This is the 100th recipe of Tertúlias de Forno e Fogão! Nothing goes better with the cold weather than a nice hot cinnamon roll! This is a wonderful recipe for Valentine’s Day’s brunch (which, in Brazil, we celebrate on June 12, for some crazy reason).
A while back, I tested a wonderful recipe by Technicolor Kitchen: raspberry jam rolls. It was my first attempt at “rolls,” and it was a major hit. After eating about four rolls, Sky asked me: “when are you making cinnamon rolls?”
I looked for a recipe, but I didn’t seem to like any! So I finally decided to do the obvious: I combined the jam rolls dough with a filling of my own creation. It was fantastic!
For the dough, you’ll need:
1 ¼ teaspoons instant dry yeast
2/3 cup (160ml) whole milk, lukewarm
55 g granulated sugar
450 g all purpose flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
100 g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
For the filling, you’ll need:
120 g butter
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 ½ Tbsp ground cinnamon
½ Tbsp nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts – optional.
For the (very optional) frosting, you’ll need
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Naturally, we’ll start with the dough. In a big bowl, mix the yeast, the milk, and 1 Tbsp of the sugar. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes. When the mixture has bubbled, with a layer that looks like beer foam, it’s time to add the rest of the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, eggs, vanilla, and butter. Mix with a silicon spatula until all ingredients are incorporated.
Now it’s time to put your gym membership to a good use: knead! (Or just use a stand mixer with a hook attachment). Knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic. When this happens, shape it into a ball, and place it back in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in volume.
While the dough rises, you can prepare the filling: melt the butter and mix the honey, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Chop the walnuts and set aside.
If, like me, you don’t have a nice counter to work with, cover a table with plastic wrap, so it’s easier to roll out the dough and clean up! 😀
Butter a baking pan – mine was 8 x 12 inches, and it was just right.
Now that the dough has risen, it’s time to roll it out. Lightly flour your work surface and use a rolling pin to shape the dough into a 24 x 10-inch rectangle.
Spread the filling over the dough, leaving a 0.5-inch border uncovered. It may seem like you won’t have enough filling, but spread it nicely and it will cover everything. Sprinkle the walnuts.
Starting from the widest side, roll the dough firmly. You might think this is scary, but just go slowly. When you’re done rolling, admire your work for a minute, thinking “wow, I’m good at this stuff!” Slice the roll into 12 pieces and place them with the cut side up on the prepared baking pan.
Cover the baking pan and let the rolls rise for about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven, do the dishes, etc…
Bake the rolls for 25-30, or until they are golden. Let them cool in the baking pan for about 10 minutes, then carefully place them on a cooling rack.
If you want to, make the frosting. Place the confectioner’s sugar into a bowl and add the lemon juice, 1 Tbsp at a time, mixing well until you reach the consistency shown in the picture. Drizzle the frosting over the cooled rolls. If you want, you can simply dust some confectioner’s sugar over the rolls, it’s pretty!
As this is a time-consuming recipe, don’t bother making half. Freeze the cooled unfrosted rolls in a Ziploc bag. To serve, thaw them completely, then spray a bit of water over them and place in the oven for 5-10 minutes, to warm up! 🙂