Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Al’s Buns

My sister-in-law Allison has some nice buns.  Talking about Cinnamon Buns people…  She makes a mean cinnamon roll.  Ok, they are only mean in the way they are addictive and might have an impact on my buns… and now I’m not talking about Cinnamon Buns….
Allison has made these cinnamon rolls for when we’ve had weekends away and she also brought them to Bronwyn’s baptism brunch.  I’m pretty sure those were the only empty pans in the place!  People even waited to get food until those were on the buffet.
I made them this past Saturday/Sunday when we needed a day at home.  Mine weren’t nearly as good as hers, but they were pretty close.  These also aren’t nearly as much work as you might think – as long as you have a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.  And the left overs?  Mmmm microwave for a 45 seconds and ahhhh the cinnamon roll experience all over again. 

Al's Cinnamon Rolls
What you need!
1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup margarine, melted
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, softened
5 oz cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons butter, softened
2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Make it!
Place dough ingredients in stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.  Let machine knead dough for 5 minutes.
Let dough rest in covered bowl.  After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon for filling.
Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.
If you want to do them the day before.  Refrigerate after rolls have raised the second time in the pan for 30 minutes.  The next morning, put into a cold oven and start the oven at 350 for 25 – 3- minutes.

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