Oh my word! Everyone loves that smell that hits you right when you enter a mall. The sweet cinnamon and cream cheese frosting baked fresh, right in front of your eyes. But you gotta admit, Cinnabon is delicious but oh so very sweet and not something I can get away with eating very often, so here’s my version of the classic cinnamon rolls, sweet but not too sweet, cinnamon-y, but not too overpowering, and best of all, the dough is easy to make.
I actually had a little pizza dough left over in my fridge and shockingly enough I didn’t want to have pizza three days in a row, so I decided to experiment and make cinnamon rolls and I was pleasantly surprised! The savoury dough balanced out the sweet sugar and cinnamon filling, and cooked all the way through so there were no thick doughy parts in the centre. All in all a winner!
Here’s what you need for a medium sized dish:
1/2 recipe of pizza dough (Don’t add the oregano, and add 2 T olive oil while mixing the dough)
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 T cinnamon
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup cream
1/4-1/2 cup sugar
Roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick into a rectangle. Brush the melted butter onto the dough, covering all the edges as well. Then in a small bowl mix together the sugars and cinnamon. Sprinkle the mix evenly over the dough, covering all the edges as well. ( I didn’t mix them but its easier if you do)
Start rolling the dough into a tight roll (Roll the longer edge). Carefully cut the rolled dough into 1.5-2 in thick pieces. Grease a medium sized baking dish with butter and place the rolls cut side up spaced at least 1 inch apart.
While the rolls are baking mix the cream cheese, cream and sugar in a bowl and spread over the rolls right when you take them out of the oven. The frosting will melt over the warm rolls and you won’t be able to wait till they cool down to try one.
There you have it. Cinnamon rolls baked fresh at home. It’s so much easier to make these at home than i thought it would, and i’m going to be making these very often!