Ria's Collection: CINNAMON ROLLS...tops my current fave list!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

CINNAMON ROLLS...tops my current fave list!


I've always complained about American goodies having a lot of Cinnamon sprinkled on them. Whatever I pick to eat, it has cinnamon. Whatever I order to drink, they sprinkle cinnamon over it. I used to tell Jobin it was one of the most misused spice here and there was a phase that I just couldn't bear it anymore.I used to frown at anything with Cinnamon in it, except for when it is used in Indian cooking,which is subtle.

2 weeks ago, we had gone to a lovely cold place called Duluth and on the way we stopped by Tobies ,a restaurant cum bakery in Hinckley,MN. We were told by a person in church that they are the best place to stop for brekky and that they also sell Cinnamon Rolls and Caramel Rolls if we needed a quick grab. I frowned again. Too much Cinnamon, I say! Anyhow, we reached there and I was bowled over by their food! It was so old-fashioned.The waitresses were all 80+ and they were so kind and the entire restaurant was filled with the aroma of freshly baked breads, rolls, cookies, cakes and deep fried doughnuts! I was immediately transported to the Enid Blyton's Famous Five Era...all those homemade stuff she mentioned in her books had me drooling all these years, even today!
Sin-a-mon rolls
On the way back, we stopped at Tobies once again for a late lunch. I couldn't hold on to it anymore, I had to taste some of their baked stuff.When I went to the counter, I could see a long line of waiting customers who came to buy their Cinnamom Rolls and I thought,' Now what's with this Cinnamon Rolls everywhere?Maybe these people like the strong Cinnamon flavour because they must have grown with it!'.
Anyhow, the foodie in me persuaded me to go join that line to buy their famous Cinnamon Rolls. I was so hesitant to take a bite thinking I might end up having a headache...but boy! I was proved SO wrong! They were so so good that me and Jobin were literally fighting over that one roll. It got over even before we got onto the highway!
From that day on, it haunted me...Cinnamon was sprinkled over my dreams too! I had to make it somehow and the other day, I finally did.I'm so glad that  I have a recipe now to look upto when I crave for these yummy rolls.
Recipe source: All Recipes

1/2 c milk
1/2 c water
2 tbsp butter
3/4 tsp salt
3 c all purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 c sugar
1 egg

3 tbsp butter, melted
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 c sugar 

  • For the frosting:
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tbsp milk

In a saucepan , heat milk,water and butter till very warm.
Mix together the dry ingredients and break the egg into it. Pour the milk mixture and stir to form a sticky dough. You can just break up the egg while you mix everything together. Let it rest till the dough doubles in bulk (about an hour or so).
Punch down the dough and roll it out into a rectangle (keeping it parallel to the counter edge) on a floured surface. It will be a long rectangle and that's how we want.
Mix together the cinnamon and sugar.
Pour the melted butter over the rolled out dough and spread it out using your fingers. Slather it!
Sprinkle over the cinnamon sugar,evenly.
Roll the dough in a jelly/jam roll fashion from the longer side towards you.Pinch the ends together. Cut them into circles and lay them flat on an 8"square baking tray.Let it rise for 45 mins or almost doubled.
Pre-heat the oven to 375 F and bake the rolls until golden, 20-25 mins.
Meanwhile make the frosting by mixing all the ingredients together.
Once the rolls are baked and are out of the oven, let it cool for 10 mins. Pour the frosting over it.

Verdict: My fingers,toes and eyes were crossed when I was making it because I really wanted to replicate that same thing in my house.I didn't eat the first one, I made Jobin eat it and hear what he had to say. I was standing by his side and pestering him to tell me if it tastes like Tobies and he said ' Athinte ezhu aiylokkathu koodi poyitilla'! (it has not even gone anywhere close to it).
Then he smiled and said,'It's good!'. I was a happy girl! When I had mine, I wanted that fresh out of the oven feeling, so I microwaved it for 15 seconds and boy! It was really really good!!

Try it if you have tasted one before and liked it.Try it if you have never tasted one before but always wanted to.Just simply try it, you will like it for sure!

I must mention that your house will smell like a bakery when you bake these soft,delicious cinnamon rolls!
These rolls are Yeastspotted!


Finla said...

Wowo these rolls look super super yumy. As i am not having sugar from today i wish i could sneakly grab one from here :-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those look fantastic! I wouldn't mind eating one for teatime!



Zareena said...

Wow!!! Ria, cinnamon rolls. I love them a lot. They look very neatly packed rolls. Yummy and they taste heavenly. You rock Ria...

