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Old 17-09-2005, 01:47 AM
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"Alex Rast" wrote in message
at Wed, 14 Sep 2005 01:28:45 GMT in ,
(Dee Randall) wrote :

Here are a few pictures of cinnamon rolls

Speaking of recipes - does anyone have a recipe for cinnamon rolls that
turn out rather like PD_Cinnamon_roll_95_g_lyrical_2? That looks close to
the type of cinnamon roll *I'd* like to be able to make. It appears to be
one of the yeast-raised type, but all the recipes I've tried to date fall
into one of 2 categories, either the too-dry, not-very-yeasty, fluffy
"supermarket" cinnamon roll (usually looking a bit like ICR01A, perhaps
slightly flatter), or the absurdly sweet, greasy, heavy, WAAY-way
overloaded "Cinnabon"-style roll (usually looking a bit like roll.jpg). At
least from its appearance, the one I've singled out looks like it'd be

I'm looking for - a rather bready, moist roll with a slightly crisp crust,
pronounced but not aggressive cinnamon flavour, and most importantly, not
tooth-aching sweetness.

The sweetness and the intensity of the cinnamon are nearly entirely
attributable to the filling and topping. There is a limit to the amount of
sugar you can add to yeast dough before it fails to perform, so it is
unlikely that the dough is the sauce of too much sweetness unless your
threshold for sweetness is very low.

I use the recipe for sweet dough that is in the Kitchen Aid stand mixer
cookbook. I roll that out, slather it with butter, sprinkle with brown
sugar and then with cinnamon. I don't measure the ingredients for the
filling. You can control the texture of the crust by the length of baking,
the sweetness by moderating the sugar in the filling, the intensity of the
cinnamon by using it sparingly. I think much of the cloying sweetness of
the Cinnamon product is from the mountain of frosting they slather on it.
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
2 pkgs. yeast
1/3 cup of warm water ( 105-115F)
3 eggs
5/12 to 6 1/2 cups AP flour

Prepare dough as you would any other bread (I will list the instructions if
you want, but I assume that you know how to make yeasted dough) and let rise
until double.

Deflate dough, roll out into rectangle approx. 14 x 20. Spread or brush on
a thin coating of soft butter. Sprinkle with sugar or brown sugar and then
with cinnamon. Roll, starting at long end. Cut into slices approx. 1 - 1.25
inches thick. Place on parchment lined baking sheet. Let rise until nearly
double. Bake in preheated, 350F oven for 25-30 minutes. Let cool. Drizzle
with glaze or frost as desired.

I think this tends to fulfill your requirement of being yeasty, bread-like,
and moist. The sweetness and spiciness is up to you.