I have fallen in love with cinnamon rolls. And yes, these are really The Perfect Cinnamon Rolls. Here is how this came to be.
Story Title: Cinnamon Rolls Saga
A few weeks ago, I decided to make cinnamon rolls. They had a good taste and texture. But I sort of over baked them. I took some photos and my family and I did enjoy them. But I didn’t sleep well that night. So a few days after, I gave it a shot again. But something went wrong with the activation of the yeast that second time, and they weren’t as fluffy as I would have liked. I decided that it was over! No more cinnamon rolls baking for me. But my soul wasn’t happy. I wanted to make the perfect cinnamon rolls. And just last week, I gave it another shot.
With some tweaking here and there… Voila!
The Perfect Cinnamon rolls 🙂 Fluffy, soft, yummy and flavoursome.
5 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
5 tbsp baking powder
1/3 cup shredded butter
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 tbsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups luke warm milk
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar (for yeast activation)
1/4 cup luke warm water (for yeast activation)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cinnamon powder
1/4 cup oil
Combine yeast with 1 tsp sugar and 1/4 cup warm water. Let stand for 5-7 minutes until foamy.
Tip: The water should not be too hot or cold. Luke warm is important. If the water is too hot it will kill the yeast. If the water is too cold it won’t activate the yeast.
In a bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cornstarch, cinnamon powder, salt, butter and the yeast mixture. Add vanilla and gradually add milk as needed. Knead until dough becomes smooth and elastic.
Place the dough in greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place until the dough rises and doubles in size.
Meanwhile, mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the filling.
When dough is ready, roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Do not put too much pressure on dough when rolling. Glaze dough with oil. Then spread cinnamon and sugar mixture over the dough. Roll dough into a log shape. Then cut rolls out of the log. Place rolls onto a prepared baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25- 30 minutes, or until slightly golden.