We made cinnamon rolls this morning (I bet you did not see that coming). And now we are able to declare a winner. After having the cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven, Ryan was ready to declare a winner – Neelys win! Neelys win!!!
Here is the recipe . . . with a few (very few actually) tweaks (follow the link for the original recipe):
- 5 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 stick butter, melted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1-2 granny smith apples, diced
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Spray a large mixing bowl with nonstick spray.
- Dissolve yeast in water in a bowl of a standing mixer with dough hook. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- In a large measuring cup beat together eggs, sugar and salt.
- Whisk egg mixture into the bowl of yeast. Add 1 cup flour and mix until smooth. (At this point I was still using the whisk attachment on my stand mixer)
- Add melted butter and mix well.
- Add remaining 4 cups of flour in stages and mix until stiff dough is formed. (Switch to the dough hook after adding about 2-2 cups of flour).
- Add dough to greased bowl.
- Place bowl in a warm area with a towel on top. (I cheated by preheating the oven to 200 degrees, turning the oven off, and then letting the bowl sit in the warmed oven).
- Let rise until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch pan
- On a cutting board, sprinkle tablespoons flour.
- In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Punch down and roll out dough to approximately 12 by 15-inch rectangle.
- Spread with butter. Sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mixture and apple pieces.
- Roll dough into a large pin wheel cylinder and cut ends off the roll. Cut into 10-12 portions. Put in greased pan, pin wheel side down and let rise to double in size.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until browned evenly.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. —- I left this in only because that is what the recipe called for, but I find it completely unneessary – feel free to eat yours directly out of the oven like we did :)
As for toppings – top however you like or just eat. I like to mix a little powdered sugar, vanilla, and water together to create a glaze. Serve with bacon, because well, everything is even better with bacon.
And now, for your drooling pleasure . . .
Murphy also wanted you all to know that he is dressed and ready for the game:
However, because the game hasn’t started yet, he will stare out the window so that he can guard against a squirrel invasion.