Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dinner Rolls & Cinnamon Rolls in the Bread Maker (Freezable!) and Cinnabon Cream Cheese Frosting

I first made these bad boys for Thanksgiving this year. For the first time in my life, Thanksgiving wouldn't be at my parent's house. They moved to Spokane last Summer, and going over the mountain passes at that time of year can be tricky. So, for my husband, my daughter and I, it was Thanksgiving on our own. Because I am who I am, I wanted to make everything from scratch, even the little things like dinner rolls. As usual, I went off to Pinterest for inspiration and found the perfect recipe! Perfect? Yes, perfect and I'll tell you why... This recipe will not only make delicious dinner rolls, but it also makes cinnamon rolls!!!!!! That's right, cinnamon rolls. I love cinnamon rolls, but I'd never made them from scratch before. So like I said, perfect recipe because it will make awesome rolls for dinner, but it will also take care of breakfast! And if you've ever had to make Thanksgiving dinner, you know that you don't want to spend time making breakfast morning of.

This recipe really is easy too. The bread machine does all of the work for you in terms of rising and kneading. All you have to do is shape your rolls. Oh, I forgot to mention... This recipe is freezable! Yes, that's right, you follow the recipe all the way to shaping your rolls, then you freeze! How cool is it to have homemade cinnamon rolls hiding in the freezer? You leave them out on the counter overnight, then bake in the morning!!!!!! That just makes me really happy. There's also a recipe for making orange rolls, which my husband loves. 

So, were the cinnamon rolls and the dinner rolls good, you ask? Heck yes they were! The cinnamon rolls were some of the best I've ever had, and the frosting was perfect! Sorry, I don't like glazed cinnamon rolls. And if you're going to take the time to frost them, I think it should be with a cream cheese frosting. Just a personal preference! The dinner rolls were fluffy, buttery and perfect. I love this recipe, and love that it does double duty!

If you haven't tackled homemade dinner rolls or cinnamon rolls, this is a perfect way to start. And since this makes a ton of rolls, you can have some stashed in your freezer for a rainy day!


Cinnabon Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
1 c. of butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 c. of confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. whole milk
1/4 tsp. salt

Remove cream cheese from package and place in a bowl. Allow cream cheese to soften for about 15 minutes outside the refrigerator.

Measure out butter into a measuring cup and allow to soften for 5 minutes.

Combine cream cheese and butter in a large bowl with a mixer until the ingredients combine and start to cream.

Slowly add in the confectioner's sugar and beat until smooth and frosty.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon of whole milk into the mixing bowl.

Mix in the remaining ingredients until all ingredients are fully incorporated.



Shannon’s Best Ever Rolls and Cinnamon Rolls, from Lucy Jane's Best

Basic Roll Recipe

1 2/3 cups Water
2 Tablespoons Butter
4 2/3 cups Flour
2/3 cup Sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 rounded Tablespoon yeast
In the chamber of a bread maker add all ingredients except the yeast.  Stir around to blend sugar into mixture.  Add yeast.

Set bread maker to “dough” setting… wait for cycle to finish (should take about an hour and a half)

When cycle is complete, turn out dough onto a board sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and shape to desired type of roll.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon mixture:

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1T cinnamon
2T flour
Mix the above ingredients in a bowl

In a separate bowl melt 6 Tablespoons of butter

Divide dough into 2 even sections.  Roll out one section(using Pam) into a rectangle.  Brush with butter.  Sprinkle with ¼ cup cinnamon mixture.  Roll up and cut into rolls.  (Should make about 9 pieces)  Repeat with second section of dough (So entire batch makes 18 rolls)
*At this point dough can be frozen or baked.  See baking instructions.

Dinner Rolls

Divide dough into 3 equals parts.  Roll into circles and cut into 8 crescent shaped pieces.  Roll into crescents.  *At this point dough can be frozen or baked.  See baking instructions.

Orange rolls

Follow basic roll recipe, except add the zest of one orange to the dough ingredients.

Then divide dough into 2 equal parts.  Roll into rectangles, and cut into 12 strips, vertically. Tie strips into knots, tucking ends under to form rosettes.  *At this point dough can be frozen or baked.  See baking instructions.

Glaze for Orange Rolls

1 stick butter, melted

8 cups powdered sugar

orange juice to desired consistency

* These glazes can be poured into plastic bags (in 1 cup portions)and frozen with the rolls, then left on the counter to defrost while the rolls are baking.  Then just snip a corner off the plastic bag and pipe onto rolls.

Baking Instructions for Rolls:

Place rolls onto a jelly roll pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Allow rolls to rise for a couple of hours or longer, covered by a dish towel until the desired volume is achieved.

Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned.

If you have chosen to premake the rolls and freeze them, there are 2 baking methods:

Quick Method

Remove rolls from freezer & place in a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray (Pam.)
Leave on counter to rise for 1 hour.
Leave bag of glaze on the counter to thaw.
After an hour, place the rolls in a 200 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Remove rolls from oven and reset temperature to 375 degrees.
When oven reaches 375, put rolls back in and bake for
12 minutes for dinner rolls or orange rolls
15-18 minutes for cinnamon rolls until tops are golden brown.

For rolls with glaze (orange) snip the bottom corner off the glaze bag, and pipe glaze onto warm rolls

Overnight Method (this is what I prefer):

Remove rolls from freezer & place in a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray (Pam.)
Leave on counter to rise overnight.
Leave bag of glaze on the counter to thaw.
Bake rolls at  375 degrees for
12 minutes for dinner rolls or orange rolls
15-18 minutes for cinnamon rolls until tops are golden brown. When they're mostly cooled down, top with cream cheese frosting.



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