I love cinnamon rolls! Just the thought of baking them gives me great joy. The smell of cinnamon on freshly baked bread does wonders for the senses. I made two batches over the weekend and gave some to my friend as a birthday present. Homemade cinnamon rolls fo perfectly with a hot cup of coffee! I served it for breakfast the next morning and my family loved it. It’s also perfect for dessert. I like it better warm so I reheat it in the microwave, with a mug of water to keep it moist.
Baking Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
I plan to bake cinnamon rolls on Christmas and give them away as gifts to my close friends and family. Nothing beats homemade baked goodies, especially homemade cinnamon rolls. For the icing, sometimes I mix it with milk sometimes with coffee, depending on who will eat it. Of course, for kids and those with health conditions, I skip the coffee. I like mine with milky icing because I drink it with coffee.
Cinnamon has its health benefits but consuming too much is also harmful to health. Cassia cinnamon, mostly found in store-bought cinnamon, contains coumarin. Consuming too much coumarin found in cinnamon may cause liver damage and cancer. Another variant, Ceylon cinnamon or “true cinnamon” is safer but more expensive.
On the other hand, here are some of the health benefits of cinnamon:
- Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde which is beneficial to health and metabolism.
- Contains a lot of antioxidants.
- Has anti-inflammatory properties.
- May lessen the risk of heart disease.
- Helps reduce insulin resistance.
- Helps lower blood sugar levels.
- Ongoing research shows improvement in animals with Alzeimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- May help protect against cancer.
- Has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
- Boosts immune system and helps fight HIV.
If you want to get the full benefits of cinnamon, it is better to use Ceylon cinnamon, which has lower coumarin content. It’s more expensive, but at least your health is not at risk.
Let’s Start Baking!
The smell of freshly baked cinnamon is now wafting through the kitchen and it smells so heavenly! I sit here with a cup of coffee in one hand, while waiting for the cinnamon to bake. The smell of cinnamon plus the taste of coffee is truly delicious! The boys waltzed into the kitchen and went “hmmmmm!” My youngest asked “how many minutes more?” They couldn’t wait for it to finish. Nothing beats freshly baked, warm, homemade cinnamon!
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
For the rolls
- 345 grams all-purpose flour about 2 3/4 cups
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 packet instant yeast about 2 1/4 teaspoons
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
For the filling
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter softened at room temperature
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar
For the icing
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp brewed coffee or milk
- To make the dough, whisk the dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Set aside.
- In a microwaveable bowl, combine milk, water, and butter. Microwave until the butter has melted and warm (about 110 degrees F). Pour into the dry ingredients.
- Add egg and mix until it forms a soft dough.
- On a flat surface, sprinkle flour and on your hands. Knead the dough for 3 minutes. In a bowl, spray with cooking spray and place the dough. Cover loosely with a plastic wrap and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- After that, roll out the dough into a rectangle, about 14 x 8 inches. Evenly spread the softened butter. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly on the dough.
- Roll the dough tightly. Cut into 12 even pieces.
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the cinnamon rolls, making sure to leave about an inch of space in between.
- Cover the rolls tightly with plastic wrap and let them rise for 60 to 90 minutes in a warm and draft-free environment.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. When the cinnamon rolls have doubled, bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until browned. If they are getting too toasted, lightly cover the rolls with aluminum foil and continue baking.
- Make the icing by combining all ingredients: confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, and milk/ coffee. Drizzle on the warm cinnamon rolls.