Nothing is more inviting than fresh baked cinnamon rolls for breakfast on a Sunday morning.
Anything that involves something other than a half of bagel, a yogurt, or a bowl of oatmeal qualifies as a special breakfast treat to me, and these are definitely a treat!
This recipe produces delicious soft rolls that only require one rise. Meaning, that you will probably able to produce them in a little over an hour if you get busy and have limited distractions.
And what’s better, these rolls can be mixed up by hand and the dough is easy to handle.
One Rise Cinnamon Rolls (adapted from Gimme Me Some Oven)
Spray a 7″x9″ rectangle baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
1 c. milk (I used skim)
3 tbsp. butter, plus 3 tbsp. softened butter set aside
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 1/4 tsp. yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, set 1/2 c. aside
Cinnamon & Sugar Mixture
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix together and set aside.
Frosting (can be made while the rolls are baking)
Half & half cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. butter, softened
To make the dough, melt 3 tbsp. butter in a small sauce pan; add milk and heat on low until just luke warm. Pour into a large mixing bowl: add sugar, salt, and yeast. Mix in egg and flour. Stir until completely mixed and dough doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl.
Knead dough on a lightly floured surface using the 1/2 c. of remaining flour. Roll dough into a large rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Brush softened butter on top of the dough. Sprinkle prepared cinnamon & sugar mixture over top.
Starting with the shortest side of the dough roll into a log. Using a sharp knife cut rolls about 1 1/4″ thick. Place in prepared pan and cover with dish towel. Let rolls rise for about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees while rolls are rising. Bake for about 15-17 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.
Prepare the frosting. I never measure the sugar or cream. Put the softened butter and vanilla in a bowl and start alternating and mixing the sugar and cream until the frosting is the consistency you are looking for. In the case of these rolls, I wanted the frosting to be a little thicker so I could slather it on them.
Can you think of a better treat for Sunday mornings?