We love homemade cinnamon rolls. Unfortunately I don't have a whole lot of time to make them so I was hoping to find a solution to cut down on the overall time required to make them. Thanks to my pizza dough recipe I was able to cut that time from about 3 hours to around an hour and a half, not including the time it takes to bake them. And guess what? They are really, really good.
I tweaked my dough recipe a little by increasing the sugar to 3 Tbs. and adding 1 tsp. of cinnamon. After mixing the dough in my bread machine I let it rest 15 minutes. Meanwhile, I mixed 1/2 cup of sugar with 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg.
I rolled the dough out on a floured surface into a nice rectangle about 1/4" thick. After sprinkling the sugar mixture onto the dough I rolled it up and used a length of unflavored dental floss to cut the roll into 1 inch slices.
I arranged the slices into a buttered 9" X 13" oblong baking dish, covered it with a tea towel and set it in a warm draft free place for 45 minutes. Then I preheated the oven to 400° and baked the rolls for 30 minutes.
You can leave them plain or ice them with your favorite icing. We like ours iced.
I take 1/4 cup of Neufchatel cheese (or cream cheese) set out so it is room temperature and mix it with 2 cups of powdered sugar and 2 Tbs. milk. You can add more milk or sugar to get the thickness you like.
On Christmas I substituted eggnog for the milk and WOW! It was so good!
So there you go. Super easy and quite delicious.