Eid Recipe | Cinnamon Rolls from USA
Today, we feature a popular American dessert recipe from USA that would be great for an Eid dessert. It is called the cinnamon rolls. Americans love their sweet sugary cinnamon rolls - and you will to when you try them out this Eid!
This Eid recipe is a must try for you!
1/4 cup warm water (105° to 115°)
1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
3 large egg yolks
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
4 to 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
3 Tbsp. honey
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) chopped pecans
1) Making the Dough
In the bowl, combine warm water, yeast and 1 tsp. sugar. Stir to dissolve and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add milk, butter, remaining sugar, egg yolks, salt and 3 cups flour. You can use an electric mixer to mix till blended. I however used a spoon to do the mixing. Later on I used my hands to knead the dough. Slowly incorporate the remaining 1 cup of flour. Knead the dough until smooth and slightly sticky (adding a little more flour if too wet). Shape the dough into a ball and place in a large bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour (or 2 hours if not in an entirely warm place). After the dough has risen, punch down. Turn out onto a lightly floured cutting board and let sit 20 minutes.
2) Making the Filling
Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Melt butter; keep separate.
Then roll dough out into a rectangle shape. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Starting with the long side, roll dough into a cylinder. Place seam side down on a flat surface and cut crosswise into slices.
Place dough slices, flat side down. Crowd them so they touch. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving room for the buns to rise, and refrigerate for several hours. I left mine overnight and baked them the next day.
3) Baking and Making the Topping
In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, honey over low heat; stir until sugar and butter are melted.
Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature while the oven pre-heats. Preheat oven to 375°. Pour some of the topping mixture on the buns. Sprinkle the pecans. Be sure to use only what is necessary to allow the pecans to stick onto the cinnamon rolls. Leave the rest of the topping mixture for later use. Bake cinnamon rolls until golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove pan from oven and immediately pour the topping over the cinnamon rolls. Let cinnamon rolls cool slightly and serve warm.
Note: The original recipe had called for the topping mixture to be poured onto the un-cooked cinnamon rolls, and then refrigerated overnight. The rationale for that is that the melted butter and brown sugar mixture will harden onto the cinnamon rolls in the refrigerator and then melt when baked. However, the melted butter and sugar can also harden when placed in the oven for too long. Then instead of gooey sweet cinnamon rolls, you will end up with hardened toppings. My method of adding the topping mixture at the end - immediately after you remove from the oven - ensures that the cinnamon rolls are moist and sweet.
Also, the original recipe had called for pouring all of the topping mixture and pecans onto the baking pan, AND then placing the sliced un-cooked cinnamon rolls on them. The idea is is invert the cinnamon rolls into a dish after baking, so that the pecans and topping mixture is on top. But this inversion method is risky business - imagine overturning a hot baking pan - piping hot topping mixture may slip onto your toes, and other parts of your body. My method avoids this risky step.
Try it and see if it works for you too :)