(above) Cinnamon rolls after the second rise.
(above) A cinnamon roll with icing.
(above) Cinnamon rolls bagged and ready for the freezer!
Makes around 15 rolls
1 teaspoon white sugar
0.2 ounces instant yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (add a teaspoon more if you are crazy about cinnamon)
1/4 cup softened butter
In a small bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon sugar and yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy and foamy, about 10 minutes. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup butter and salt; stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm.
In a large bowl, combine the yeast mixture, milk mixture, eggs and 1 1/2 cup flour; stir well to combine. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add a splash of milk if the dough seems too dry. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. Combine 3/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, roll into an 18x14 inch rectangle. Brush with 2 tablespoons softened butter, leaving 1/2 inch border uncovered; sprinkle with brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Starting at long side, tightly roll up, pinching seam to seal. Brush with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Using dental floss (tie around the log and pull to cut), cut into 15 pieces; place cut side down, in prepared pan. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in volume. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Bake in preheated oven for 12 - 17 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool in pan for 1 minute, then invert onto serving platter. Iced if desired.