I know that y’all have been waiting with baited breath for us to conduct the cinnamon roll experiment, and it has happened. We all now weigh 7.2 pounds heavier, but OH internets, it was worth it.
The results are in, they have been tabulated, counted, recounted, hanging chads and all. The consensus is…
They looked great, smelled great, and tasted like Bisquick cinnamon rolls, with super duper icing.
No one here was impressed with this recipe.
I am sad. Everything that I have tried of Ree’s has been good till now. I was hoping for some curl-your-toes cinnamon rolls, but these weren’t it. I think we will stick with the Williams-Sonoma recipe, and use Ree’s icing.
So, I challenge you to do your own experiment. Let me know which ones you like better.
Cinnamon Rolls from William-Sonoma
- 2 pkg. (5 tsp.) active dry yeast
- 1 c. milk, heated to 105-115º
- ½ c. sugar
- 3 eggs
- 5½ c. flour
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. ground mace
- grated zest of 1 orange
- ½ cup butter at room temperature
- 6 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ c. butter, melted
- 1 egg, beaten~~for egg glaze
In the bowl of your mixer, dissolve yeast in warm milk, and let stand till foamy, about 5 minutes or so. Add sugar, eggs, flour, salt, mace,~~since we aren’t to fancy schmancy here, and since mace is the outer covering to the nutmeg, we use freshly grated nutmeg~~ orange zest and butter. Attach your dough hook, and knead on low speed. Add more flour, if needed, for the dough to come away from the sides of the bowl. Knead about 5-7 minutes till dough is smooth and elastic.
Form the dough into a ball and put into a slightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise till doubled, about 1½-2 hours.
In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
Punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Cut it in half. Roll out half the dough into a rectangle. Brush the surface with ½ the melted butter and sprinkle with ½ the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Roll up. Cut the log into 8, 2″ slices. Place them cut side up, barely touching on a jelly roll pan lined with parchment.
Repeat this with other half. Cover and let rise till doubled. About 40 minutes or so. Brush with beaten egg.
Place in a 400º oven for 20-25 minutes.
Let rolls cool slightly~~unless you are us, and eat them immediately~~and ice with whatever icing you prefer. The boy likes to put some orange zest in the icing. We also really liked Ree’s idea of the coffee in the vanilla glaze. YUM!
Don’t forget to let me know which ones you like best. It truly doesn’t matter, what matters is that you get to eat cinnamon rolls, and gain 7.2 pounds like the rest of us.