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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Raisin Cinammon Rolls (never fail cinammon rolls)

If you are nervous to make cinnamon rolls and like every home cook you want this to be a hit in your family all you do is follow this recipe, I was in shock the first time I made it, they came out so wonderful and pretty looking .
I stared at them for a while and then I had to stop as my hubby came into the kitchen.
Making a recipe work makes me so happy and its like I got an award or something.
This is the second time I made these but I wanted a change so I added rum soaked raisins and orange zest, adding fresh zest makes a world of a difference.
Making dinner rolls / buns is a very simple thing to do, just make sure you always give it more time after the second rise so they get poufy and big. If the recipe says 1 hour I give it 2.
Some how this works every time for me. `
Here is what you need for never fail raisin cinnamon rolls.
1/2 cup water
 1 cup milk
1 egg
2 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 heaped tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 cups bread flour or pastry flour
1/4 cup rum soaked raisins
1/4 cup soft butter
For the filling
2 tsp soft butter
Mix together
1/3 up brown sugar
1/2 tbs cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp orange zest
Glaze - whisk together
 2 tbs cream cheese
2 tsp powdered sugar
1 or 2 tsp milk to make a runny glaze
 Use 2 baking trays -  1 for placing the rolls and one tray  to put the roll tray on, this helps in getting an even baking and prevents the bottoms getting burnt.
 Lets start !
# Add the water mixed with 1 tbs sugar in the microwave for 10 sec and put in the yeast, let it stand for 10 min, the mix will turn frothy, this is a sign the yeast is active.
# In another microwavable bowl add in the milk, half of the butter, salt and the other tbs of sugar, heat for few seconds only, mix in the yeast mixture with the milk mixture.
# Now take a large bowl, big bowls are always good for kneading if you using your hands.
# I used my mixer to make the dough. Add in the flour, baking soda and baking powder, give it a whisk. Add in the yeast and milk mixture a little at a time.
Once the mixture is almost coming together add in the raisins, add in the rest of the milk mixture and complete making the dough.It will be a little sticky, but that is ok.
# Use your hands if you are using a mixer and smooth it out, make a ball and coat with butter.
Add this dough ball to a greased bowl and allow to rest for 1 1/2 hr.
# After 1 1/2 hour the dough will double in size, this is a great sign.
# Take the dough and roll it into a log shape, then using a rolling pin spread it out into a rectangle.
Brush with soft butter and then spread the cinnamon ,orange zest and sugar mix evenly.

# Roll it like a jelly roll and then cut into 1 inch rounds.

# In the baking tray add a baking sheet and place them to rise again.

# Allow to rise for 2 hours again, I also tried making some with a jam filling.
As you can see the pic above the rolls are more than double.

Pre- heat the oven 20 min before baking at 175 c.
Bake at 175 c for 25 min. Drizzle with the cream cheese glaze while the rolls are still hot.
I was so excited that I ate one as soon as they came out.

That is it guys, get your cup of coffee and enjoy !

You can skip the raisins and make plain cinnamon rolls, this is a basic dough recipe and it always comes out perfect that's why I call them never fail cinnamon rolls.
Happy eating you all !!


  1. cinnamon rolls look so moist and perfectly made...icing on top makes it irresistible :-)


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