I'm late. There really are no excuses for not posting a cinnamon roll recipe. I mean it is only a cinnamon roll recipe, except everyone and their grandma's aunt third cousins nephew removed by marriage and divorce has a recipe for cinnamon rolls. Is mine any better? No, but they are my cinnamon rolls, actually they are from the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Cookbook so technically they belong to Kitchen Aid but still.
I read serious eats a lot. It's my go-to food web site. If you have a question someone, actually multiple people, will answer it for you. Right before and after Christmas, there were a plethora of questions and postings about Kitchen Aid Mixers. "What kind of mixer I get? What should be the first thing I make with my mixer?" What I noticed was a lot of people asking about the little cookbook that comes with your stand mixer. I took mine for granted until someone mentioned it has an English Muffin Bread recipe. WHAT!? My cookbook doesn't have that recipe. It would save me multiple trips to Trader Joe's if someone could give me that recipe. Think about the environment. I could save the world from global warming if someone, anyone, would email me that recipe. My kids wouldn't starve or be grounded because they ate the last piece of my favorite bread. World peace and the end of global warming as we know it all for a bread recipe. Maybe I should run for president?
I digress, a lot. Anyways, here's the recipe...
Cinnamon Swirl Rounds: (see Kitchen Aid got all fancy and changed the name)
Basic Sweet Dough:
3/4 cup low fat milk (I used heavy cream)
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 packages active dry yeast
1/3 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
3 eggs, room temperature
5 1/2 - 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Place milk, sugar, salt, and butter in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Cool to lukewarm. [when you read that last sentence does anyone think of Cool Hand Luke? No? Alright back to the recipe.]
Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed mixer bowl. Add lukewarm milk mixture, eggs, and 5 cups of flour. Attach bowl and dough hook to mixer. Turn to speed 2 and mix about 2 minutes.
Continuing on speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix about 2 minutes, or until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of bowl. Knead on speed 2 about 2 minutes longer. [remember when Chuck Woolery on Love Connection use to say 'Be back in two and two.' This part of the recipe reminds me of that.]
Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. [Go Greased Lightnin' Your burning up the quarter mile Greased Lightnin' Go Greased Lightnin'! *just making sure you are paying attention!] Cover. Let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
Cinnamon Swirl Rounds:
1 cup firmly packed brow sugar
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans [I never put these in my cinnamon rolls. I want soft, warm and gooey... not soft, warm, gooey, then BAM! crunchy, like you just broke a tooth. Not good.]
1 tablespoon of orange zest [this isn't in the recipe and is totally optional]
1 recipe of sweet dough
Place brown sugar, sugar, butter, flour, cinnamon, walnut, and orange zest in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Turn to speed 2 and mix about 1 minute. [does that make it 2 and 1?]
Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Roll dough to 10x24-inch rectangle. Spread sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly on dough. Roll dough tightly from long side to form 24-inch roll, pinching seam together. Cut into twenty four 1-inch slices.
Place 12 rolls each in two greased 13x9x2-inch baking pans. Cover. Let rise in warm place, free from draft, 45-60 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. [because they are on yeasty 'roids]
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes. Remove from pans immediately. Spoon Caramel Glaze over warm rolls.
1/3 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place evaporated milk and brown sugar in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly.
Place milk mixture, powdered sugar, and vanilla in mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to mixer. Turn to speed 4 and beat about 2 minutes [4 and 2?] or until creamy.
So that's it. Another cinnamon roll recipe out there on the internets. But did those recipes have a sing-a-long from Grease, talk about yeasty steroids, Cool Hand Luke, global warming, world peace and the hunky Chuck Woolrey? No, they didn't and that's why my cinnamon rolls rule.
*it's too bad this post didn't contain some Anthony Bourdain then these would be the best cinnamon rolls in the universe and I would be its supreme commander.