It’s November, the month of Food Festival in UK, the month of Thanksgiving in America and the month that brings Christmas’s to the rest of the world and that is why planning and preparing ahead are way up to our heads. Shopping, picking up the proper free materials that nature provides for us, decorations of all kinds, food preparations and choices, campaigns, posts and anything that has to do with this unique and magical season of the year have enter our life by storm, minutes after Halloween. And although I am one of those people who constantly create – from decorations to food – all those things about Christmas, still I find it too early to post anything about it and I choose to post a recipe in baking that is well known yet so special. Cinnamon and other spiced rolls with cream cheese and nuts.
The truth is that I should have posted this about a week ago but I had so many things going on around. First, a false alarm on falling in love. A false alarm though, since falling in love with the right person is 1 chance in a billion. Then was the beginning of the Christmas decorations, and the preparation, including endless shopping, planning and organising, a time-consuming obligation. And last but not least, my helper, chose the worst time of the year to quit without any warning!!! So from one moment to the other the “chaos” was not a long distanced and scary thought but was happening out of the blue in my life. And between all these a mild -THANK GOD for this – tendonitis reminded me the worst days of my life.
But as life goes on we have to be grateful for all what we have and so am I and that is why even later that I have anticipated, I am posting this amazing post about my cinnamon and other spiced rolls with cream cheese and nuts. An easy to make recipe but with cooking skills to at least moderate and lots of time in the kitchen, but believe me the outcome is rewarding! Is a good think if you can have somebody to help you too since it will minimise time in the kitchen and always extra hands are so useful when you prepare a complex recipe.
For these roll pastries the recipe for the dough is always the same and plain but you can choose the ingredients you are using for the filling of the rolls. They vary from plain ground cinnamon to peanut butter or honey and roasted walnuts or any other ingredient you like to combine for a sweet pastry and of course don’t forget that mouth drawling cream cheese topping.
And although is not a Christmas special recipe is definitely a winter recipe that you can do and enjoy every now and then either on their own or with a rich cup of hot chocolate or hot coffee or black tea latte, in front of your fireplace on your own or with your loved ones. Cinnamon and other spiced rolls with cream cheese and nuts are a definite winter special for day and night.
- 1/4 -ounce or 1 small package of 7-10g dry yeast
- 1/2 cup / 115g warm water
- 1/2 cup / 115g semi skimmed milk
- 1/4 cup /55g sugar
- 1/3 cup /75g butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups / 45g – 500g all-purpose flour
Filling can be anything from:
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans, (optional)
- Honey (Optional)
- or just Peanut butter
- or Chocolate or Nutella
- 1 package cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup / 55g butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups / 175g confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Use a cup or small bowl to dissolve yeast wit warm water and set aside.
- In a large bowl or mixer, mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg.
- Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth.
- Add yeast mixture.
- Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.
- Knead dough using your clean hands and if you are using the mixer keep it in low – to moderate speed.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let to rise until doubled in size.
- This will take about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
When doubled in size, punch down dough.
- Roll out on a floured surface and make a ply of about 40-50cm.
- Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. You can add honey if you want.
- (If you are using other ingredients like Chocolate or Peanut butter don’t mix sugar and cinnamon)
- Sprinkle with roasted walnuts.
- Role up dough and pinch edge together to seal.
- Cut into sliced of about 2cm thick.
- Coat the bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
- Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nicely browned.
- Meanwhile, mix cream cheese topping and add some warm milk to achieve desired consinstancy. Spread over warm rolls.