Saturday, December 17, 2016

Pour Icing on my buns, please.

 Oh winter, how I love to love you, then hate you. Our relationship is like a polar vortex, or maybe I'm thinking a bit bipolar. Either way polar is involved in how I feel about you. I never used to like winter, but this year I do. I absolutely love it. We woke up to a fresh blanket of puffy, white snow. My heart was so happy that I wouldn't have to leave my house, or my pajamas today. There is something about a fresh layer of snow right before Christmas. It adds to the whole magic of the season.
  Along with this snow storm today came absolutely awful temperatures. I firmly believe that -4 degrees should be illegal. Holy mother of God it is freaking cold! This is the type of cold that makes you want to never leave your house, or your pajamas. So that is exactly what we are doing here in the Tater household. There are a few thing that go super well with becoming a sloth, and staying indoors all day. One of those thing are piping hot homemade cinnamon buns. Sure, Pilsbury is alright but there really is NOTHING like a homemade cinnamon roll. I'm happy to share my super easy, warm and gooey recipe with you all! Where ever you are this weekend, I hope you all stay warm and safe.

Raising Tater Cinnamon Rolls

What you need:

1 cup warm whole milk
1 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
3 Tablespoons soft butter
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon salt
3 Cups All purpose flour
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup melted UNSALTED butter
3 Tablespoons Cinnamon
-optional 2 Tablespoons Orange zest-
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons Milk or OJ
Splash of vanilla

How you do this:
In mixer bowl, add warm milk, sugar and yeast. Let settle for 5-10 minutes until foamy layer appears on top. Add softened butter, egg, and salt. whisk together. Attach bread hook to mixer and turn to a low speed. Slowly start adding flour in 1/2 cup increments. Increase speed once the dough is no longer sticking to the bread hook. You may need to add more/less flour. It all depends on feel. It should not be sticky. 

Once dough is at the right consistency, place dough ball into a greased bowl with a towel over it for one hour. I usually put mine in my oven. Do not turn the oven on. After one hour, roll out dough onto a greased 9"x13" cookie sheet. This allows the dough to be same size once cut. Melt1/2 cup of butter, and mix together cinnamon and brown sugar. I use light brown sugar. If you want to make orange cinnamon rolls, add 3 tablespoons of orange zest.  Brush the flattened dough generously with butter. Sprinkle over sugar mixture evenly. Do NOT just coat the middle. 
Once covered, use a pizza cutter to slice horizontal stripes of dough. I usually do 1/2 inch wide sections. Tightly roll each strip and place into a greased springform pan. Once the pan is full, let rise for 30 minutes. 
Pre heat oven to 325 degrees. Bake 14-22 minutes depending on thickness. 

Add Powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla into a bowl. Coat the hot cinnamon rolls! If you're making orange rolls use orange juice instead of milk.

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