I hope everyone is enjoying the new year! Our friends over at Eating for the Rest of Us (also known as... husband) is guest blogging a wonderfully delicious and slightly healthier cinnamon roll recipe, compared to my Cinnabon copy cat, found here.
Eric, of, Eating for the Rest of Us
Typically I would not make cinnamon rolls. It is against the philosophy of Eating for the Rest of Us. It's not very nutritious - YET - I understand the need to indulge, especially around the holidays, and if you're going to do you may as well do it from scratch - which we'll say is part of the Eating for the Rest of Us philosophy. This version follows Peter Reinhart's cinnamon roll recipe with some changes demanded by a certain wife (buttery, brown sugar filling, and cream cheese frosting).
Adapted from Peter Reinhart’s “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice”
Makes 8-12 large or 12-16 smaller buns
For a printable recipe: click here.
- 6 1/2 tablespoons (3.25 ounces) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 5 1/2 tablespoons (2.75 ounces) shortening or unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract or zest
- 3 1/2 cups (16 ounces) unbleached bread or all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons (.22 ounce) instant yeast
- 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 cups (9 to 10 ounces) whole milk or buttermilk, room temperature
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) brown sugar plus 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 cup melted butter
2. Ferment at room temperature for approximately 2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size.
4. Line 1 or more sheet pans with baking parchment. Place the buns approximately 1/2 inch apart.
6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with the oven rack on the middle shelf.
8. Cool the buns in the pan for about 10 minutes, and then glaze the tops. Remove the buns from the pans, and place them on a cooling rack. Wait at least 20 minutes before serving.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar or more, depending on what consistency and sweetness desired.
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract