Sunday, 28 May 2006

Weekend Baking Session # 14

One of the oldest spices known to mankind is cinnamon. It was the primary motive of world exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries. Cinnamon comes in two varieties namely Ceylon cinnamon and cassia. The cinnamon bark is peeled and rolled one in another into long, slender ‘quills’. These strips of rolled barks are called cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon also comes in powder form.

Cinnamon Stick and Cinnamon Powder

Cinnamon is strongly aromatic, sweet, pleasant, warm and woody. It is used as condiment and flavouring material. Cinnamon adds a lovely fragrance to savoury dishes. Its sweet-spicy flavour enhances the taste of vegetables and fruits. Cinnamon is the most important baking spice. It is used especially in apple pies to mellow the tartness. It is also infused in wine or punch to give a delightful aroma.

For this edition, Weekend Baking Session comes with one of the most popular baking that uses cinnamon.

Cinnamon Rolls

What do we need:

2 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup warm milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar (or more if desired)
1/4 cup raisins or nuts (if desired)
1 tbsp cinnamon powder

1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

How do we do it:

Dissolve yeast in the warm milk and let stand 5 minutes. Combine butter, egg, salt and the yeast mix. Add flour until dough is smooth and soft, but not sticky. Knead well. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Combine butter, brown sugar and cinnamon powder. Beat until smooth.

Roll dough out into a rectangle. Cover generously with the filling. Sprinkle the raisins or nuts if using any.

Starting from the long side, begin rolling the dough down to the bottom edge, swiss roll style. Cut the rolled dough into 1 inch slices and place on a lightly greased pan 1 inch apart in staggered rows. This is to ensure that the rolls cook evenly. Let the rolls rise again in a warm place until nearly double in size, approximately 30 minutes. Bake in a preheated oven at 200° C for 12-15 minutes.

While the rolls are baking, prepare the topping. Combine icing sugar, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Beat well until light and fluffy.

When the rolls are baked, remove from the oven. Drizzle the topping onto the rolls when they are still warm.

Serve the cinnamon rolls warm.


Anonymous said...

Can't believe those are home-made.Delicious!

Sandy said...

Lets make a pot tea and ENjoy.

Cest la Vie ! (that is life in French).

Will make with the 3 children on wed as a holiday event.

If we want a less sweet topping can we just brush with jam or butter ?

Thnaks a lOT for sharing. You are Great.

soleilina said...

oh wowwwwwwwwww!!!! YUMMY! *drools*

indosungod said...

Pushpa those are some yummy rolls!

shilpa said...

They look sooooo good. I will try them soon :).

Nabeela said...

yummmm...thank you, thank you for giving us another recipe to try out.

Menu Today said...

Hi Pushpa,
Wow!!! You have magic in your hands. Thanx for sharing.

Sarah said...

hey, your post reminded me of Adventist hospital Penang.. man they have the best cinnamona rolls in Malaysia!!! i want to go home!!!

rokh said...

puspha!!! your weekend bakings are killing me

Sumitha said...

Pushpa,you know I have no words for your baking sessions.............just Excellent!

Puspha said...

Anonymous~ Thanx. Wouldn't it b nice if u write name too?

Sandy~ Merci beaucuop. Yes, u can do however u want it. All depends to ur taste buds. Do let me know how u & ur children like it. Do u live in France?

Sol, Indosungod, Shilpa, Nabeela, Menu Today, Rachel & Sumi~ Thank u very very much.

Sarah chechi~ Izzit? I love the cinnamon pecan rolls sold at the twin towers. Damn good lah.
Anyway, when do u plan to go home?

Shankari said...

Awesome presentation and pictures

Sarah said...

Pushpa.. another 1000days more.. then change the kids passport to Canadian and go back la.. As for me.. I will always be a Malaysian.. too proud to give that up la..

ramya said...

You are so good in baking.Why don't you join Blogging event?.Nice recipe.

RP said...

We love cinnamon rolls, but have never made it at home. This looks like its worth a try. Your recipe sounds so good.
I just saw the ginger rice. Looks delicious.

