Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Frosting (Treats For Co-Irkers)

I practiced on these babies all week. I made so many batches that I ate WAY more than I should have, walked a pan down to the neighbors, and forced the rest on hubby and the kids.

Why all the practicing, you ask? Well, in my opinion, cinnamon rolls taste best on the day that they're made, preferably about a half hour out of the oven, and one minute after they've been frosted. I knew that I wanted to make these cinnamon rolls for the co-irkers, but I didn't want to send in day old rolls and I certainly didn't want to get up during the middle of the night to start baking. So I finally found a way to make the dough, form the rolls, refrigerate them overnight and bake them in the morning.

That doesn't sound like it should have taken a rocket scientist to figure out, does it? Not that I've ever claimed to be the brightest bulb on the tree, but sometimes things aren't as easy as they might seem. You see, when I took the rolls out of the fridge in the morning, it was still taking them over two hours to rise before I could bake them. That would still be cutting into too much of my beauty sleep.

When I discovered that by putting a pan of boiling water in the oven and then placing the rolls on the rack above the boiling water, I shortened the rising time to just a little over a half hour. (NOW you may call me a rocket scientist.)

My recipe instructions below do not include this step, but if you're planning on making cinnamon buns for breakfast instead of lunch, you might want to consider trying it my way. Want to know something ridiculously ironic though? As it turns out, hubby isn't going into work until late tomorrow after all, so I could have just made the whole darn business in the morning!

Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Frosting

For the dough:

1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 TBSP unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup buttermilk powder
1 large egg
1 tsp buttery sweet dough or vanilla flavoring
1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup bread flour
1 1/2 TBSP vital wheat gluten
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
7-8 ounces water. room temperature

For the filling: (see note below if you'd rather not use Baker's cinnamon filling)

1 cup Baker's cinnamon filling
4 TBSP water

For the frosting:

3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

To make the dough:

In bowl of stand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, buttermilk powder and salt until well combined. Add in the egg and beat well. Add the butter sweet dough or vanilla flavoring and beat well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, wheat gluten and yeast.

Add the flour mixture and 7 ounces of the water to the mixing bowl, switch to dough hook and mix/knead dough for 10 minutes. Add the other ounce of water if necessary to make a smooth, supple, tacky but not sticky dough.

Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and place dough in bowl. Spray the top of the dough with cooking spray and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Ferment dough at room temperature for about 2 hours or until doubled in size.

When dough is about finished proofing mix the filling. Just add the water to the filling mix and stir well to combine. Set aside

Spray clean countertop with cooking spray. Transfer proofed dough to counter and pat down into a rectangle. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough relax for about 15 minutes.

Spray rolling pin with cooking spray and roll dough into an 18 X 9 inch rectangle. If dough wants to spring back, let it relax for a few more minutes.

Spread the filling over the entire surface of the dough. I really meant to have a picture of this part, but I forgot to take one before I started rolling. I even considered unrolling it to get the photo but I'm sure you can imagine the mess. Bad idea.

Starting with a long side roll the dough into a log. Slice the log into twelve even pieces. Spray two 10 inch cake pans with cooking spray and place sliced rolls into pans.

Cover pans with greased plastic wrap and let rolls rise for 60-90 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for five minutes, then remove from pan to cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting. Once frosted, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired.

To make the frosting:

Beat cream cheese and butter together. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Add the vanilla and beat. You may have to add a tablespoon or two of milk to reach desired consistency.

*NOTE* An alternative to using Baker's cinnamon filling is to mix together a cup of brown sugar, a tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter.

*EDIT* Tonight is the Buckeyes football season opener and as of this edit they're ahead 21-7. Gavin got his first Buckeye jersey today and even though I'm sure he's sleeping through the game, he's dreaming in scarlet and gray.


Nanan said...

Those look particularily lovely! I sure as heck would not wake up early to make them for people either - thanks for figuring out the half-hour miracle!!!!! You are my hero!

Sherylyn said...

LOL! The irony...but thank you for the tip on making stuff rise faster, that's helpful, Ms. Rocket Scientist!

The Mom Chef said...

Oh my gosh. I wish I was closer. I'd take one for the team and let you give me one of the batches you had to make. Seriously, I'd make the sacrifice.

June (Jbug) said...

You can make these for me any old time at all Mags my friend. Great tip re the boiling water! Now imagine the leftovers (if any) made into overnight french toast with apples on top. FORGET THE CO-IRKERS! ha!

