My son, Chad, and I had fun filming the process of making cinnamon rolls while he was home for Christmas, December 2010. He made me do voice overs (which wasn't easy) and narrate using the laptop computer mike.
It made me laugh when he sped up the footage of rolling out the dough. I hope you get the general idea of the process by watching this video. The rolls take almost 3 hours to complete from start to finish.
I had no idea how much time it takes to edit it down to a reasonable 10 minutes. We found errors that had to be edited out but there are still a couple we didn't catch. I don't wear rubber gloves to grease the pans, they are disposable latex gloves. The younger generation would probably know the brand KitchenAid better than Mixmaster. What I really meant was that you could make the dough in a big mixer with a dough hook rather than a bread machine.
KATHY'S CINNAMON ROLLS
(18 medium sized)
Allow 3 hours
Heat in microwave until warm . . . but NOT hot :
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup margarine or butter (1/2 cube)
Pour warm liquids into bread machine pan and then add:
3 3/4 cups bread flour (more later)
1 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 t. bread machine yeast
1 well beaten egg
Set bread machine to the dough cycle and start. After kneading for about 5 minutes, if the dough is too sticky to make a smooth ball, add a little more flour a small amount at a time.
When the machine stops kneading, transfer the dough to an oiled pan. Place the covered pan in a warm place (heating pad on low or in the cold oven with the light turned on) and allow dough to rise for about 45-50 minutes or until it doubles in size.
Punch the dough down and put it on a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle approximately 14” x 30”. Spread with 1 cube of softened butter. Sprinkle about 1 heaping cup of brown sugar over it and spread it out with your hands. Sprinkle as much cinnamon over it as you like. Nuts or raisons can be added at this time.
Begin on a long side (closest to you) and roll the dough up. Pinch it together to hold it and turn the seam side down. Cut the roll into thirds. Cut each piece into 6 equal sized slices (about 1 ½ inches thick). Transfer rolls to 3 round, greased pans. Lightly cover them and allow them to rise about 40 minutes. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 20-22 minutes or until they are light brown.
Allow the rolls to cool about 30 minutes and then drizzle with icing.
MAPLE COFFEE ICING
Melt 3 T. butter in the microwave
Heat 1/4 cup water and add heaping 1/4 t. instant coffee, stir it until dissolved
In a bowl mix until smooth:
melted butter, coffee-water, a few drops (less than 1/8 t.) imitation maple flavor and 3 cups of powdered sugar.
Add hot water to thin it or more powdered sugar to thicken it if needed.
To make larger cinnamon rolls, roll the dough into an 18” square and cut it into 12 rolls.