How you doin’? I learned over the last few days that one of my favorite donut shops (Stan’s Donuts in Westwood, California) closed forever after 55 years. The next best thing to a donut is a freshly baked cinnamon roll, so let’s roll up our sleeves and get baking!
I want to share with you one of our most prized recipes that have ever been developed in the Perspectives’ California Kitchen. Phil Kellogg was our director of R&D back in the 1990’s working with us on client projects. For fun, we also developed recipes inspired by our old family favorites. (Today he’s the owner of Daffy Farms (The Daffy Apple Company). There was Phil’s Mom’s Stollen, Aunt Esther’s Babka and Grandpa Max’s Peanut Brittle. It was at this time Phil and I created Ed & Phil’s Glazed Cinnamon Rolls.
Now, before we even get started let me improve your kitchen work habits by reminding you to read all instructions completely before beginning. Do not take short cuts—think quality! And make sure to measure all ingredients and have them at your side before mixing.
Prep time: 40 minutes
Proof time: 1 hour + 1 hour or overnight
Bake time: 30 to 35 minutes
Yield: 12 large cinnamon rolls
For the Cinnamon Roll Dough
1/4 cup warm water (no warmer than 110⁰F)
1 package active dry yeast (7 grams)
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4-pound unsalted butter, chilled (1 stick)
3 large egg yolks
1 cup whole milk
1/3 cup unsalted butter, chilled
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar
Butter (to grease the baking pans—2 cake rounds or 1 rectangle)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
For the Powdered Sugar Icing
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 to 4 tablespoons milk or half & half
To make the cinnamon rolls
To make the powder sugar icing
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