This week, I wanted to share my cinnamon bun recipe with you. I didn't make them this week, but made them a few weeks back for a girl's night I hosted.
First, of course, you need to make the dough.
Combine 4 Tbsp yeast and 1-2 tsp sugar in 2 c. warm water. Set aside.
Beat the following, then add yeast mixture.
1 c. sugar
1 c. oil
2 Tbsp salt
2 c. warm water
4 c. flour
Add 6 more cups of flour (or enough to just barely knead). Cover with a clean dry towel and let rise twice (I usually do about 30-40 mins first and then 20-30 mins the next time... but it is not going to hurt to go a bit longer or shorter).
You might want to make a half batch -this makes a LOT. If I make a full batch I usually make buns and cinnamon rolls.
Roll out some dough into a rectangle (about 1/2 inch thick) on a floured surface. Then either brush with some softened or melted margarine (or butter) or spread it on with a butter knife. Make sure to leave about 1/2 inch with no butter on ONE long edge. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and brown sugar wherever there is butter. Then roll it, starting with the long edge that has toppings (easiest if this is the edge closest to you). Make sure to roll it up sort of tight -if it's too loose, they kind of fall apart. Slice into 1-inch slices.
Now you will need to make the "goop" (topping). For 1 8-inch square pan you make one batch. I usually make about 15 rolls (in my 12 by 18 inch pan, so I triple it).
Heat slowly in a saucepan until melted and blended (not grainy)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. margarine
1 Tbsp corn syrup
Pour into your pan. Spread it around, if necessary, to cover the bottom of pan. Place your cinnamon roll slices in the "goop", leaving about 1 inch (maybe a bit less) in between. Cover with towel again and let rise (about 15-30 minutes -until they are big and growing close together). Then bake 20 minutes at 375 F. Cool for a few minutes (3-4) then flip pan upside down onto waxed paper. DO NOT scrape the extra "goop" out of the pan -it gets hard and yucky. This is the tricky part... go FAST! So they don't fall in a big heap.
Wow, that seems like a long post... I would say sorry, but these are super good -it will be worth it!
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