Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Saturday, January 2, 2010

I have been wanting to try to make homemade cinnamon rolls for about a year now. No joke. It's just that they require quite a bit of advanced preparation, so you have to plan ahead. Because of all that prep, they're also a bit time-consuming, so it's hard to muster up the motivation to make these. And then we're just not that all into breakfast in this house. While we love breakfast foods, most mornings we prefer simple cereal.

But as Christmas was approaching, I decided that I'd make cinnamon rolls--not once, but twice. Once on Christmas morning for our big breakfast with my family, and then again the day after that for a brunch at Michael's sister's house. I bought all the ingredients, read through the recipe to prepare myself, and then... well, it didn't work out. I didn't make them for Christmas morning, and I didn't make them for brunch the following day, either. There was just too much going on and not enough time to devote to these cinnamon rolls.

So when we had my sister-in-law (home on holiday break from college) come over to hang out with us and spend the night earlier this week, I knew that I just had to make cinnamon rolls for the three of us to enjoy in the morning.

I had never attempted homemade cinnamon rolls before, so this was all new to me. And I'm always worried about working with yeast, so this was kind of challenging! But it all worked out in the end. The cinnamon rolls? Absolutely amazing. The only thing left to figure out is when we'll have the opportunity to make these again!

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
(Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride, adapted from Food Network)

Yields 12 rolls

- 4 large egg yolks, room temp
- 1 large whole egg, room temp
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temp
- 20 oz all-purpose flour (approximately 4 cups), plus additional for dusting
- 1 pkg (2 1/4 tsp) instant dry yeast
- 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- Vegetable oil or cooking spray

- 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 1/4 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

2-3 tbsp. milk
1 cup powdered sugar

1. For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Add approximately 2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and salt; whisk until moistened and combined.

2. Remove the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook. Add all but 3/4 cup of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough, add more flour if necessary; the dough should feel soft and moist but not sticky. Knead on low speed 5 minutes more or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl.

3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand about 30 seconds. Lightly oil a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, lightly oil the top of the dough, cover and let double in volume, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

4. For the filling: Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.

5. To assemble: Butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle with the long side nearest you. Roll into an 18 by 12-inch rectangle.

6. Brush the dough with the 3/4-ounce of melted butter, leaving 1/2-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch border along the top edge; gently press the filling into the dough.

7. Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Firmly pinch the seam to seal and roll the cylinder seam side down. Very gently squeeze the cylinder to create even thickness.

8. Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinder into 1 1/2-inch rolls; yielding 12 rolls. Arrange rolls cut side down in the baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 16 hours.

9. Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy; approximately 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the shallow pan of water from the oven.

10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

11. When the oven is ready, place the rolls on the middle rack and bake until golden brown, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, approximately 25-30 minutes.

12. While the rolls are cooling slightly, make the icing by whisking the milk and powdered sugar until smooth. Spread over the rolls and serve immediately.


Erin O. January 2, 2010 at 5:40 PM  

YUM-can't wait to try these. As I'm a nurse and usually have a few days off, I can't wait to try them on a cold and dreary day-what a way to brighten it up!!!

Jen January 2, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

I love cinnamon rolls. The only one's I've ever made are the Alton Brown overnight cinnamon rolls. They were good, but not amazing, so I need to try at least one more recipe. Maybe this should be the one. They look great!

Heather January 2, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

LOL, Jen... these ARE Alton Brown's overnight cinnamon rolls! :) I thought they were pretty darn good!

Wishing on stars January 3, 2010 at 12:35 AM  

wow, I JUST looked at these on the food network website a few hours ago. I go on there all the time but finally signed up so I could save recipes. The first one I want to try is for cresent rolls. I saw the Overnight Cinnamon Rolls but thought that was just a little out of my league right now. So I'll try these cresent ones first. ALSO! Watched a re-run of Iron Chef and Flay made some peanut butter and pinot noir jelly french toast! I can't for the life of me find this exact recipe but I did find out how to make regular PB&J french toast, which will also be on my to-do list!

Dana January 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

I made homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning as well. I might make some more today.

Vanessa January 7, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

Yum yum yum! This blog is dangerous for me! Week 1 of WeightWatchers in advance of dress fittings next month... means that I can't try any of these out. Diets eh. SO overrated!

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