Tuesday 20 September 2011

Cinnamon Rolls

These lovely  melt-in-the-mouth cinnamon rolls are perfect to make for a special occassion......

Ingredients :-
4 cups flour
3 tbps dry yeast/ 2 tbsp(20 gms)  fresh yeast
1/2 cup milk and water mix
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp yogurt
2 tbsp oil
1 egg
1/4 cup butter softened

1/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar 
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon.
1/2 cup butter - softened
1/2 cup raisins

Heat milk and water till just lukewarm.Add the yeast, salt and sugar. After 5-10 minutes the yeast should begin to get frothy and bubbly.
Add the yeast mixture to the flour with the rest of the ingredients and knead the dough well for 5 -10   minutes.Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl.

Cover the bowl, and allow the dough to rise, at room temperature, till it is nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 to 2 hours. 

Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.Roll the dough into a 14" x 16" rectangle.
For the filling, spread the softened butter over the surface of the dough.Mix the cinnamon and brown sugar and sprinkle generously leaving about 1 inch uncovered on the short side nearest you. Add a generous amount of raisins on top.

Starting with the short filling side nearest to you,roll the dough tightly into a log.
Using a serrated knife or a pastry cutter (even a pizza cutter works well) cut the dough into even sized rolls. Place them on a prepared pan.Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let them rise until they nearly double in size, about 45 minutes to an hour.

When the rolls have doubled in size, bake them in a preheated oven at 180 C for 20-25 minutes, or till golden brown.
Remove them from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.