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American Cinnamon Rolls – Sweet, Tender and Delicious

by Adina 18/01/2016 30 comments

Grandma's Cinnamon Rolls

This is my first post as part of the Secret Recipe Club. I’ve discovered it recently and promptly enrolled, I just love this kind of thing, being given an assignment, searching for a recipe and cooking it. And I am really excited to find out who got my blog and what recipe they chose.

So this is my first assignment, I hope I can do it justice, as it is the first time, I am not entirely sure about the procedure, but hopefully I will get it right.

The blog assigned to me this months is It’s Yummy to My Tummy. Its author is Heather and she’s been running this blog since 2010. That is really a long time, and such a long time means a whole lot of recipes, so you can imagine how hard it was for me to choose. I spent several hours during several days just clicking my way through Heather’s recipes and there were at least 20 I could have started on right away. In the end I decided to make these Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls. Why?

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Well, firstly I love cinnamon rolls (who doesn’t) and it’s a long time since I have baked any. Secondly, and more importantly, I love the fact that this is her grandmother’s recipe and I just have a soft spot for any grandma’s recipe. You see, I was raised by my grandmother, eating her wonderful food every day, and I was sure that if Heather’s grandmother was at least half as good as my own grandma than her cinnamon rolls would be great.

And I was right, the cinnamon rolls were amazing, I’ve made them last Sunday for guests and they were gone within 20 minutes. We ate them fresh from the oven, without any glaze, because nobody wanted to wait for that anymore, the smell that filled the house was amazing and everybody was already drooling.

So enjoy a cinnamon roll, make a cup of coffee to go with it and enjoy Heather’s blog while you eat it. There are so many more wonderful recipes to discover, the cinnamon rolls and the following few links are only the top of the iceberg.

The only regret I have is that the pictures are not any better, it was such a dark day and there was nothing left for me for the next day to take pictures of.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Zucchini Brownies

Pumpkin Scones

The original recipe makes quite a huge batch, so I halved it. The original requires 1 egg. In order to get the right amount of egg in the dough, I broke an egg in a cup, whisked it, weighed it and poured only half of it in the milk. Half the recipe filled a normal baking pan, there were 13 cinnamon rolls in the pan, which were devoured by 5 adults and 3 kids.

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Grandma's Cinnamon Rolls


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Serves: 13

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  • 1 cup/ 240 ml milk
  • 1 package dried yeast (0.25 oz/ 7 g)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 3 ½ tablespoons lukewarm water
  • ½ egg
  • ⅓ cups + 1 tablespoon /80 g sugar
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cups/ 360 g all-purpose flour
  • ¼ stick/ 30 g butter
  • ½ cup/ 100 g sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  1. Pour the milk in a small pan and heat it until it beginns to bubble. Let cool for a while, them skim the top if necessary.
  2. Dissolve the yeast and the sugar in the lukewarm water and let stand for a few minutes, it should become bubbly.
  3. To correctly measure half an egg, weigh and whisk the egg in a small cup, then pour half of it (weigh it) to the cooled milk. Add the sugar, the salt, milk and oil and mix well with a beater. Add about half of the flour and the yeast mixture, mix well, add the rest of the flour, incorporate and start kneading. Knead the dough until soft and smooth adding a little bit more flour if necessary to keep the dough from sticking to your hands. Place the dough in a bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot of the kitchen for about 15 minutes.
  4. Punch the dough down, cover again ad let rise until double in size. That should take about an hour, depending on how warm is the kitchen. (Mine was not so warm, so it took a bit longer, be sure it is double in size).
  5. Roll the dough on a floured surface. Melt the butter and brush the dough with it. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle the dough evenly with about ¾ of this mixture. Roll the dough and cut into slices, I had 13 slices.
  6. Butter a 9 x 13 inch/ 22 x 33 cm pan. Place the rolls in the pan, cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until double in size again. When risen, sprinkle them with the rest of the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
  7. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake the rolls for about 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Enjoy warm.

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Nicole 18/01/2016 - 09:23

I love cinnamon rolls! They are so fun to make and ever better to eat 🙂 These look really lovely, great pick for SRC!

Adina 18/01/2016 - 10:07

Thank you, Nicole. Cinnamon rolls are always good, I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like them and I love working with yeast, so they were the perfect choice for me.

Amy (Savory Moments) 18/01/2016 - 12:39

These look delicious! Such a lovely weekend treat. I am so glad to be part of the SRC starting this month!

