The Great Cinnamon Roll Quest: Part II of III

After the disaster with altering Alton Brown’s Overnight Cinnamon Rolls recipe, I decided to tackle another recipe. I am now officially obsessed with getting “it,” the cinnamon roll, RIGHT! Though I was tempted to replace all the “bad” ingredients with healthier ones, I refrained with much success; I simply improvised with what I had. The end results were fluffy, light, and delicious cinnamon rolls with a tasty cream cheese frosting! Although…I have issues with the package of instant vanilla pudding mix. Is this really necessary?? I will find out next time…

Using the Cinnamon Rolls III recipe I found on allrecipes.com…

INGREDIENTS:
Dough:

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups bread flour (I  used King Arthur 100% organic unbleached/unbromated bread flour)
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

Filling: 

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (I did not have handy)

Frosting: 

  • 1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons milk (I used buttermilk)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In the pan of your bread machine, combine water, melted butter, vanilla pudding, warm milk, egg, 1 tablespoon sugar, salt, bread flour and yeast. Set machine to Dough cycle; press Start.
  2. When Dough cycle has finished, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a 17″ x 10″ rectangle. Spread with softened butter. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over dough.
  3. Roll up dough, beginning with long side. Slice into 16 one inch slices and place in 9″ x 13″ buttered pan. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. While rolls bake, stir together cream cheese, softened butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and milk. Remove rolls from oven and top with frosting.

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