I have been meaning to make cinnamon rolls from scratch for some time now and I finally got around to doing it. They may take ALL DAY LONG, and you may get a little dirty, but the outcome is SO worth it. Taking your first bite of that warm and gooey cinnamon roll that you just spent hours creating, is probably the best taste ever, no really. Give it a go yourself and see what I'm talking about!
For the dough:
- 3/4 cup (180ml) warm water
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup (60g) buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup (80g) canola or vegetable oil
- 4 1/2-5 cups (580-650g) all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (120g) butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups (280g) packed dark brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp cornflour (or cornstarch)
- 3 oz. (90g) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup (60g) butter, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tbsp golden syrup (or corn syrup)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 1/4 cups (160g) powdered sugar
Step 1: Make the dough. In a large bowl (or one of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, which I don't have), pour in water, yeast and 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. Stir and let it sit for 5 minutes. Once mixture looks bubbly and frothy, it is ready to be added with the other mixture.
Pour contents into the water and yeast mixture. Add remaining sugar and salt. Stir another 20 seconds.
Pour 2 cups of flour into your bowl and stir until incorporated. Sprinkle flour in by 1/4 cup increments until dough cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl. Dough should be sticky but not sticky enough to stick to your hands when touched.
Step 4: Make the filling. In a medium size bowl, stir brown sugar, cinnamon and cornflour together until combined. Set aside.
Step 5: When dough is ready, punch it down. Flour a large clean table or counter space liberally with flour. Lightly flour dough as well.
Step 9: Make the frosting. While the rolls are baking, whip cream cheese and butter together using a food processor (or by hand). Stir in vanilla, golden syrup and lemon juice. Scrape sides and mix again. Pour in powdered sugar and mix slowly until it starts to incorporate. Then mix on high for 5 minutes or until frosting starts to lighten in color.