I was thinking that there's the possibility that I should make healthy substitutions (ie: whole grains for refined, ground turkey for beef, even more low fat versions of items, etc.). The thing is, I'm not sure how much it would last...especially the whole refined carbs thing. I LOVE white bread and pasta....
At any rate, here's a nice unhealthy recipe for you. In my defense, I actually made it in 2009 for Christmas Eve and am just now getting around to posting it due to festivities and going out of town. It made a lovely Christmas Eve dessert (still have a few of them frozen for next time!) and made the house smell heavenly. Not quite a Cinnabon (pretty sure they use even MORE butter and sugar than this recipe did!) but still darn good and I was excited to be putting my adopted bread maker (hand-me-down from the in-laws) to use!
If you don't want to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to prepare fresh cinnamon rolls, don't fret as reviews of this recipe say that you can prepare them in advance and just put them in the fridge (or freezer). Pop them into the oven in the morning and voila - heaven.
Here's a picture of them "naked"...
....and then below you'll see one "dressed" :)
Personal and Unrelated Sidenote: I realized that we drove through/visited 8 states (1/6 th of the Continental US! Ohio, W. Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Conneticut, and Massachussettes) within the last week on our adventures to NYC and Boston. Talk about a lot of road time...phew! No more cars or cold weather destinations for awhile, please!
Clone of a Cinnabon
Prep Time: 20 Min
Cook Time: 15 Min
Ready In: 3 Hrs
Yields: 12 Servings
For the rolls
- 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup margarine, melted
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
- After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover with a damp dish cloth and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll dough into a 16x21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.