EASIEST homemade rolls/cinnamon rolls!

Hello my kitchen friends,

When I say this is a simple recipe I mean it! It is my mom’s recipe and I grew up making it. I use it for everything; loaves, pizza, rolls and cinnamon rolls.

Today I wanted to make rolls and cinnamon rolls for dinner. I realized I didnt have any white flour, after I activated the yeast of course, so I made it with whole wheat flour from trader joes. It turned out soooo good especially the cinnamon rolls.

SPECIAL NOTE: whole wheat rolls are not usually as light and fluffy as white. They are noticeably heavier, still good,  but my family is use to the difference.

Recipe for bread:

  • 2 cups warm water (put in large bowl)
  • 2 tablespoons of dry yeast (sprinkled on water)
  • 2 tablespoons of Sugar (sprinkled on yeast to activate.

*I usually leave or work on something else for 10-20min

When yeast is activated add the following & mix well:

  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  •  1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of salt.

Next add 6 to 7 cups of flour. Knead the flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Let rise more than double in size.

Cinnamon rolls

Roll the dough into a retangular shape about 1/4 to 3/8 thick. Melt 1/2 cup of butter and cover the dough. Sprinkle on about 1 1/2 cups of sugar followed by a generous amount of cinnamon. Roll the dough and cut into slices. Bake at 350 for 20 to 30minutes

Frosting

  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 teaspon of vanilla
  • Few cap fulls of milk (till desired consistency)

For pizza bake at 375 12-15min

For loaves bake at 350 30-40min (perfect for french toast the next day!)

Here’s some added tips and tricks from me with pictures.

When I mix in the flour I usually do about 5 to 6 cups when using white and about 4.5 cups when using whole wheat. I mix in the first 4 cups with a wooden spoon until the dough forms and then knead and add the rest of the flour. You dont want to over mix.

I then take my dough out of the bowl. Clean the bowl and put a couple tablespoons of regular or olive oil that I coat the bread with. I set my oven to the lowest setting (170 degrees) and once it reaches that temperature turn it off and place the bowl on the middle rack for 20-30min. Raises so much faster.

After it rises I divide the recipe into two so I can make both rolls and cinnamon rolls.  It makes about 8 rolls.

 

I roll the other half, and extra from the first, into a perfectly imperfect rectangle.  Making it pretty thin and than spreading everything on top.

Finally I roll it.  As you can see it’s pretty mishaped so i usually squeeze it in gently on the ends and even it out.

Lastly I cut them and place them sproadically in the pan and press them down gently.

I use the same preheat oven trick(170 turn off oven) to let them raise 20-30 min.  I baked both the rolls and cinnamon rolls for 20-25min, closer to 25 depending on your oven.

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There you have it though, simple and quick, fresh baked rolls and cinnamon rolls. As you can see my 3yr old was anxious to eat the rolls 😉 Be sure to let the cinnamom rolls cool before frosting.

Feel free to comment with any additional questions!

Happy baking!

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~Jess


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