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Cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls were a favorite snack during undergrad,it was always yummy coming right out of the oven in the pastry shop. The warm smell of cinnamon and butter filled the air as students lined up to buy them fresh. Hands up if you were one of those students.
I know many moms are already overwhelmed with cooking meals,baking doesn't seem to even be an option but its okay to clean out your ovens,one or two bakes will make everyone at home happy. Here's my cinnamon roll,its a yummy winner. I tried the chocolate spread as a second variant and it was goood. Another variant i make has apple pie filling.

Here is the recipe.Its not as complicated as it sounds or may seem. The recipes vary,some add more butter,eggs,sugar but this one works perfectly for me.Take it a step at a time. I hardly put frosting on mine also because its so sweet already.

Ingredients

Bread
  • 3 cups of flour (I double the recipe most times,set some flour aside forr the work surface when rolling your dough)
  • 2 teaspoons of yeast
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1.5 cup cold butter
Filling 
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

Dissolve the yeast in 3 cups of warm water, stir and set aside.
Place the flour,pinch of salt and sugar in a mixing bowl, add the cold butter and mix till its crumbly.
mix in the yeast mixture till you get a dough. knead the dough lightly with the bottom of your palm on a floured surface.

Oil a bowl and keep the dough there,cover with a napkin and leave in a warm place to rise for an hour.
Tto prepare the filling, mix the soft butter,cinnamon and sugar together.

Back to the rolls; flour a surface and roll out your dough about 2 inches thick,with the back of a spoon,spread the filling evenly on the surface of the dough. you can sprinkle raisins on the surface also.

Starting from the end close to you, roll  up the dough away from you (outward) till you have a long cylindrical pastry. cut into slices and arrange them in an oiled baking pan as seen below;


Cover the baking pan with a napkin and keep away for another 15-30 minutes, I usually do this before the kids wake up so that the wait is not so long,or start early enough if i want to serve it as a snack.


Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees centigrade for about 40 minutes. if it starts browning too quickly you may need to cover with a foil or reduce the heat. I usually brush it with butter some minutes before finally bringing them out of the oven.

yumyum


The smell that wafts through the kitchen and the house just announces the cinnamon rolls.

Enjoy! Do let me know how it goes.

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