Archive | May 2, 2012

Cinnamon rolls

Thanks to Seema for her post on Cinnamon rolls. We tried the rolls during Adi’s spring break and it was a big hit at home. Adi said “Yummm.. Its so good.. I wish I could eat 100 more of this”.  I, on the other side ate it for dinner, next day breakfast and ended up having a tummy ache 😀

We followed Seema’s recipe to the T and here is our lame attempt to capture the step by step procedure in pictures.

Ingredients (copied from Seema’s blog)

For the dough:

  • AP Flour / Maida – 3 1/4 cups
  • Rapid Rise Yeast – 3 tbsp
  • Butter – 4 tbsp (melted)
  • Sugar – 4 tbsp
  • Salt – 3/4 tsp
  • Milk – 1 1/4 cup (warm)

For the cinnamon layer:

  • Sugar – 6 tbsp  mixed with 1 tbsp ground cinnamon powder
  • Butter – 2 tbsp melted

For the glaze:

  • Powdered sugar – 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • Butter – 1 tsp at room temperature
  • Milk – 3-4 tbsp


In a bowl add milk, sugar, yeast and let it stand for 5 mins. Only after mixing the stuff we realized that there is no butter at home. We are clever no? So, we made a quick visit to the nearby store and rushed back in 10 mins to knead the dough.

Add melted butter, salt, all purpose flour into the bowl and make a soft dough. The dough should look like below.  Apply oil on top of the dough, cover it with wet cloth and keep it aside for 45 minutes.  Adi measured the dough to check if it doubles up 🙂 It did double up from 7cms to 15cms as per her findings.



the girl measuring


Knead the dough for few more minutes and roll it into a 10″x12″ rectangle with a rolling pin.

Apply the melted butter all over

Sprinkle the cinnamon powder+sugar mix (I mixed 1 spoon of cinnamon powder with 6 spoons of sugar)

Roll the dough into a log with cinnamon layer inside

Cut it into 1″ size pieces and place them flat in a greased baking pan.  Place them a little apart as the dough expands while baking.  Let it rest for another 45 minutes. By the time we reached this stage it was 5:30pm and the girl wanted to go to a carnival at a park near our home. So, we went off to the carnival, spent sometime around there and I returned in advance to finish off the rest of the procedure so that the girl and her dad can return to an cinnamon aroma filled home and gobble up the rolls without waiting.

We both went on the mini Himalaya ride in the carnival. We were laughing non stop from start to end of the ride for almost 5 minutes. It was so refreshing and good to go on a ride especially with your kid 🙂



The cut pieces looked like this when I came rushed back home after one hour

Now bake the rolls in a preheated oven (350F)  for 15-20 minues until they are golden brown. I over baked it for the fear of taking out an uncooked roll. This is quiet common with me. I would rather burn the stuff then letting it uncooked. Time to change.

Let the baked rolls cool down and prepare sugar glaze on the side.  Whisk together sugar, milk, butter and vanilla essence.

Now pour this glaze all over the rolls and serve them warm.

Adi helped me with every step from measuring the quantity of every ingredient to applying the butter to checking if I am following Seema’s recipe properly to finishing the rolls. She asked “why do you take so many pictures amma? Are you going to teach someone else about how to do it?”.  I am glad that she doesn’t know about this blog yet 🙂