The fabulous dude and I celebrated Christmas together at our home today, before getting ready to leave for the holidays. We started the day off right by indulging in some ooey gooey homemade cinnamon buns, complete with cream cheese frosting. Both recipes are listed below
1 1/4 cups warm water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 tbsp sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp dry skim milk powder
2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
2-4 tablespoons butter
2-4 tablespoons brown Sugar
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped pecans, optional
1. Place ingredients into bread pan in the order listed. Select dough cycle. When cycle is complete, turn dough out into lightly floured surface. Knead gently and roll out to a 1/4 inch thickness.
2. Spread butter over entire surface.
3. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Top with nuts if desired.
4. Tightly roll dough lengthwise.
5. To avoid smooshing your cinnamon buns, use a piece of string to cut the roll into 12 pieces. It was hard to get a picture to show what I mean, since I need both hands to do the string cutting - hopefully these pictures will demonstrate the instructions okay. Place the string under the dough, cross the ends together and pull to detach the roll.
6. Place pieces all snug and cozy together in a deep dish buttered pie pan. If you want gooier buns, you can also sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon into the bottom of the pan.
Cover and let rise for 45-60 minutes (OR ... you can cover loosely and put them in the fridge over night and they will be ready for you bright and early in the morning - this is what I do.)
7. Bake at 375 for 15-25 minutes, until brown on the top. If they are browning up too much and yet not cooked through the center, you can loosely cover them with foil and continue cooking.
8. Slather with cream cheese frosting (recipe below) and enjoy!
Makes one dozen cinnamon buns.
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese
1/8 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1. Cream together cream cheese and butter until fluffy.
2. Add vanilla.
3. Gradually add powdered sugar until well combined and soft.
**You can definitely double, triple or quadruple this frosting recipe for cakes, cookies, or other yummy treats that would require more frosting. But this amount is MORE than adequate for one batch of cinnamon buns.
This recipe is being linked at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tasty Tuesday.