It has been a long long time since I have written a blog post, the last time was before Christmas and I am defiantly overdue on writing a new one. So your probably wondering why? or where have I been?. Well I haven’t literally gone anywhere per-say but I have been super busy with my last time in uni, it was my final year and I had to put all my concentration into that, but now that’s over (thank god!) I can concentrate on my blog, which I bet you all missed (wink, wink).
Anyway, between doing uni I have been baking that hasn’t stopped, you can see all the stuff I have been making on my Instagram @amybakes94 and if you would like me to write a blog about them just give me a message.
Now on to this blog, I’ve decided to bake something that I have longed to make, one of the things I have thought about making since the creation of the blog. CINNAMON ROLLS. The recipe I used was from one of my baking books, but there are tones of recipes out there to chose from but this one worked great for me. I have created a recipe card for you to use if you want down below but again use what ever recipe you want.
I’ve always wanted to make cinnamon rolls, they are one of my fave things and my families too. So I thought what better why to get over finishing uni than making some cinnamon rolls. For some reason I thought they were super hard to make but surprisingly they weren’t they just took a long time because of the proving you have to do.
The recipe is simple to do. You start with melting butter with some milk and water and once that’s done you then leave it to cool slightly and then and in the yeast and some sugar and leave for 10 mins, this helps activates the yeast. Then you place the dry ingredients into a bowl and create a well to pour in the liquids after the 10 mins and that is pretty much the dough mixture, short and simple the way I like it.
Now there are two ways you can bring the dough together, either by hand or with a stand mixer and because I have a stand mixer that I haven’t used with my dough hook before I had to use it. But, don’t worry if you haven’t got one you can simple do this by hand and it will have the same effect. The recipe I had does it by hand but I wanted to do it differently.
First you create a rough dough, which basically means mix the ingredients together to form a dough and then either start kneading for 10 mins on a floured surface or place into your stand mixer and allow that to knead the dough for you (honestly so much easier!)
Once kneaded, you then place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with cling film and place in a warm area to prove for 2 hours (seriously along time, but worth it!). I had trouble to start with as my flat was cold and then I found that my cupboard with my hot water boiler was quite wrong and placed it in there and my dough doubled in size in no time.
I was amazed with how big the dough had got, didn’t have a clue if it would work and I’m so glad it did. I then I had the part I wasn’t looking forward to was rolling the dough out.
Now your probably thinking ‘Amy, that’s the easy bit’, but I was worried I wouldn’t roll it out big enough but I estimated with a small ruler and it seemed to turn out alright.
Before I actually rolled out dough I decided to prepare everything, which meant make the filling, melt some butter and grease and line the tins. Then I rolled out the dough and brushed on the butter and spread on the cinnamon sugar. All was needed then was to roll it up and cut into 12 pieces. I found the cutting hard as you have to be careful not to distort the shape but I eventually done it to some extent.
Again with the original recipe I changed a few things. I didn’t have the same size tin they had so I decided to put the rolls into 2 20cm tins and it worked out perfect, but even if you don’t have that you can place them in any tin you think would work.
All was needed then was to prove the rolls for an hour and then bake, glaze and eat them. It goes quicker than it seems, so don’t worry you will be eating them in no time and it you might have trouble stopping.
Quick mention I didn’t put how to make the glaze as I do it by eye. All it is, is icing sugar and water and if you don’t make enough you can always make more and there is defiantly nothing wrong with more!
So that’s it guys! I hope you enjoyed this blog and you should defiantly have a go at making it if you have time and if you do I would love to know how it went and see your baking creations, you can message me on Instagram or Twitter at @amybakes94.