Yesterday, I told my daughter and son in law that I planned to bake today and asked them if there was something they preferred I bake. I thought they would ask for some kind of cookie or something because they always want cookies, but my son in law said, “breakfast bread.” He really didn’t know what kind of bread, just that he likes it when I make homemade bread and he wanted to eat it for breakfast. When he said that, though, my daughter and I both said at the same time, “Cinnamon rolls!” He is Korean and had never heard of cinnamon rolls, so asked, “What are cinnamon rolls?” My daughter explained to him that they are homemade bread with cinnamon in them. He thought it sounded good, and I thought making cinnamon rolls was a good idea, so I woke up this morning ready to make cinnamon rolls
I made the dough first. I began by putting two packages of yeast in a big mixing bowl. Next, I heated two cups (2225 grams) of water. The water needs to be heated to hot, but not boiling. I should be just barely hot enough that it feels hot, but doesn’t burn you when you put your finger in it. I put the water in the mixing bowl with the yeast and mixed it around with a wire whip until the yeast was dissolved.
Next, I added 2 tablespoons of cookie oil, then 3 eggs, and then 3/4 cup of sugar. I mixed it all with a wire whip.
After that, I slowly began adding 6 cups of flour. I added it a cup at a time mixing it thoroughly with the wire whip every time I put a cup of flour in. When I got three cups in, I had to take the wire whip out and begin mixing with a spoon. When I got to six cups, I could no longer mix it with a spoon, so I had to get rid of the spoon and begin kneading the dough. I kneaded it for a few minutes to make sure all the flour was worked in. It is hard to explain kneading, so I made a short video of my kneading the dough so you could understand better. Knead your dough longer than the video. Make sure that all the flour is thoroughly worked into the dough. It was hard filming with one hand and kneading with the other. Normally, my bowl wouldn’t have been slipping around like that, but one had was holding the camera.
Next, I got another mixing bowl. I rubbed cooking all over the inside with a paper towel. I put the dough in the bowl, and then I turned the dough over so it had oil on all sides.
I put the bowl with the dough in it in a warm place in the kitchen that wouldn’t be disturbed and put a clean dish towel over it. I left it for a couple of hours to let it grow until it was double in bulk.
After it grew enough, I fixed a place where I could roll the dough out, and then I covered the place with flour, then I gathered all the other things I would need. I began with some cooking butter. I put it in the microwave to become liquid. I also found brown sugar, cinnamon, and then I saw some walnuts. I remembered that my mother sometimes put nuts in her cinnamon rolls, but I never had. I decided to use nuts in mine too. I also got a spoon, something to roll the dough out with, and a knife.
I put the dough on the floured surface I had prepared. I used a glass, but if you have a rolling pin, use it. I used to have one, but it has come up missing. I rolled the dough out as big as I could get it on the surface I had made. I made sure I sprinkled a little flour on the top of the dough ahead of time and rubbed a floury hand on the outside of the glass I used to roll the dough out to make sure when I rolled the dough out, the glass didn’t stick to the dough.
When the dough was rolled out as big as I could get it, I poured the melted butter on the dough. I used the spoon to push it across the dough to completely cover the dough. Next, I sprinkled 3/4 cup of brown sugar over the dough, and then I sprinkled cinnamon randomly over the dough. After that, I used the small pieces of walnuts I had and sprinkled them over the dough too.
Next, I began rolling the dough. I rolled it into a complete long roll. It seemed to be a really fat roll. These are going to be big cinnamon rolls. Next, I used the knife, and I cut the roll in slices. The dough wanted to give way instead of cutting at times, but I kept working at it and reforming the roll trying not to flatten it out.
When I had the whole roll cut into slices, I took a pizza pan and rubbed it with cooking oil. Next, I placed the pieces of the roll in the pizza pan with a spiral side up.
After that, I left the dough to rise again. I covered it with the clean dish towel and waited about 2 hours until the rolls got big.
The rolls were already big, and they became huge! I turned the oven on to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and baked them for 10 minutes, then I turned the oven to 350 and baked them for another 25 minutes.
When I opened the oven to pull them out, some of the rolls had gotten so big that part of them had fallen off. I took that part out of the oven with a pair of tongues and put it on a plate. I pulled the rolls out. While they were still hot, I used butter and melted it all over the top of them.
When I tasted the pieces I put on the plate, they were so big I just had to go and actually eat one of the cinnamon rolls! Cookies are good. Muffins are good! However, the extra time and energy it took to make these cinnamon rolls made them very worth it! They are fantastic! I just kept thinking, “Wow!” I realize that most people put icing on the cinnamon rolls, but these rolls don’t need icing. They are fantastic without icing, and icing would just make them too sweet.