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Cinnamon Raisin Rolls

February 2006
Cinnamon Raisin Rolls

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Ready when you are: You can make these rolls the day before. Just cover the uncooked rolls in the pan, let them rise in the refrigerator and bake the next day.

Makes: 11 servings

Prep: 45 mins

Cook: 25 mins

Ingredients
  • 1/2 ounce dried yeast (2 envelopes)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons milk
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Combine the yeast and warm water and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Warm 3/4 cup of the milk in the microwave. In a large bowl, combine 4 tablespoons of the melted butter and the warm milk. Using an electric mixer with a dough hook at low speed, or a wooden spoon, slowly stir the dissolved yeast into the butter and milk. Add 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar, the egg and the salt, and mix until combined. Add 4 cups of the flour, 1/2 cup at a time; mix until smooth. If the dough is sticky, add up to 1/2 cup of flour.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes, place in a medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Stir together the brown sugar, the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and the cinnamon. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to form a 12-by-24-inch rectangle. Brush the remaining 3 tablespoons of melted butter over the dough, and sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on top. Scatter the raisins over the dough.
  5. Starting with a long side, roll the dough up into a log, jelly-roll style, then cut with dental floss or a sharp knife into generous 1-inch slices. Place in 3 greased 9-inch round cake pans (about 7 rolls per pan). Let the rolls rise for 45 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . Bake the rolls, uncovered, until crusty and golden on top, about 25 minutes.
  7. Stir together the confectioners sugar, vanilla and the remaining 3 tablespoons of milk until smooth. Drizzle over the rolls and serve.
Tip Ready when you are:
  • You can make these rolls the day before. Just cover the uncooked rolls in the pan, let them rise in the refrigerator and bake the next day.