Hey there, food enthusiasts! Welcome to my culinary haven, where I’m always on a quest to explore new recipes and create delightful dishes that tantalize the taste buds. Today, I am beyond excited to share with you one of my all-time favorite indulgences—the classic American cinnamon rolls. These mouthwatering treats have been satisfying cravings and bringing joy to breakfast tables for generations.
Imagine sinking your teeth into a warm, pillowy soft roll, swirled with a luscious cinnamon-infused filling and topped with a velvety cream cheese glaze. The aroma that wafts through your kitchen as they bake is simply intoxicating, making it nearly impossible to resist the anticipation of that first bite.
These cinnamon rolls are more than just a pastry; they’re a nostalgic reminder of lazy Sunday mornings, family gatherings, and cherished traditions. Whether enjoyed as a special treat on holidays or as a pick-me-up on a gloomy day, they never fail to bring a smile to our faces and a sense of comfort to our souls.
What makes these rolls truly exceptional is their melt-in-the-mouth texture. Every bite feels like a warm embrace, and the tender dough practically dissolves on your tongue, leaving behind the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. The cinnamon filling, with its delicate blend of warmth and earthiness, complements the buttery richness of the roll, creating a symphony of flavors that dance across your palate.
In the upcoming posts, I will guide you through every step of the process, from making the dough to achieving that irresistible swirl, and finally, crafting the heavenly glaze that crowns these delectable rolls. Trust me, it’s a culinary adventure you won’t want to miss!
So, grab your aprons, dust off your rolling pins, and let’s embark on this journey together as we unravel the secrets behind these famous melt-in-the-mouth rolls, the classic American cinnamon rolls. Prepare to be enchanted by their aroma, seduced by their texture, and utterly captivated by their flavor. Stay tuned, my fellow foodies, and get ready to indulge in pure bliss!
How to Make this Delicious Classic American Cinnamon Rolls
|Prep time: 30 mins||Total time: 3 hrs 25 mins||Yields: 1 dz.|
FOR THE DOUGH
- Cooking spray
- 240 ml warm milk
- 2 1/4 tsp. or 1 (0.25-oz.) packet instant yeast
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 5 tbsp. butter softened
- 560 g plain flour
- 2 tsp. salt
- 100 g granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
FOR THE FILLING
- 110 g butter, softened
- 170 g packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. salt
FOR THE FROSTING
- 170 g cream cheese, softened
- 110 g butter, softened
- 125 g icing sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 60 ml milk or double cream
Lightly grease a large bowl and a 23 x 33cm pan with cooking spray. In a separate large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer using a dough hook, mix together milk and yeast until yeast is mostly dissolved. Add in all remaining dough ingredients on low speed. Continue mixing on medium-high speed until a smooth, soft dough forms and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a greased bowl and rotate so that the outside of the dough is thoroughly greased. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until almost doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Meanwhile, make filling: In a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg if using, and salt until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200°C (180ºC fan). Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and dust with more flour. Roll out into a large square, about 45 x 45cm. Spread to edges with filling, then roll the dough into a log and cut into 12 evenly sized pieces, each about 4cm wide.
Place rolls cut side-up in the prepared baking pan. Cover and let rise again until almost doubled, 30 to 40 minutes.
Bake until golden, 20 to 22 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the frosting: In a large bowl, combine butter and cream cheese and beat until light and fluffy. Add icing sugar, salt, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Gradually add milk (or double cream) to loosen the icing.
Remove cinnamon rolls from the oven and frost immediately. Serve warm.