Sunday, October 24, 2010

Quick Cinnamon Rolls

You may notice that this recipe is my pizza dough recipe. Yep. It is actually a bread dough recipe and I use it for pizza, scones (fry bread), donuts, cinnamon rolls... and well bread. It is so versatile and EASY. The dough does not require a first rising and the only rising time after you form the dough is 25 minutes. Isn't that amazing?! I got the recipe from my sister and love it. Oh and the cream cheese frosting for these is awesome (at least I think so).

Quick Cinnamon Rolls
-makes 2, 9x13 pans of rolls

5 1/4 cups white bread flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons SAF yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons liquid lecithin (can buy at stores like Sprouts, Whole Foods etc.)
2 - 2 1/4 cups hot tap water

1 stick butter, softened and divided
1 cup brown sugar, divided
3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided

Mix dry ingredients in the bowl of a mixer (flour, sugar, salt, and yeast). Add lecithin and water. Mix for 1 minute with dough hook. Check consistency - should be like a stiff cookie dough - if it's too dry add more water, if the dough is too moist add more flour. Mix with a dough hook for 5 minutes on high. Do not add any water or flour to dough after is has finished mixing.

Spray counter or a flat surface with cooking spray, also spray your hands so you can handle the dough easily. Knead dough into a nice smooth ball. Cut in half. Roll out 1 half into a large rectangle. Spread 1/2 stick of softened butter over the rectangle. Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, with 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and spread over the buttered rectangle. Roll up and slice into 15 slices. Place into a greases 9x13 baking dish, 5 rows with 3 rolls in each row. Repeat process with other half of dough. Cover with non-stick sprayed plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 25 minutes.

Heat oven to 375. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top. Allow rolls to cool in pans for about 15 minutes, then spread with cream cheese frosting, recipe below.

Cream Cheese Frosting

6 tablespoons butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened (microwaved for 30 seconds)
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar

Beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

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