Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Bread with Cinnamon Icing

Warning: You will not want to share your creation with anyone because it is THAT good. I came across the original recipe for the Cinnamon Roll bread on Joy the Baker's website. The Cinnamon Icing recipe came from Stephanie's Kitchen. I modified the Cinnamon Roll bread just a tad, and made some math mistakes. Oops. 

All I have to say is that I am joining a gym next week because this plus the other sweet treats I have planned for you will turn me into a whale! 

Here we go!!!

Cinnamon Roll Bread

The Dough:
  • Please ignore that brown sugar! You'll be using that later :) 
  • 2 3/4 cup flour + 2 tablespoons...I used plain, but you can use all-purpose 
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package (7g or 2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 oz (3ish tablespoons) butter...mmmm butter, my fave!
  • 1/3 cup milk...I used semi-skimmed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil
  • A rectangular bread pan
  • Some mixing bowls and spoons
  • Tea towel
  • Cling film
In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, and salt

In another bowl, whisk the eggs...strangely satisfying! I usually use a fork!
I just wanted to show you my cute measuring cups I purchased from Anthropologie

Melt the butter and milk in a small saucepan. Once the butter has melted, take it off the heat and add water and vanilla, and let it sit for 1-2 minutes
Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture

Mix with a spatula-weird, I know. I wasn't a fan, really!
Add the egg into your mixture and stir forever. Okay, not forever, but awhile until it comes together

Add the rest of the flour and stir for about 2 minutes. The dough will be super sticky!
It's so sticky I'm gonna diiiieee!! Despicable Me? No? Okay. Moooving on...
Vegetable Oil-up a medium sized bowl
Place the dough in the oiled-up bowl, cover with cling film and a tea towel, and leave it to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Watch Criminal Minds and be prepared to be scared walking out of your house
Grease and flour the pan
Put 2 tablespoons of flour on a chopping board. You like that K I drew? Yeaaah that's real talent!

Pretend the dough is your enemy and punch it to deflate it!
Buuut since Karma's a b*, your hand gets smothered in sticky dough. It'll come off! Just start kneading the flour into the dough, and add more if it's too sticky, like I did
Cover your dough with a tea towel and let it sit for 5 minutes

Roll the dough out so it's about 12 in tall and 20 in long. If it doesn't want to get that big, roll it out as big as you can

Psssst... Mr. Sweets is probably gawking at the mess I've made in the kitchen. Whoops. Don't worry, I cleaned it up, Mr. Sweets. And I put my engagement ring back on ;)


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 oz (3ish tablespoons) butter
Mix the sugars and cinnamon in a small bowl

Melt that butter! Mmm you just saw 2 of my fave ingredients ever-sugar and butter!
Spread the melted butter over your rolled out dough. I used all of the butter! It was a lot but sooo delish!
Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the butter and rub it around! All of my favorite ingredients in 1 place, yes please!
Okay, so I added too much sugar. Whoops. That was meant to be a mistake. Use a pizza cutter to slice 6 vertical pieces across the dough
Pile them on top of each other and marvel in my sugary mess!
Okay, so I was supposed to slice these up into 6 pieces, but since I am bad at math, I sliced 7. Oh well!
Grease and flour your pan

Place your slices all next to each other in your pan

Cover the pan with a tea towel and let it rise in a warm place for 30-45 minutes, until it doubles in size
Doubled! Heat your oven to 175 C / 350 F and bake for 30-35 minutes! Even though the top may look done, the middle may not be, as I learned the hard way. Once baked, let it cool down slightly and then add my delish icing!!

Cinnamon Icing
See? My counter is now clean! 
You need:
  • 4 oz (6.5 tablespoons) cream cheese at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners (icing) sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
One tip, if you're not familiar with it yet, is to wet your spoon before scooping out butter or cream cheese or anything like that. The water prevents the food sticking to the spoon :)
Cream together the butter and cream cheese

Add half of the sugar, mixing with a wooden spoon or else you'll end up with a huge mess like I did! Once mixed, add the rest of the sugar

Once the sugar is mixed, whisk it so it's fluffier! Dip your finger in and taste a piece of heaven!
By now your bread should be done!! LOOK HOW AMAZING THAT IS!

MMMMM!!! Are you drooling yet?! I am, and it's in my kitchen!!
Smooches!! Smother that bread with the icing and pucker up!!

Ciao!! xoxo


darbishar said...

YUM!!! I will have to make this for my family, the kids will love it :)

Michelle said...

Oooh you'll have to take a picture and/or share some tips!! Good luck!!

mickster said...

Another winner from Ms Ghahary!!! Even tho I am diabetic, I will risk it ALL !!! for a portion of your cinnamon bread masterpiece !! xx

Michelle said...

Aww thanks!! But I wouldn't risk it :) xx