Cinnamon Rolls
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Serves: 8 servings
  • DOUGH:
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 ¼ cups water at 80 degrees
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup water at 105 degrees
  • 1 heaping tablespoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1-1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  2. The night before you plan to bake the focaccia, make your “poolish.” In a very large mixing bowl, mix together the first 4 cups of flour, yeast and 2 ¼ cups of 80-degree water into a very goopy mixture called a poolish. Cover it with plastic wrap or a tea towel and set it aside at room temperature overnight.
  3. MAKING THE DOUGH: The following morning (12-14 hours later), check your poolish mixture. It should be very bubbly and have bubbles that come to the surface and pop every few seconds.
  4. Next, mix together the flour and salt. Measure out the 105-degree water. The temperature is very important! If your meat thermometer doesn’t read this, try using your household digital thermometer.
  5. Pour (most of) the water around the edge of the poolish to loosen the mixture from the side of the bowl. Add the flour and salt mixture and combine by hand until the mixture resembles dough, adding the remainder of the water or additional flour if necessary.
  6. Stretch the dough mixture once or twice, roll it under on itself so that it forms a nice smooth ball. Cover the mixture and leave it out at room temperature for 6-8 hours more. (If you do not plan to use it that evening, refrigerate the dough, covered, up to two weeks. Just be sure to allow it to reach room temperature before baking.)
  7. TO MAKE THE CINNAMON ROLLS, divide the dough into two parts. Roll out in oblong pieces approximately 8”x 14.” Spread about 2-3 T of softened butter on the dough. Then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll them up and cut into 1½ “ widths. Place them in a 9x13 inch baking sheet. Let rise overnight, or at least 2-3 hours in a warm place.
  8. Bake at 350 until lightly browned (about 30 minutes in my oven). Do not over bake.
  9. Drizzle with frosting before serving - Melt butter on medium heat in large saucepan, stir until it starts to bubble, then add water. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved and it begins to boil. Remove from heat, add vanilla and cool. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls. Serve and enjoy!
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