Figuring out the tastiest cinnamon roll recipe for my pastry-loving husband, the allergy-friendliest recipe for my kids, as well as the EASIEST recipe for this kitchen minimalist…has been a task over the years.
But I think we finally hit the sweet spot with our cinnamon roll pursuits. Literally AND figuratively.
At one point, I mastered bread machine cinnamon rolls. However, I was really motivated to start making better use of my beautiful, counter top 4.5 quart Kitchen Aid Mixer (affiliate).
I’m happy to report that making cinnamon rolls in my Kitchen Aid turns out magnificently and is pretty much as easy as making them in a bread machine. Below is the recipe we use and some tips to make the easiest and most delicious cinnamon rolls…approved by my husband and kids with glowing review. Hope you enjoy!
I also use my Kitchen Aid mixer to knead and make homemade crescent rolls.
KITCHEN AID CINNAMON ROLLS
Makes approximately 12 cinnamon rolls.
1 cup warm dairy-free milk
3 tablespoons oil
2 eggs or flax eggs
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons yeast
3 tablespoons melted dairy-free butter
1 cup brown sugar mixed with 1.5 tablespoon cinnamon
Mix ingredients together.
1.5 tablespoon dairy-free milk
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons dairy-free butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
Mixed ingredients in mixer.
Pull eggs from refrigerator and let them get to room temp. Or mix up your flax eggs with luke warm water. Not using cold ingredients keeps the yeast happy.
Heat your Kitchen Aid mixing bowl with hot water. This again keeps the yeast at ideal temperature.
For the dough, heat dairy-free milk to warm over the stove on medium heat or in the microwave. You don’t want it burning hot or it will kill the yeast. And you don’t want it too cool or it won’t activate the yeast. My general rule is to get the milk warm to the touch like ideal bathwater for a toddler or use a thermometer to get the milk between 110 and 115 degrees.
Add yeast to the warm milk, stir, and let sit for 5-10 minutes…until you see bubbles indicating it’s activated.
Add beaten eggs or flax egg mixture to the milk and yeast mixture.
Add oil to the wet ingredients (milk, egg, yeast).
In the Kitchen Aid mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: sugar, flour, and salt.
Attach dough hook onto your mixer, turn mixer onto setting 2, and slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients while mixing.
Once all the ingredients are mixed, keep dough hook mixing (kneading) slowly on setting 2 for 10 minutes. This is your “bread machine” activity happening here.
If the dough doesn’t start clinging to the hook, add a little more flour up to about 1/4 cup until it starts to cling to the hook.
After 10 minutes of kneading, the dough should be pliable and all clinging to the dough hook.
Pull the dough off the hook, keep it in the bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, cover with a dark towel, and set it in a warm place for an hour to raise.
Once raised to double the size, remove dough from the bowl with a spatula or wooden spoon and put dough onto a floured surface.
Roll the dough into a large rectangle. Spread the filling mixture onto the dough, covering the dough entirely.
Then roll up the rectangle into a long log. Roll as tightly as possible and seal all the seams on the two ends and long-wise by pinching the dough together with your fingers.
Carefully place the log onto a large cutting board.
Slice the log into 1 inch cinnamon rolls by sawing gently with a bread knife (affiliate). The bread knife is my secret weapon for cutting this dough beautifully. This will save you SO MUCH frustration. See the above video for a demonstration. Dental floss? No thanks.
Place rolls into two greased round cake pans or one 9×13 pan.
Cover rolls with plastic wrap and a towel and let them raise for another 30 minutes in a warm place.
Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned.
Dollop a spoonful of icing on each roll and then spread it as begins to warm.
You can also cover the unbaked rolls with plastic wrap, stick them in the refrigerator overnight, and bake/icing in the morning.
Original Post: 1-24-12