When 23rd of September passes, we immediately feel the scent of cinnamon in the air. I use this spice only in the fall and winter, so it automatically awakens nostalgia and brings me a feeling of a warm and cozy home. This year, fall started colder than usual, and quickly showed us what will it bring in the coming months. Immediately I started pulling out warm blankets and packed my summer clothes. Also, kitchen started having a more warmer feeling to it. Scent of warm stews, pumpkins, roasted chestnuts and of course, cinnamon rolls. Because, does autumn even exist without cinnamon rolls?
Years ago, I posted a story on Instagram about my cinnamon rolls and shared the recipe for them. I think that now would the appropriate time for me to share that recipe here, too. Cinnamon is a spice that enriches winter meals and cakes and is ideal for colder weather. Not only does its scent reminds us of autumn and brings us in the right mood for it, it is also great for prevention of colds and flu. This spice has heating properties, so if you woken up to a cold morning and frost, I recommend to warm yourself up by preparing these cinnamon rolls. Along with preparation that will warm you up, the sweet smell of cinnamon will course through your home. And let’s not forget that your taste buds will be quite grateful as well.
So let’s start with the recipe
First of, we will knead the dough. In case that you want vegan cinnamon rolls, use oat milk instead of cow’s milk, and if you don’t have brown, you can use white sugar. In 70ml of warm milk, we will put 3 spoons of brown sugar and a cube of fresh yeast. In other, bigger bowl, we will put dry ingredients. 600 grams of smooth white flour, pinch of salt, half a teaspoon of cardamom and half a teaspoon of nutmeg. When the yeast rises, we will pour another 130ml of milk into that bowl, then we will mix the flour with liquid ingredients and make a smooth ball out of it. Leave the dough in a warm place to rise.
While the dough rises, we will prepare the filling. You’ll need 100g of brown sugar, 120g of butter or margarine, teaspoon of vanilla extract, one vanilla sugar and two tablespoons of cinnamon. It is best to use butter that has been out of the fridge for a while so you can easily mix the ingredients and turn them into a smooth filling.
When the dough is finished rising, roll it out in a square shape, put the filling on it evenly and roll it out. Slice the dough in slices with the thickness of approximately 2 fingers and put in a baking sheet. Let them rise for about 15min more. You can coat them with egg gloss, or if you’re a vegan, use oat milk, and you can additionaly decorate them with coarse sugar.
Bake them for 30min at 180°C, or until they become golden brown. You can eat them like that, or you can prepare a topping. For topping, you will need 5 spoons of milk and 150g of powdered sugar. Mix those two and put it on your baked cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!