Mother’s Day Brunch: Cinnamon Rolls
Mother’s Day is heading our way and it’s time to start planning how to honor our mothers for the day. Brunch is an American tradition for the holiday, but this year, instead of making reservations for crowded breakfast restaurants, we’re thinking about making our best brunch at home. A brunch favorite for LTD is the cinnamon roll and we have a great recipe to share with you.
This is a fairly standard recipe for cinnamon rolls, but it will make your Mother’s Day spectacular. It might seem difficult because it involves yeast, but it’s worth the effort you put into it and once you try the finished product you will be pleased with yourself that you did it — and so will your mom!
For the Rolls:
- 1/2 cup whole milk (warmed — about 20 seconds in the microwave is good)
- 2 TB granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 2 TB unsalted butter, melted, plus ½ TB to coat the dough as it rises
- 1 large egg yolk
- 3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the cinnamon spread:
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
For the Icing:
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 3 TB milk
- 1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
In a bowl fitted to a stand mixer, add the granulated sugar and milk. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the milk and let it stand for five minutes. Add the flour, salt and cardamom and mix on medium-low speed using the hook attachment for five minutes. Whisk together the vanilla, egg yolk and 2 TB melted butter (it shouldn’t be hot — you don’t want to scramble the yolk). Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and continued mixing until everything is well-combined.
The dough should be sticky. Remove the dough from the bowl to gently work it on a lightly floured surface to make a ball. Place the remaining melted butter in a medium bowl. Add the dough and roll it in the butter to coat it. Cover the bowl in plastic and let it rise for one hour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a rectangle. Brush the 3 TB of melted butter over the entire rectangle. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the butter. Roll the dough up so you have a long cylinder.
Slice off pieces (the rolls) about one inch thick. You should get about 12. Brush a 9” cake pan with butter and place the pieces of dough in the pan. There will be space between each of the rolls. Let the rolls rise for another 30 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 325℉.
Bake the rolls for about 25 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are a golden brown. Whisk together the confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, milk and butter to make the icing.
Pour the icing over the rolls while they’re still warm. Serve and enjoy.
This recipe can be prepared ahead of time and then baked when you’re ready. When the dough is sliced and placed in the pan, cover it and refrigerate it overnight. Remove the pan from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking to bring it up to room temperature.
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