by Teal Graham
Well it is nearing that time of the year when the air turns crisp and the leaves turn brown. It's a time that makes me think of fresh baked goods and family gatherings. A time for sharing and happy moments that are to be cherished. It is one of my favorite times of the year.When the weather has turned cold, I can't wait to get into the kitchen to bake up one of my family's all time favorites, cinnamon rolls.
I find cinnamon rolls to be the best treat anytime of the day; with their chewy, gooey,caramel and cinnamon center. They are great for breakfast or as a dessert. These little sweet breads are so good and buttery.They are extremely versatile because you can add whatever seasonal fruit to the center.
Most people think that cinnamon rolls are difficult to make but most of the ingredients can probably be found right within your own pantry. Here is an easy recipe that I hope your family will love and enjoy.
Homemade Maple Cinnamon Rolls
1 cup whole milk (warm)
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
½ melted unsalted butter
1 packages active dry yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Reserved)
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
½ cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped nuts and dried fruits (optional)
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons maple syrup
¼ cup milk
4 tablespoon butter
pinch of salt
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. While your yeast is activating in a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg.
Next add in 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Once your batter is smooth add in your yeast along with your remaining flour. You will need to mix the dough until it is easy to handle and then roll it out onto a floured surface for kneading. Knead dough for 5 to 10 minutes then place in well-greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise until doubled in size, for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Once doubled in size, punch down dough and roll out on a very lightly floured surface into a 9 x 13 rectangle. Spread butter all over dough leaving ¼ inch from the ends.
Next mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and sprinkle the mixture all over buttered dough.Lastly you can add your choice of nuts and fruit if desired by sprinkling them on generously and lightly pressing them into the dough.
Beginning at the longest side, roll up dough and then pinch the edges to seal it together. Now cut the roll into 12 to 15 slices and place them into a 9 x13 coated baking pan placing the slices close together in the pan. Allow them to rise until dough is doubled. This should take about 45 minutes. Then bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
While the rolls are baking, make the maple icing inside a large bowl by whisking together the powdered sugar, milk, butter, and salt. Next add in the maple syrup and whisk together until everything is smooth. The icing should be somewhat thick but still smooth.
Once your cinnamon rolls are done remove them from the oven and immediately drizzle icing over the top, the rolls will absorb some of the icing’s moisture and flavor making it the perfect treat at any time of the day. So start the holidays off with all the comforts of home this year and don't forget to share.