Friday, January 28, 2011

Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls


* 7 1/2 cups all purpose flour
* 2/3 cup sugar
* 2 pkgs quick-rising yeast
* 2 tsp. salt
* 1 cup skim milk
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/2 stick butter, cut up
* 2 eggs, at room temperature
* Filling:
* Approximately 1/2 stick butter, melted
* 1 cup sugar mixed with 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
* Brown Sugar Icing:
* 1 cup powdered sugar
* 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
* 3 Tbsp. butter, melted
* 1/2 tsp. vanilla
* 4 or 5 tsp. skim milk


Reserve 1 cup of the flour. In a large bowl, mix remaining flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In microwave oven, heat milk, water and butter until mixture reaches 120 to 130 degrees; mix into dry ingredients. Stir in eggs and enough of the reserved flour to make a moderately soft dough. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, 5 to 10 minutes. Cover and let rest 15 minutes. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to form a 14x20 inch rectangle. For Filling, brush with approximately 1/2 stick melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Roll up from the long side. Moisten and pinch the seam closed, forming a tube. Using a sharp knife, cut into fifteen, 1 1/4" slices. Arrange on a greased cookie sheet with sides or a jelly roll pan, in five rows of three, placing cut sides of rolls up. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place about 60 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake at 375 degrees about 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. While still warm, spread with Brown Sugar Icing: Combine powdered sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla, and enough milk to make of spreading consistency.

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