Thursday, May 14, 2009

Gary's Cinnamon Rolls

Gary S. submitted by Michael S.

Basic Sweet Dough Ingredients

6-7 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages active dry yeast
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup margarine or butter

Cinnamon Roll Filling Ingredients

1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Frosting Ingredients

1/2 bag powdered sugar
1/4 cup margarine or butter


In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour, the sugar, the salt, and the yeast. Blend well.
In a small saucepan heat the water, the milk, and the butter or margarine until very warm - about 120 degrees F.
Add the warm liquid to the flour mixture; blend slowly until moistened.
Beat this mixture about 3 minutes at medium speed.
By hand, stir in approximately 3 cups of the flour.
Dump mixture out on a floured surface for kneading.
Knead in an additional 1-2 cups of flour until dough consistency resembles elastic - about 8-10 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap or clean cloth towel.
Let dough rise in a warm place until about doubled in size - about 45 to 60 minutes.

While dough is rising:

Generously grease a large baking sheet and set aside for later.
Set out 1/2 cup of margarine or butter to soften.
Make filling by mixing 1/2 cup of sugar with 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and set aside for later.
Make frosting by combining 1/2 bag of powdered sugar with 1/4 cup margarine or butter, and enough milk to achieve desired consistency.

When dough has risen, punch down dough to release air bubbles.
On a floured surface roll out dough into a square shape approximately 20 inches by 20 inches.
Spread the 1/2 cup of softened margarine or butter on the dough.
Sprinkle the the sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly onto the dough.
Roll-up the dough in a jelly-roll style roll.
Slice 2 inch sections off the roll and place onto the greased baking sheet.
Loosely cover the rolls with plastic wrap or a clean cloth towel.
Let the rolls rise until about double in size - 35 to 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake rolls for 15 - 20 minutes, or until lightly golden on the tops.
Frost immediately.

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