For well over a year my wife and I have been experimenting with various recipes for cinnamon rolls in an attempt to find perfection. We hit a few snags along the way and learned two vitally important things:
…not all dough is created equal…
…not all frosting is created equal…
After plenty of experimentation we have found a perfect match for dough and frosting. The basis for the frosting recipe is a tweak on one that I found for a carrot cake that I made recently.
1 cup warm milk (or half and half)
2 eggs, room temp
1/3 cup butter, melted
4 1/2 cups bread flour or regular flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 pkg yeast (1/4 oz or ~1.5 tsp)
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened
7-8 oz cream cheese, softened
6 oz tbsp butter, softened
4 tsp sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups confectioner sugar
Microwave milk for one minute. Dissolve yeast in warm milk in a large bowl. Add sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour. Mix well. Knead dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour. Put in a bowl sprayed with cooking spray and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until dough has doubled in size. I let rise overnight and it was delicious.
In a small bowl, thoroughly combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Spray surface with cooking spray or sprinkle flour on it. Roll dough into a 16×21 inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Spread dough with 1/3 cup softened butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough starting with the longer side and cut into 12 rolls (or more smaller rolls). Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch glass baking dish. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls in heated oven until golden brown, about 18-20 minutes.
Make the frosting: Process cream cheese, butter, sour cream, vanilla, and salt in food processor until combined, about 5 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed. Add confectioners’ sugar and process until smooth, about 10 seconds.