This is the post K. E. and J. have been looking forward to all week… Cinnamon Rolls.
If you follow the recipe your rolls will be fluffy with a light sweetness but you can adapt the recipe for super sticky sugary rolls too. I like to top them with butter frosting rather than the usual drizzled water based icing which means my kids and M. can have heaps of icing to increase the sweetness and I can have less and enjoy the lighter less extreme version!
Lightly spread butter in a large dish and sprinkle with flour, ensure all the inner surface is coated and then shake out any excess flour. Gather soft butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Mix 3 Tbs cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 tsp cloves.
Roll your dough on a floured surface in a rough rectangle till it is about 1/4 inch thick: It should measure about 2 foot by 1 foot . Spread the soft butter onto the surface of the dough ensuring you have a fairly good coating of butter to every edge. Sprinkle the surface with the spice mixture and about 3/4 cup sugar.
If you like your rolls super sticky and sweet double the sugar sprinkled over the top. If you are a fan of pumpkin pie try mixing a 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree with your sugar, spices and butter and spread that over your dough (my personal favorite).
Slice the dough into strips about 2 inches wide. I use a pizza slice which makes the process so easy and tidy.
Pumpkin Spice Rolls
Roll each strip into a tight spiral and settle them into your dish with about 1/2 an inch between each roll. Its okay to squeeze them a little closer or a little farther apart if you need to to fit them to your dish.
Set the rolls aside for 1/2 and hour to puff up and heat your oven to 350 F. Bake your rolls for about 30-35 minutes. Your rolls will take less time to cook if they are more widely spaced.
Top with your preferred icing. I mix about 3/8 cup of butter with a 1/4 cup of cream cheese, 1 Tbs milk and a dash of vanilla and enough icing sugar to create a thick creamy paste. If you over shoot with the icing sugar and it gets a little too thick add a tiny bit more milk.