There’s not a single day I’ve woken up and not wanted a cinnamon roll. Luckily, they're actually so easy to make. If you’re a little bit psychotic, like me, you can wake up wayyyy before everyone else, start the dough, go do a few things, come back to roll the dough, do another thing, bake the rolls while you drink coffee + then eat them with more coffee. All by 8a! You can also be more cool and do it all in advance, the day before, or at a normal hour with a breakfast cocktail.
1 TB yeast
1 cup warm milk (dairy or any)
¼ cup + 2 TB sugar
Whisk the ingredients together and let sit for about 10 minutes. This will let the yeast activate.
Add to the yeast mixture -
2 ½ cups flour
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup canola oil
Combine it until it forms a dough, then knead it, strongly, for 2-3 minutes, until it is a smooth ball.
Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise for 45-60 minutes. Basically until it doubles in size.
Flour a surface and roll the dough out into a large rectangle. Spread LOTS of butter all over the dough and sprinkles LOTS of cinnamon + sugar. Roll it up towards you into a log. I cut my log into 8 but you could go bigger or smaller, it will just impact the baking time.
Place your cut rolls on your lined baking tray. Cover again with the towel and let rise for 10-15 minutes. You can preheat your oven at this time, to 350.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the top is puffy and doesn’t sink (I also always check the center of at least one, because I HATE undercooked dough, and then I always eat that one that I’ve bothered).
Once they are baked, remove them from the oven and make your glaze. I like to make a coffee glaze: ¼ cup coffee and I add enough powdered sugar to form a glaze. You could do the same with milk or even juice!
Once the glaze is ready, top them with lots of it! - you can sprinkle more cinnamon and sugar or have them as they are. They are excellent and you will love them!
You can make the rolls a day ahead of time and just stop once you cut them, refrigerate them until you are ready to bake but make sure you let them come completely to room temp. They will only last a day or two in the fridge, unbaked.
You can also freeze your leftovers, they’re yummy warmed in the microwave or the oven. If you make extra then you get cinnamon rolls every day you want them!