Soft Cinnamon Rolls with a Coffee Cream Cheese Glaze

IMG_5257IMG_5245I know what you’re thinking right now, because I’m thinking it too. I went way overboard with that glaze. Theres enough glaze there for three times the amount of Cinnamon Rolls I’ve baked.

I read on the internet somewhere that smothering your cinnamon buns in glorious glossy glaze while still hot from the oven, made them irresistibly moist as it settled into the cracks. I obviously took this literally and smothered until my heart was content. Trust me, I’m definitely content.

I have to admit though, that glaze really makes these rolls enticing. Just look at that shine! Its captivating buttery smell and glistening top lures you into the kitchen like a kid looking for the leftover cake batter spoon.

Sometimes when I bake something, I have no idea what its going to turn out like. Other times I know its going to be a disaster from the outset. And on the rare occasion everything goes so perfectly, I know whats going to emerge from my oven is going to be great. Just the smell of these as they were baking away in my kitchen made a smile play on my lips.

One thing that made these so perfect was that I made them solely for me. I didn’t spend days thinking of what I could bake for the blog to make it more diverse, interesting or unique. I had a craving for cinnamon buns and I made them. Just the way I like them. Just for me. Rustic, simple and humble. No fancy presentation, just the cinnamon bun. So ordinary but so charming too.IMG_5171IMG_5177IMG_5209IMG_5262IMG_5198IMG_5268

Ingredients – Makes approx. 10 Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • 90g – unsalted butter, melted
  • 200ml – whole milk
  • 450g – plain flour
  • 40g – caster sugar
  • 2 tsp. dried yeast
  • 2 good pinches of sea salt
  • 1 egg

Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • 50g – unsalted butter, melted
  • 50g caster sugar, roughly*
  • 8g ground cinnamon, roughly*

Coffee Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 250g – cream cheese
  • 50g – icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. very finely ground coffee

*this is a very rough guide. No need to actually weigh this out, just sprinkle them on.

Method

Cinnamon Roll Dough:

  • Begin by melting your butter in a small saucepan. Once melted, add in the cold milk off the heat. In a large mixing bowl, place the flour, sugar and salt. Mix well and then add the dried yeast. Mix again and make a well in the centre. Pour in the cooled butter/milk mixture and add in the egg. Mix well until a dough forms.
  • Tip your dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough should spring back when poked with your finger. Place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with cling film and place into a warm spot to prove for 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Butter your preferred baking dish ready for later.
  • Once proved, tip your dough out onto a lightly floured surface again. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle.
  • Take your melted butter for the filling and pour over the surface of your dough. Brush the butter evenly, using a pastry brush. Sprinkle over the caster sugar, followed by a good helping of cinnamon over the top of that.
  • Starting at one end, tightly roll up the dough into a long spiralled log. Using a serrated knife, cut the log into approx. 10 portions (can be more, can be less) and arrange in your baking dish leaving a cm between each bun.
  • Cover with cling film and leave to rise for an hour, or until doubled in size (I ended up leaving mine for about 2 hours as my house was very cold!)

To bake and Finish:

  • When your cinnamon rolls are nearly ready for their oven debut, pre-heat it to 170°C. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • While your buns are baking, you can prepare the glaze.
  • Whisk all the glaze ingredients together until smooth. Taste it and see if you’d like to add more coffee or sugar (I like to keep mine quite tangy.)
  • While the rolls are still warm from the oven, smother over the glaze so that it can settle into the cracks and moisten those babies!
  • Leave to cool and serve to your inevitably salivating friends and family.

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thegreedysprout

A plant and animal loving baker!

4 thoughts on “Soft Cinnamon Rolls with a Coffee Cream Cheese Glaze

  1. oh… my… god… YES YES YES!!!!! That icing!! Oh my god I could die happy swimming in that much icing!!

    Pouring homemade icing on homemade cinnamon rolls is why humans are even alive. It’s why we even evolved; just for this. Sweet baby jesus lord.

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