Cinnamon Rolls

Even though I love healthy food, but I also think that you should not restrain yourself from some treats once in a while. Therefore, I would like to share my recipe of fabulous, fluffy, a bit sinful yet fabulously amazing cinnamon rolls.

Ingredients

20 gr yeast

150 ml milk

100 gr sugar

50 gr melted butter

1 egg

300 gr flour (approximately)

2 table spoons cinnamon powder

A bit of clove powder

 

Preparation:

Warm up the milk to room temperature (about 10-15 seconds on medium fire), add the yeast and mix until the yeast is dissolved. Add 5-7 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of sugar to the mixture, slowly whisk, until even. The batter should be a bit thicker than heavy cream. Just add some more flour, if it’s not. Now leave the batter to rest for 20-30 minutes. That helps the yeast to activate. Meanwhile, melt the butter and leave to cool.

The next step is to add the egg into the batter, some 100 grams of flour and stir the batter. Add the rest of the sugar, leaving 3-4 tablespoons for topping. Butter should be added in 2-3 steps, together with flour. The amount of flour can vary; it depends on the size of the eggs, thickness of milk, etc. Just keep adding flour, until the dough stops sticking to the bowl. Take the dough out, sprinkle the table with some flour, and knead it until the surface becomes even. If you have a kitchen machine for this purpose, it’s great! Set it on 5-10 minutes of kneading of the dough. Otherwise, you’ll have to do it with your hands for about 10 minutes. It may seem that kneading doesn’t have any purpose, but the dough becomes easier to work with, as well as the buns become softer. Leave the dough rest in a bowl in a warm place for 1.5-2 hours, or until it doubles in size. Knead it once more for a minute, and roll out on the table in a rectangle shape. The dough should be about 0.5 cm thick. Spread the rest of the sugar, cinnamon powder and cloves over the surface of the dough and roll it. Cut the roll into 1-1.5 cm thick pieces, and place the buns on an oven tray. If you want the buns to be glossy, as in the bakery, brush them with some egg white. Warm up the oven to 180°C and bake for approximately 15 minutes.

Lea Rozena

Food Journalist

Having two major passions in life, healthy products and Japan – I am happy to share my experiences with you putting the two in one: cooking Japanese style. For me, it is very important that a product has natural flavour and colour, no preservatives or excessive amount of fat. I always prefer to make my food from scratch- making my own dough, batter, filling or cake decoration. And Japan… Japan is the land of my dreams, where a fairy tale becomes reality. The combination of traditions and highly modern metropolitan life encourages you to explore it more and more. Japanese cuisine is rich with fish, vegetables and rice, making it one of the healthiest. Therefore, I will introduce to you some of the most basic Japanese recipes, along with the ones I have adjusted to European lifestyle. Happy reading and happy cooking!

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