Adina 18/01/2016 - 19:09

Thank you, Amy. I am happy to start as well, I hope you had less problems than I had with the blog hop links. 🙂

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 18/01/2016 - 15:55

I’ve been meaning to join the SRC for a while now… but somehow I keep forgetting, or life keeps getting in the way. How are you liking it so far? LOVE that you chose cinnamon rolls from Heather’s blog! Cinnamon rolls are a weakness of mine (and probably every one else’s) and these look perfect! I could use about a dozen of these right about now! Cheers, my dear!

Adina 18/01/2016 - 19:11

You should join, I think you would like it. I love searching for recipes on other blogs, the whole deciding on just one of them thing, so it is definitely something suitable for me. I only have my technical problems (as always), which I hope to solve before next time.

[email protected]'s Recipes 18/01/2016 - 16:05

It has been ages since I last baked a batch cinnamon rolls. These look terrific, Adina.

Adina 18/01/2016 - 19:12

Thank you, Angie. 🙂

Our Eating Habits 18/01/2016 - 16:32

Welcome to the club! Your cinnamon buns look divine!

Adina 18/01/2016 - 19:34

Thank you.

Heather 18/01/2016 - 16:35

Oh, Adina, I must have been channeling you and my grandma’s rolls this morning as that is what the kids and I just had for breakfast. We had some in the freezer, as yes, the original batch does make quite a few like you mentioned! so we just pulled out some extra out of the freezer and defrosted in microwave for a few seconds 🙂 and voila -warm cinnamon rolls! Thanks for featuring my grandma’s rolls, it makes my heart full <3 -Heather from It's Yummy to My Tummy 🙂

Adina 18/01/2016 - 19:14

Hi Heather. Thank you for the recipe, it is really great. Good to know that the rolls freeze so well, so I can make the whole batch next time. 🙂 And Grandma’s recipes rule, they are always the best.

Stephanie at Dessert before Dinner 18/01/2016 - 18:21

Welcome to the club! These cinnamon rolls look so fantastic. Congrats on a wonderful first, SRC post!

Adina 18/01/2016 - 19:14

Thank you, Stephanie. I am glad I was able to join. 🙂

Meghan | Fox and Briar 18/01/2016 - 18:29

I have never heard of the secret recipes club, what a cool idea! And these cinnamon rolls look so delicious, I would love to have some freshly baked cinnamon rolls right now!

Adina 18/01/2016 - 19:16

It is really a good idea, I joined the first time I’ve heard of it, it is sooo something for me. 🙂

Margaret 18/01/2016 - 21:05

These remind me of my MIL’s cinnamon rolls. Love making them. They look perfectly delicious.

And…welcome to SRC.

Adina 20/01/2016 - 09:25

Thank you, Margaret. 🙂

Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair 18/01/2016 - 22:53

They look delicious and you can’t go wrong with recipes from our grandmothers! Welcome to the SRC!

Adina 20/01/2016 - 09:25

Thank you, Heather. And I really think that grandmother recipes are some of the best. My grandma cooked more or less the same things all her life and if she didn’t have a very large repertoire, at least she mastered perfectly those dishes she made.

Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table 19/01/2016 - 00:43

Mmmm, cinnamon rolls! I really need to make these soon – it’s been far too long since I’ve had one. I’m pretty sure I have a 4-year-old helper who would love to do the frosting, too. Always was my favorite part when I was little 🙂

Adina 20/01/2016 - 09:22

Yup, my kids love to frost as well, especially when I make muffins. 🙂

Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook 19/01/2016 - 04:22

I feel your pain regarding photography, I currently live in OH where the sun rarely shines. And with sunset at 5pm my winter photos are pretty drab.
That being said, I think the cinnamon rolls still look great. 🙂

Adina 20/01/2016 - 09:21

Thank you, Lauren. 🙂

Chris Scheuer 19/01/2016 - 12:43

Yum! I’m surprised they waited for you to get pictures, they look amazing and I can only image the delicious aroma!

Adina 20/01/2016 - 09:21

The quickest pictures ever, I think I only had about 10 of them, but it was so dark anyway…

Kirstin 19/01/2016 - 17:34

Nothing like a good cinnamon roll. I make them every Christmas morning!

Adina 20/01/2016 - 09:20

A tradition I must consider, especially since they freeze so well. 🙂

Monica 19/01/2016 - 22:36

Oh my! We love a fresh batch of warm-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls here, too! These look wonderful, no glaze even necessary (I wouldn’t want to wait, either!). What a fun club you’re a part of with this!

Adina 20/01/2016 - 09:19

Thank you, Monica. We really didn’t miss the glaze, they were sweet enough just as they were.


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