As I shared on Instagram this Saturday, I spent a good part of Saturday morning baking a batch of cinnamon rolls for us to enjoy.
I rarely make cinnamon rolls, even though they are one of my most favorite things to eat. One of the reasons I don't make them often is because they are time consuming - but you know what they say, good things come to those who wait. And it was Saturday, after all. The other reason is that there's nothing worse than putting all the work in, and not getting the results you hoped for. On more than one occasion I've been disappointed with my results - too dry, not enough cinnamon flavor... But, I've also learned from each of those flops.
I found this recipe on Pinterest, originally from here. I was really pleased with the results. They were very much as described - soft and fluffy, and I will definitely be making them again!
Click the link above for the recipe. The recipe made one dozen nice sized cinnamon rolls that fit perfectly in this 12 x 13 dish. Here are a few notes I made that really made the difference for me:
*1 - Really do just add the 3 cups of flour, and then one tablespoon at a time. A perfectly smooth ball of dough isn't desirable - it should still be smooth, but sticking to the bottom of the bowl.
*2 - Don't rush the rise times. Let them get nice and fluffy.
*3 - The addition of a little cornstarch to the filling keeps it from all running out to the bottom of the pan.
*4 - Lots of cinnamon. If you're going to have a cinnamon roll, it better be chocked full of cinnamon flavor!
*5 - Start checking them at 20 minutes. Mine were done at 24 minutes, and were perfectly soft.
Give them a try this weekend! You won't be disappointed. Just don't expect them to last long.