There is something about country living that calls for rich nourishing and comforting food. Maybe it’s the expansive views, the serenity of no traffic, or maybe it’s the fresh air that makes you let your hair down and relax. Out here we don’t count calories. We just savor every bite and praise Jesus for it. Cinnamon rolls are good for brunch or after dinner dessert. If you want the best cinnamon roll experience, eat it fresh and hot out of the oven. There’s just nothing like it.
2 heaping tblspn granulated sugar
1 cup warm milk
1 packet active dry yeast
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3 tblspn butter
3/4 cup melted butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tblspn cinnamon
1/4 cup (4 oz) cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tblspn milk
Dough: mix 2 tblspn sugar in 1 cup warm milk then add 1 packet active dry yeast & stir it in. Let sit for 10 minutes until foamy.
While it sits mix: 3 cups all purpose flour + 1 tsp salt + 1 egg + 3 tblspn softened butter in a large bowl. Now add in foamy yeast/sugar/milk to ingredients in large bowl and mix it all together about 5 minutes on low speed.
Lightly coat inside of a bowl with olive oil & place dough in it (it will be a sticky dough don’t add more flour) and cover with a towel. Set aside to rise until double in size or about 2 hours.
Filling: mix 3/4 cup melted butter + 1 cup brown sugar + 2 tblspn cinnamon
Frosting: mix 4 oz cream cheese + 1/4 cup butter + 1 cup powdered sugar + 1 tsp vanilla extract + 2 tblspn milk
Once dough has risen, lightly coat hands, counter & rolling pin in flour and punch it down and roll out a rectangle about 1/2” thick. Spread filling thickly but evenly all over dough. Roll up into log and slice 2” pieces from log with sharp serrated knife.
Place each roll into 9×13 oiled pan about 1/2” apart. Let rise for another 30 minutes.
Bake 325 for 14 minutes or until barely a kiss of golden on top. The key is to not over bake to have doughy soft rolls. While still hot from oven spread frosting over top evenly. Let cool at least 5 minutes before eating.
Nothing says country living like fresh homemade food. No preservatives or additives just good old fashioned staple ingredients. I don’t need stores nearby because I can cook and bake anything without running out to buy it.