This was the first cinnamon roll recipe I have made that turned out right, and that tasted great. You bake them in muffin cups! They have a nice soft texture to them and aren't too sweet. I added pecans and raisins to the filling instead of putting the icing on top...the way I like them. I find that things are usually too greasy, so I used 2 tablespoons less butter for the filling, and they were still delicious. If you're eating them the day after, definitely heat them up in the microwave for a few seconds. Another plus is that they are very quick and easy to make; they only have to raise for 30 minutes before they are put into the oven.
Cinnamon Rolls with Instant Yeast
3/4 cup milk
4 T butter, room temperature
3 1/4 cups flour (divided)
1 package instant yeast (I used rapid rise)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teas. salt
1/4 cup water
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 table. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened (I used 6 tablespoons)
-I added (and didn't measure):
Heat the milk in a saucepan until it bubbles; remove from heat. Melt in butter. Let cool to lukewarm. Combine 2 1/4 cups of the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Stir in water, egg and the milk/butter mixture. When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.
Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and softened butter. Roll out dough into a 12 x 9 inch rectangle. Spread dough with filling and roll the dough up lengthwise. Cut into 12 equal size rolls and place cut side up in 12 lightly greased muffin cups. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 F and bake until lightly browned. (The recipe said 20 minutes, but I took them out at 15 and even then they could have been taken out at 12 or 13 minutes.) Remove from muffin cups to cool. It says it makes 12, but I got 21!
Be prepared for a swamp of goo on your muffin tins! It's fun to clean out though...by eating it.
1 table. butter, melted
1 cup powdered sugar
1 table. cream cheese, softened
1-2 tables. milk
1/4 teas. vanilla
Stir together melted butter and powdered sugar to make a thick pasty like substance. Stir in the cream cheese. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, then add vanilla. Put in pastry bag or drizzle with a spoon, or blob on. Make sure the buns are cooled before you do.