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Wow....This are mouth watering rolls....


kavis said...

I've been following your blog for quite some time now but never thought to comment. Although i did now coz these Cinnamon roll is so inviting.Its my favorite and I love the distinct aroma of cinnamon.Your cinnamon rolls looks perfect and yummy;)

Unknown said...

Totally interesting rolls...loks yummy

spontaneous-euphoria said...

Perfect for breakfast!

I'm going to make these and have them with a nice cold glass of milk.

And I love your photographs.. you captured the cinnamon sticks exceptionally.

Satya said...

very very tempting rolls
Super Yummy Recipes

Priya dharshini said...

Cheers on Cinnamon Rolls,perfect baking and luv the frosting...

Vaishali Sharma said...

I loveeee cinnamon rolls anyday anytime.....When I made them at home..they were gone so quickly..You should try at cinnabon's too...but u know on second thoughts..u dont need to...urs look better! :)

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KrithisKitchen said...

Wow.. The cinnamon rolls looks so perfect and inviting... I also hadn't had the roll being skeptical about the powerful cinnamon aroma... Will try next time when I come across.


archana said...

Yum, those rolls are perfect, you should start a bakery, and i will camp down there.

Plateful said...

Amazing! I'm a diehard fan of cinnamon rolls, esp love the ones from Cinnabon and I've been toying with the idea of making them at home. Your pictures and recipe confirm that this is exactly what I need to put my thoughts to action..!

JishasKitchen said...

wow..that looks so perfect and yummy......good job

Anonymous said...

I was the same and kind of still the same when it comes to Cinnamon. I get tired of seeing them everywhere. Arvind on the other hand, his daily Breakfast.. apple and cinnamon oats ... bleh !!!
The only thing I however I enjoy in cinnamon buns.. and your recipe looks awsm !!


Priya Suresh said...

Very addictive and attractive cinnamon rolls..

Brenda said...

These are going to haunt MY dreams now, Ria! I had to laugh at your cinnamon weariness. My family goes through so much cinnamon. Basically, whatever a recipe calls for, we can easily double the amount! I blame it on my mom. I've been disappointed by the couple cinnamon roll recipes I've tried, so will definitely be making these, as they look delicious - thank you!

Anonymous said...

Perky pictures and lovely rolls. A neat package.


Ramya said...

Cinnamon rolls have always been one of my favorites..
The frosting looks buttery , sweet n super yummy!!!!

Anonymous said...

These look ultra delicious..!book marked :)

Swapna said...

Cinnamon Rolls are my little A's favorite... I make them for him at least twice a month :).... and whenever I make these he smell it from down stairs itself while coming back from school and he will do anything for a cinnamon roll :D … Your rolls came out perfectly Ria….

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Looks awesome Ria.. absolutely love it.

Michelle said...

LOL, we must be thinking the same way. I just posted up my recipe for cinnamon buns today :-) Yours look pretty good and delicious, as my three year old would say!

Anonymous said...

absolutely fantastic, cinnamon rolls are looking so gooey and inviting.

Divya Kudua said...

Cinnamon is one of my favorite spice too,but only when I use it,hehe!!Love the rolls,never tried them but so badly want to..looks droolworthy!!

zorra said...

Awesome and such beautiful pictures!

Unknown said...

I'm guilty of the overuse of cinnamon too, but that's only because I make so many apple desserts!! Those rolls look awesome, they're my current obsession, and being available so easy all around, are totally ruining my efforts in yoga!!

SS said...

My rolls are waiting all tuffed up to go into the oven-followed ur recipe-but using brown sugar,walnuts,some nutmeg and cinnamon for the filling-will post pic in FB if sucessful:-)Thanks

Unknown said...

hello Ria,
i tried ur cinnamon role yest and came out well.Thank u for the recipe.
one doubt which sugar did u use for frosting? is it ok to use castor sugar ?

Ria Mathew said...

Sonia,I did see the pics :) Thanks!

Sindhu- Yay! So glad you liked it!! I used powdered sugar.Ummm, caster sugar might make the frosting grainy. If you have a blender/mixie, just powder that and use.

shriannalakshmi said...

looks fabulous.... just want to finish the whole tray....

Anu said...

the rolls came out beautifully..we n my meighbours loved it! and they were in doubt whether i bought it from the bakery!! :)

from the land of spices said...

hi ria,i tried cinnamon rolls.and it was an instant hit at home and the for a potluck party later.everyone irrespective of age liked it.i am overwhelmed with the huge appreciation i got for this.and it wouldnt be fine if i dont thank u for the recipe.

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