Sunday, May 5, 2013

Jana's Cinnamon Rolls

When we lived in Arizona I went to a great Relief Society meeting that taught us about making breads.  We learned how to make dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, and more!!!  I took notes on my handouts and was so excited to learn some tricks from some great women!  Our bishop's wife, who was also my visiting teacher taught the session on cinnamon rolls.  This recipe is for quick and easy cinnamon rolls and I'd like to share it with you sisters!

Jana starts with a recipe for Relief Society Rolls and then the fun starts!

Relief Society Rolls

1 3/4 C warm water
1/2 C oil
3T. Yeast
3/4 C sugar (you can do less, I usually do 1/2 C)

Mix the above ingredients and let sit for 15 minutes.  It will get all bubbly, which is what you want so you know your yeast is active and working well!

3 C flour
2 Eggs
2 C flour and 1 tsp salt

Mix these, you don't need to do a lot of kneading.  Just mix it until the dough is smooth. Cover and let dough rise for 10 minutes.  If you just want to make dinner rolls, you can roll them out or shape as you would like for rolls.

to make Cinnamon Rolls....

1 C brown sugar
2 T cinnamon
1/2 C melted butter

Divide the dough in half.  Roll out half of the dough on a floured surface to form a rectangle (dough should be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick).  It doesn't have to be perfect.  Try to use as little flour as you can just to keep the dough from sticking to the counter.  You still want the dough to be slightly tacky so it will seal well. Brush the dough with more melted butter then top with the filling.  Roll up on the long edge of the dough to form a long log.  Pinch the dough to seal the edges.  Cut in 1 1/2 inch pieces.  Our favorite way to do this is with unflavored dental floss!  Slip the floss under the log cross and pull to slice the roll.  Place rolls on greased cookie sheets for big single cinnamon rolls, if you want pull-apart cinnamon rolls, put them in a greased 9X13 pan.  Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 15-20 minutes.  Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

Take the rolls out of the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes, while you put together the glaze for the top!

Mix together: 
2 T softened butter
2 T milk
1 t vanilla
2-3 cups powdered sugar to desired consistency. 

Once the rolls have cooled for about 5 minutes (or more - but you still want the rolls to be nice and warm), top them with the glaze.  I put about a teaspoon full on each roll and then add more if needed. 

This is a fun and easy recipe that goes from start to eat in under 1 1/2 hours.  Most of the time is waiting for baking and raising, but it makes for a great Sunday afternoon activity!

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