

I've decided to add a new feature to the Velo Family Diaries, Foodie Fridays, where I will share some of my trusted recipes. Feel free to share your favourites with me, and I may just post them here for others to try! 

For the first instalment of Foodie Fridays. I decided to start out on a sweet note, because this one is a huge favourite in our home, and a great dessert after a nice Sunday meal. It does take a bit of preparation, but is so worth it.

Bon Apetit!

Cinnamon Rolls

1/2 tbsp yeast
3/4 cup warm water (45 degrees Celsius)
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 egg at room temperature
2 1/2 cups flour

Filling (note, double this for extra gooey-ness):
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 brown sugar

Cream Cheese Icing:
1/4 cup softened cream cheese
7 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp milk
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and let stand until creamy, approximately 10 minutes. Add sugar, salt, egg and one cup flour, and stir until well combined. Stir in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well with each addition (I use my hands at this point). When dough has pulled together, turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, or about 8 minutes. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise 10 minutes. Roll out dough to a 1/4" thick rectangle. 

In a small bowl, mix together filling ingredients. Spread filling mix over entire surface of dough, then roll dough along long edge. Slice dough into 8-16 equal size pieces, depending on the size and quantity of rolls you desire. Place pieces in a lightly greased 8"x8" pan.

Cover pan in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight OR cover with a damp cloth and let rise at room temperature till doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake rolls until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

For icing, beat together cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in Vanilla and Milk, then gradually add icing sugar and salt until smooth and fluffy. Top warm rolls with icing and enjoy!

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