Comfort Baking: Easy Cinnamon Rolls

This week, I’m going to tell you how to make your own cinnamon rolls. They’re easy, tasty, and only require a few ingredients that you likely have on hand. And they come out looking like this:

First, you’ll need these ingredients as well as a whisk, a rolling pin, and a baking pan (circular or squared are both fine and will produce lovely results!)

1/4 ounce of dried yeast (one packet)

3/4 cup of lukewarm water

3/4 of a cup of warm milk or soy milk if you’d like it vegan

1/4 of a cup of white sugar

1/4 cup of butter, shortening, or Earth Balance if you want to go vegan

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

1 1/2 eggs (can use applesauce or a tablespoon of ground flax seed and a tablespoon of water for vegan recipe)

5 1/4 cups of flour

1/2 cup of melted butter/Earth Balance

1 cup of brown sugar with 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon mixed in

a splash of extra cream or soymilk

To get started, bloom your yeast in the lukewarm water. Let it sit until it is bubbly and activated.

Meanwhile, put your warm milk, sugar, butter/shortening, salt, and egg in a bowl and whisk it until it’s smooth. You can also use a handmixer or a Kitchenaide if you’re fancy.

Add the yeast to the milk mixture, and work in the flour a cup at a time. This will make your dough. Let it rise for about 15 minutes. Then take a rolling pin and roll your dough into a rectangle. You don’t have to make it perfect, but get it as close as you can.

Then, you’re going to pour your melted butter over the whole thing. Make it reach as far to the edges as you can without making a mess, like so:

Next, take your brown sugar and cinnamon, and work it evenly into the melted butter.

Starting at the bottom left corner, start rolling the whole thing into a nice log of deliciousness. When you’re done, it should look like this:

Using a very sharp knife, you’ll want to cut 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces off of it. Then you’ll fit those pieces into your pan likeso:

Now here’s a pro-tip for making the cinnamon rolls gooey — pour just a splash of cream over them before you pop them into an oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

If you’d like to make a glaze, you can use powdered sugar and a tiny bit of water, whisked together to a thick consistency (be careful when you add water, a little goes a long way). Or, if you want to be extra decadent, you can mix together half a package of cream cheese with some powdered sugar to taste, and a little cream.

Voila! You’ve got fresh cinnamon rolls and your whole family rejoices!

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