Cinnamon Rolls Recipe by Paula Deen

imgresIf you’re looking for a great breakfast or dessert here’s a great recipe for cinnamon rolls from Paula Deen on Food Network!

First you’ll need:

  • 1/4 ounce package of yeast
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of scalded milk
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of butter or shortening
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups of all-purpose flour

For the filling you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of melted butter, plus some more for the pan
  • 3/4 cup of sugar, plus some more for the pan
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of raisins, walnuts, or pecans (optional)

For the glaze you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 to 6 tablespoons of hot water

Directions:

First heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water  then set it aside.  In a large bowl mix the milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg.  Add 2 cups of flour and mix until it’s smooth.  Then add the yeast mixture.  Mix in the remaining flour until the dough is easy to handle.  Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes.  Place in a well-greased bowl, cover it and let it rise until it’s doubled in size, usually for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  When it has doubled in size punch down the dough.  Roll it out onto a floured surface into a 15 by 9 inch rectangle.  Spread the melted butter all over the dough.  Mix the sugar and cinnamon  and sprinkle them all over the buttered dough.  Then sprinkle with the walnuts, pecans, or raisins if you’d like.  Beginning at the 15-inch side, roll up the dough and pinch the edge together to seal.  Cut it into 12 to 15 slices.  Coat the bottom of the baking pan with butter and sprinkle it with sugar.  Place the cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let it rise until the dough is doubled for about 45 minutes.  Bake it for about 30 minutes or until it’s nicely browned.  Meanwhile, mix the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla.  Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches the desired consistency.  Then spread over slightly cooled rolls.  And last, enjoy!

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