Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Nirvana has been realized in the form of cinnamon, sugar and dough. And butter. Lots and lots of butter.
OLD RED BARN CO. CINNAMON ROLLS
1/4 ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup melted butter, plus 2-3 tablespoons for pan
3/4 cup sugar, plus 1/3 cup for pan
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped pecan and/or dried currants
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-6 tablespoons hot water
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add two cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 7 to 10 minutes. Place in a well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
When doubled in size, punch dough down. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15 by 9 inch rectangle. Spread melted butter over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle pecans and dried currants if desired. Beginning at the 15 inch side, role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.
Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled - about 45 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove pan to wire cooling rack.
Note: You may make the cinnamon roll slices a day in advance and keep them in the 15 by 9 inch prepared pan in the refrigerator until before baking. However, the rising time will be longer than the 45 minutes as stated above. First the dough will have to come to room temperature and then it will need 45 minutes to rise on top of that.
Once the cinnamon rolls have cooled a bit, mix butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches the desired consistency. Drizzle glaze over cinnamon rolls. (I always have leftover glaze but that gives someone the option of putting more on their individual cinnamon roll if desired.)
So dang good.
Just don't go blaming me if your pants won't button anymore.