Sunday, October 28, 2007
Ultimate Cinnamon Roll with Vanilla / Maple Frosting
Ultimate Cinnamon Roll with Vanilla Frosting
1-1/2 packages (about 3-1/4 teaspoons) dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
4 to 5 cups sifted flour
2 cups powdered sugar (I used much less. I added 1/4 cup at a time until it became thick)
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon of 100% Pure Maple Syrup
milk or cream (2 to 4 tablespoons)
Add the warm water to the yeast and soak 10 minutes.
Scald milk; pour over the shortening. Add sugar and salt and cool to tepid. Add the dissolved yeast and beaten egg. Add 4 cups flour adding one at a time beating after each addition.
Dough should be soft yet firm enough to handle.
Knead on floured board until elastic and smooth. Avoid too much flour. Turn dough into well oiled bowl. Let rise for 1-1/2 hours.
Press dough down and divide into workable size. Roll dough out into a rectangle. Cover with melted butter. Layer with a generous thick layer* of brown sugar. Sprinkle on cinnamon* as desired. If you like raisins, layer on a layer of raisins. Roll up jellyroll fashion.
Cut off slices about 1 to 1-1/2 inches thick. Place slices in an 8 or 9 inch round greased cake pan. Place one slice in the middle and other slices around it. Press rolls down to even out and fill pan. Let rise until rolls fill the pan generously...about another hour.
Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 15 - 20 minutes. If rolls get too brown, cover with a piece of tine foil until the end of baking. Do not over bake rolls.
Remove immediately from pan by inverting onto a plate and then tip over onto another plate to right the rolls. I left them in the pan and they did fine.
For the Frosting:
In a medium bowl, place sugar, butter and vanilla and 100% Pure Maple Syrup. Then stir in enough milk or cream to reach a thick, hardly-able to stir consistency.
Spread over warm rolls as soon as they are placed on a plate to let the frosting melt and run into the rolls.
Tip: I made these the night before and let them rise. Then I cover them and put them in the refrigerator. In the morning I set them out for about an hour and let them come to room temperature and then baked. These would taste great all whole wheat. Here is a great web site with pictures of how to make cinnamon rolls.