My daughter was a bit under the weather this week. After several days of general misery and eating very little, she finally began to rally, and to wish aloud for cinnamon rolls. "No problem," I said. "I'll whip some up in a jiffy!" The good news is that within a couple of hours we had fresh, soft cinnamon rolls piping hot from the oven...ahhhhh. The bad news is that they were really, really, really good--more like fabulous.
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For my daughter's part, downing a couple of deliciously sweet cinnamon rolls was a much needed indulgence, but on my part, not so much. If truth be told, I would likely be better off if I stuck to the baking part and left eating of the tasty baked goods to others. Forever. Sigh.
I'm glad I don't know where my readers are in this Battle to Resist the Scrumptious Baked Goods. So let it be that I share my Homemade Cinnamon Rolls recipe with you, even while issuing this warning: Resistance is actually, truly, completely futile!
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
6-7 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup water
1. Mix the flour and salt together in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
2. Combine the milk, sugar and shortening in a medium saucepan over medium heat until almost boiling, stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm, then sprinkle the yeast over the milk, stir and wait 2 minutes. Add the egg and beat with a fork.
3. Pour the milk mixture into the flour and mix well with a wooden spoon. Turn out onto a well-floured board and knead for 10 minutes. Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with plastic and a towel and put in a warm place until it doubles in size.
4. Punch the dough down, roll out into a rectangle shape. Mix the 3/4 cup sugar with the cinnamon. Spread the melted butter onto the dough and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, then roll up tightly. Slice the dough into 1 1/2-inch pieces and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Cool rolls completely.
5. Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, vanilla and 1/4 cup water. Spread generously over each roll.
6. Make no attempt to resist. Grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and dig right in!
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