Wendy (SAD CO-IRKER) said...

I heard from a VERY reliable source that these Cinnamon Rolls are FAB-U-LOUS!!

As one of the 4 Co-Irker's I am very sad to say that I will not be at work in the morning to enjoy them or to see Gavin. I considered changing my vacation day. However, I am hopeful that there are other amazing treats in my future!! And Krishna is suppose to take LOTS of picutres of Gavin for me!! Hope you enjoy your grandma time with Gavin tomorrow and hope you Hubs is having a GREAT time at the game!!

Thanks for all the goodies you make for us, we are spoiled and we LOVE it!!! said...

Yummy!! These look great! Your pictures are beautiful! It's nice to see another "transplanted buckeye" in Indiana! :)

Mags said...

(((Wendy))) Hugs to you and we'll make sure that there are lots of pictures of the little big-head for you to see. AND... I'll make certain that I make cinnamon rolls again, especially since you heard from a "reliable" source that they're delicious....LOL

SweetsSuccessBaking said...

Arne't cinnamon rolls great. I wish I could taste yours today.

Moogie said...

LOL.... Mags, you're like a crazy evil scientist.

Jane said...

What?! Mags, you didn't want to get up at midnight to start making cinnamon rolls for those charming co-irkers of yours?? I can't imagine why not! Hah! ;) Really, those co-irkers are darn lucky to have someone like you around, who takes her cinnamon rolls on repeated test runs just to make sure they'll be perfect, fresh, and delicious the morning she brings them in. These look just wonderful, Mags. I just made my first cinnamon rolls recently, and I know what you mean about them being best about half an hour after you bake them. Yours are beautiful!

Julie said...

I haven't made cinnamon rolls in forever. probably because I eat too many. These look delicious! Gavin is cutie! Enjoy the family this weekend!

Sue said...

Sometimes it would help to be a chemist in baking, that's for sure:)

Looks like your dedication paid off in delicious fashion! :)

Little Gavin looks so cute! My sister's friend actually has a grandson named Buckeye?!?

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Debbie said...

Oh they look great. I keep saying I am going to make them but always back out because I am scared of yeast. I need to try them already. Such a an adorable baby too! So sweet!

stephchows said...

awwww so cute! the buns too! :) They look perfect and seriously smart move with the boiling water trick!! I think I would have made the hubs go in on time after all that effort though :)

Leslie said...

Those lucky co-irkers! I'm glad they enjoy your baked goodies. I frequently retard bread dough in the fridge overnight for just the reasons you gave. I agree with you, bread baked the day before isn't as good as bread that's warm from the oven.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Cute grand baby. I have cream cheese icing in the freezer and didn't even think about using it on cinnamon buns. What a great idea. These look so delicious.

Co Irker said...

Oh those heavenly sweet rolls. So soft and adorable and cute. I could almost eat them up. Err... sorry, guess we should talk about the cinnamon rolls and not the cutest little baby legs I have ever seen. Mags, the grand boy is truly a doll.

Anyway let's talk about the cinnamon rolls. Thankfully we waited until after his royal cuteness left to sample them. Because surely they would have played second fiddle to him and these rolls deserve their time in the spotlight.

The ratio of cinnamon to roll to frosting? Phenomenal. And we had one coirker say that they were as good as his mother's - high praise considering she cooked for a living for over 50 years. Me? I thought they were outstanding. And whatever is in that Baker's cinnamon filling is magic. All your practice paid off - these were truly perfection.

Thank you so much our candescent, cautelous chatelaine.


Shelby said...

I love how perfect your dough looks all rolled out! I'm envious. :)

Karen said...

When I want to help yeast dough rise, I turn my oven on to 350, let it heat for about 5 minutes, then turn it off. I think I like the idea of the boiling water!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Goodness you spoil and pamper your co-irkers. I would have been more than happy to take those "inferior" day-old ones off your hands! Kidding aside, these really do look wonderful, and the cream cheese topping is truly inspired. Yum!

Amanda said...

Waaahhhh I wanna be a co-irker!

eatfeats said...

Those look heavenly!

Also that picture is adorable. Babies and football--two of the greatest things on earth.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

You are brilliant... Love your cinnamon roll method. I might have to make some cinnamon rolls for breakfast this weekend now. :)

Megan said...

Doesn't it just figure, it's like Murphy's law. But it's a great idea about the hot water. Wish I had a roll this morning!