This is my favorite recipe for yeast bread products - I like to make a double batch so I can use half for rolls/bread and half for cinnamon rolls. It's one I have found line and is *this* close to the recipe we used to use when I was part of a group that made/sold 100+ dozen cinnamon rolls each Friday to sell for our fund raiser in school....
This dough can also be taken cut/fried to make doughnuts/maple bars (I use the sweeter version of the dough) or you can *stretch* it out and fry it to be a fried scone (very different than the English scones, lol) - which are super yummy with apple butter or cinnamon butter.
6 cups bread flour
2 envelopes yeast, or 5 teaspoons bulk yeast
2 tsp. salt
2 cups warm water, test on wrist like formula for a baby (110-115 degrees for the obsessive people)
5 tbsp. sugar ( 1/2 cup for cinnamon rolls)
1/2 cup melted butter, stick margarine, or oil (obviously, the butter gives the best flavor, or use 1/4 cup each butter and oil)
In a LARGE bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water. Add the sugar, salt and butter or oil; mix till sugar is dissolved. Add 3 cups of the flour; mix well. Stir in 2 more cups of the flour, reserving the last cup of flour for kneading. Mix well, and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, adding flour as needed. According to the weather, it may take a little more or less flour for kneading. After kneading, place in an oiled bowl big enough to contain the dough after it doubles in size, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. (I usually put mine on the top rack of my oven and put a pan of warm water on the bottom rack. This really speeds up the rising process.) Punch down and form into rolls, loaves or cinnamon rolls, (directions follow.) Place into greased pans (2 loaf pans or a 9x13 pan for rolls), and let rise again covered loosely with plastic wrap until doubled in size. Remove plastic wrap and preheat oven to 350-375 degrees. Bake loaves for 30-35 minutes or until brown and done. Bake rolls at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, checking after 20 minutes. According to the size of the rolls and loaves and differing ovens, the baking time and temperature may vary quite a bit and have to be adjusted for those variables. If the loaves or rolls start to get too brown before they are done in the center, you may have to cover loosely with foil. Cool rolls and loaves on wire racks for 10 minutes or so, then carefully turn out onto racks to finish cooling. Run a knife around the sides to loosen if necessary.
1/2 cup softened real butter or stick margarine, more or less, to your taste
1/2 cup sugar, more or less, to your taste
2-3 tablespoons cinnamon, more or less to your taste
Prepare the dough recipe above to the point of making into rolls, loaves or cinnamon rolls. Halve the dough. Set one half aside. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough in a rectangle to 1/2 inch thickness. Spread half the butter over the dough, to 1 inch of the long sides. Sprinkle with half the sugar and half the cinnamon. Carefully roll up, starting with the long side. Pinch the dough closed, making a seam. Seam side down, cut with a sharp knife into 1 inch thick pinwheels. Place in one or two greased 9x13 pans, 1 inch apart. Repeat with second half of dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and remove wrap. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown and done. Don't let them get too brown, cover loosely with foil if necessary. Cool on wire racks.
1 tsp. good vanilla
1/2 tsp. butter flavoring
2 tbsp. butter, softened
small pinch salt, just a few grains
about 4 cups powdered sugar
whipping cream or canned milk to obtain consistency desired for glaze--about 3-4 tbsp. maybe
In a medium bowl, place butter and 1 cup powdered sugar. With the back of a spoon, press the sugar into the butter, mixing well. Add the salt, flavorings and the rest of the sugar. Mix well, then begin adding whipping cream or milk till desired consistency is reached. Use a wire whisk if necessary to beat out lumps. Drizzle or pour over cinnamon rolls. Serve hot if at all possible