Ingredients

Dough

  • 3/4 cup milk (200 ml)
  • 0.5 ounces dry yeast (12 grams)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar (180 grams)
  • 3/4 cup butter (200 grams)
  • 4 cups flour (500 grams)
  • Pinch of salt

Filling

  • 1/2 to 1 cup brown sugar (100-200 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon (25 grams)
  • 1/2 cup softened butter (100 grams)

Frosting

  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese (250 grams)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (125 grams)

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls

    You'll need a large bowl to mix your dough and a smaller one for your yeast mixture. Opt for bowls with a non-slip base to keep things sturdy.

  • Rolling Pin

    A sturdy rolling pin helps to evenly roll out the dough. Look for one that's comfortable to handle and provides good leverage.

  • Baking Dish

    A deep dish is perfect for baking these cinnamon rolls, helping them rise up tall and fluffy. Make sure it's well-greased!

  • Measuring Cups and Spoons

    Accurate measurements are key to baking success. Invest in a good set of measuring cups and spoons for precise ingredient amounts.

Instructions

Step 1

Making the Dough

In warm milk, add the yeast and 2-3 tablespoons of sifted flour and sugar from the overall amount. Mix slightly, cover with film, and set aside in a warm place.
Whisk the eggs with the remaining sugar until frothy. Add in the sifted flour and melted butter, then incorporate the yeast mixture.
Mix carefully, place in a large bowl or pot, cover with film, and leave in a warm place for about 1.5 hours. Periodically turn the oven to the lowest temperature to maintain warmth (be careful not to overheat the dough).

Step 2

Forming the Rolls

Once the dough has risen, divide it into 2 parts. Roll each into a rectangle on a floured surface, then spread the filling evenly.
Roll the dough into a log, then cut it into 6-8 pieces. Place these in a baking dish and bake at 340°F (170°C) until golden brown.

Step 3

Finishing Touches

Remove from the oven and immediately spread with mascarpone mixed with powdered sugar until smooth. Allow the rolls to cool slightly, letting the frosting soak in before serving.
Hide them away to prevent family members from gobbling them up too quickly, although this might not help much as the aroma will draw them to the kitchen long before they're ready! Enjoy!

Servings

The beauty of these cinnamon rolls lies in their versatility. For a breakfast treat, pair them with a hot cup of coffee or tea ☕. The warm, spiced filling is a perfect wake-up call on a lazy weekend morning. These rolls also make excellent afternoon snacks – just add a dollop of extra frosting on top and you've got an indulgent pick-me-up that beats any store-bought treat. 🥰

Hosting a brunch? 🍽️ Serve the rolls alongside a fresh fruit salad and some scrambled eggs for a balanced spread that promises to impress. And let's not forget dessert! These cinnamon rolls, served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream 🍦, turn into an irresistible end to any meal. Enjoy experimenting with these serving ideas and watch everyone come back for seconds (or thirds!).

Variations

Looking to make this recipe gluten-free? No problem! Substitute the regular flour with a good quality gluten-free baking mix. Make sure to add a bit of xanthan gum (about 1/2 teaspoon) to help the dough hold together. 🌾

For a vegan twist, replace the milk with almond milk or any plant-based milk, use a vegan butter alternative, and swap the eggs with flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 2.5 tablespoons water per egg). For the frosting, opt for a vegan cream cheese. 🥥

Faq

  • Why didn't my dough rise?

    This could be due to inactive yeast or the dough not being kept in a warm enough place. Make sure your yeast is fresh and that the environment is warm, but not too hot.

  • How can I tell if my yeast is still active?

    If your yeast mixture isn't frothy after a few minutes, chances are your yeast is past its prime. Always check the expiration date and test it before mixing it with other ingredients.

  • How do I avoid overbaking my cinnamon rolls?

    Keep a close eye on the rolls after the first 20 minutes. They should be golden brown but not too dark. Using a toothpick to check the center can help ensure they are perfectly baked.

  • Can I prepare the dough the night before?

    Yes, you can! Prepare the dough and let it rise in the refrigerator overnight. This slow rise can actually enhance the flavor. Just make sure to bring it to room temperature before baking.

  • How can I make my rolls extra fluffy?

    Make sure not to over-knead the dough and give it plenty of time to rise in a warm, draft-free environment. These steps help create that soft, pillowy texture we're aiming for.

  • Can I freeze the cinnamon rolls?

    Absolutely! You can freeze them before baking or after they are baked. Just make sure to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then foil. They can last up to two months in the freezer.

Nutrition facts

Cinnamon Rolls with Mascarpone Frosting
Recipe Yield:12 rolls
Calories:Approx. 400 calories per roll
Calories (Min - Max):350 - 450
Total Fat:20g
Saturated Fat:12g
Protein:6g
Total Carbohydrate:44g
Total Sugars:23g