Good things come to those who wait…
I’ve waited for 20+ years to reach the point in my education where I could start to understand how the human body works. I’ll wait patiently through a 8 hour surgery for the 10 minutes during which I get the opportunity to show off my mad suturing skills (mind you, those sutures should really take me 2 minutes…). So why not wait 2 hours for some delicious fresh-from-the-oven homemade cinnamon buns? The 500+ calories of sugary goodness make it totally worth it.
(Adapted from Clone of a Cinnabon)
What you need:
- 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F)
- 2 eggs at room temperature
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour (bread flour makes the bus fluffier)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 1/2 tbs ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1 tbs milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
What you need to do:
- Place the warm milk, eggs, 1/3 cup melted butter, bread flour, 1 tsp salt, white sugar, and yeast in a bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer (I just added everything in the order listed above). Set the machine to “dough cycle” and press start.
- After the dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll the dough out into a 16 by 21 inch rectangle.
- Take the 1/3 cup softened butter and spread it evenly over the rolled out dough.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the butter covered dough.
- Roll the dough into a long tube, and cut it into 12 pieces.
- Place the rolls in a lightly greased 9 by 13 inch baking pan, cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Bake the rolls in the oven until golden brown (about 15 minutes).
- While the rolls are in the oven, combine the cream cheese, milk, vanilla extract, confectioner’s sugar, and 1/8 tsp salt.
- When the rolls are done baking, coat them with frosting and get ready to enter a food coma.