Good morning everyone! The sun has finally set its place in the sky and it won’t leave. It was the perfect excuse to make something special for breakfast, as I value this meal a lot. I don’t even give lunch this special treatment. During breakfast I use fancy plates and a lot of colors. So, I decided to make my first ever cinnamon rolls.
You may notice that these don’t look like the ones you find in coffee shops like this one. That’s because I tended to make a lighter-suitable for breakfast version. ‘Cause this baby right here (courtesy of Starbucks) may look yummy but has tons of sugar (40 gr that is) and for a person like me who eats a small treat after each meal is a lot. So I skipped the sugary icing and minimized the amount of sugar in the dough. Yet, the rolls taste great, just not as mouthwatering.
After this introduction, let’s skip to the recipe.
For the dough
1 cup skim milk
2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 cup of whole wheat flour
50 gr of butter
For the filling mixture
50 gr of butter
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
Where to begin?
1. Warm the milk a bit and add the dry yeast to dissolve. Leave it aside for a few minutes.
2. Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in a large bowl.
3. Melt the butter (not too much) and then add the yeast with the milk and stir until combined. Then, pour in the liquid mixture slowly in the dry mixture (flour,sugar,salt) and mix with a spoon. When it gets to difficult to mix with a spoon, use your hands! It’s quite simple for there. You should kneed with your hands and add a bit of flour if the mixture is sticky. You will know it’s ready when the dough is not sticky (remains in your hands) and it’s soft and elastic. Put it in the bowl and cover it with a towel or zelatine. Leave it for an hour or two. I personally went for a coffee and continued when I got back.
Your dough will double its size.
Take out your dough and with a plaster try to roll it into a rectangle about 30cmx40cm.
It’s time to fill your dough. Warm the 50gr of butter a bit and spread it on the dough evenly. If you think you need more, add more. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and the sugar.
Now, the fun part begins! Roll your dough starting from the bigger side of the rectangle and be sure to be gentle.
Cut the roll in half and then the halfs in half. Then cut each half in 3 or 4 parts depending on how big you want your rolls.
Place them on a baking sheet and brush them with some milk. If you like sprinkle some sugar on top of them! You may want to leave them rest again for 30 minutes if you like them bigger and puffier.
Set your oven at 200C and bake for 15 to 20 minutes on until your rolls are lightly brown.
Enjoy your cinnamon roll with a cup of fresh milk!