Lera said...

Lovely Cinnamon rolls and picture!puspha, you seem to be a pro at baking yummy Goodies....which are irresistable :)

BDSN said...

wow ur cinammon rolls look incredible!!! the only place i have tasted these rolls is at cinnabon and i totally fell in love with it!!!i wud definitely love to try ur cinammon rolls sometimes..thanks for sharing the recipe...

BDSN said...

hey pushpa
Just a question..
is it ok to use either dark or light brown sugar with this recipe?

nick-carrotoil said...

This morning I just made cinnamon rolls. It was simply delicious.

flower said...

Might try this since I am in the mood for baking roti. Look delicious & yummy too. My son and my husband loves cinnamon rolls. My daughter, well she eats almost anything.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

They look very fine and neat!

Puspha said...

Shankari~ Thank u very much.

Sarah chechi~ 1000 days to go?? Tatz pretty long. Yeah, we don't realize our patriotism until we leave the Bolehland.

Ramya~ Thank u very much. Which baking events r u meaning?

rp~ Thanks a lot. Do give it a try & let me know the outcome.

Lera~ Thank u so much. Well, I'm still a novice. I bake goodies tat r my favs.

BDSN~ Many thanx. U can use any brown sugar. I used the light one. Please let me know how u like the rolls.

Nick~ Hello & welcome to the blog. Thank u very much for trying it out. I'm very pleased to know tat u liked it.

Flower~ Hey tell me how it turned out, ok? Do u bake all ur breads by urself?

Rosa~ Merci beaucoup.

fooDcrazEE said...

OMG......that is absolutely delish...

Kris said...

thanks ,Puspa ! am so gonna try this!
may i know the recipe yield how many rolls?

Vien said...

OMG! You'd just hit my vulnerable spot. I looove cinnamon rolls! *drooling*

Vineela said...

Hi Pushpa,
Nice rolls.
Iam going to try it .
Perfect shape and nic epictures.
Thanks for sharing.

Nabeela said...

I need your help again Pushpa!!!
I just made the orange cake..and I don't know what went wrong..the egg whites did not form into peaks...I kept beating it for 10 mins...still poor arms :(
The cake only rose 1/2" still tastes I'm trying to salvage it. I have two questions:
1. How do you store the the fridge? Or is outside ok?
2. What frosting do I use to cover up my mistake and are those canned oranges that you used on the cake? And how do I store a frosted cake...inside the fridge?
Please help I made this for guests and they'll be here within hours!!

flower said...

I bake the cinnamon rolls yesterday and it turned out ok. And today, I gave some to my son's teachers. They are my unofficial food tasters. I'm still learning to cook and bake, so most of the time I surf the net to find the things I like. I might try your potato bun. My son loves to eat potato bun and we used to buy it from Carrefour in Subang Jaya. So might try it tomorrow.

Inji Pennu said...


Aparna said...

Thats cool!!.. nice pictures.. especially.. one for the ginger rice..
Thanks for sharin..

Reshma said...

my hubby loves cinnamon rolls, and we always get ours from the store. not anymore:) Thanks a lot for sharing such a detailed recipe Pushpa. i'll let you know how it turned out:)

sailaja said...

Pushpa, I keep saying this in all my comments and I repeat..."you'd put a prof baker to shame"...
Awesome !!

Kris said...

me again..i've tried the recipe. The rolls didnt expand much :( probably due to my method of kneading..and the dough seems hard. how can i improve?

Nabeela said...

just wanted to let you know the orange cake tasted yummy even if it didn't was sooooo orange-y...thank you for the amazing recipe...we finished 2/3 of the cake...with just four of us eating it!!

Sarah said...

Pushpa: could you add a search this blog thingy in your blog.. i wanted to make cheese cake today and had to go through all the archives before i found it.. Meanwhile i had to hear a million" Where is the recipe, I want Cheese cake NOW, mama call pushpa aunty!!"

raksaksabiskut said...

oh pushpa! those look so sedapppppp!!!! :)

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