Everything Anna made was wonderful, and these cinnamon rolls are no exception. Although this is an old recipe, my Mom modified the directions to allow mixing and rising of the dough in a bread machine. The ingredients and quantities are exactly the same if you choose to hand mix and let the dough rise without the machine, but I haven't included the directions for that method. If you want to do it that way, then simply follow the basic mix and rise directions of any other roll recipe. I'll add those steps myself when I finally make them that way.
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons yeast (or 1 packet)
- 1⁄4 cup warm water
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 cups white bread flour
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄3 cup shortening, Melted
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons cinnamon (Approx)
- 1⁄3 cup sugar (Approx)
- 2 tablespoons butter, Softened (Approx)
- 2⁄3 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1⁄2 cup pecans, Chopped (optional)
- Put the yeast in a measuring cup and add warm (yeast appropriate) water to the 1/4 cup line. Add to the bread machine.
- Slightly stir eggs so that yolks and whites are mixed. Add to the bread machine.
- Add the remaining dough ingredients to the bread machine in the order listed above.
- If you bread machine has a "dough" setting, use that. If not, run your machine through the first cycle. My machine beeps at the end of the first cycle, but I also have a dough option.
- When the dough is ready, remove it from the machine and put it on a floured board. Using your hands, spread the dough evenly to approximately to a 15" x 8" rectangle.
- Spread the butter over the dough and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon evenly over that. The quantities for the filling are approximate, so feel free to play.
- Starting on the long side, roll the dough up and cut it into 12 pieces.
- In the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan, mix butter, brown sugar, syrup and pecans (again, the quantities are approximate, so feel free to increase or decrease). Add the 12 rolls.
- Cover the rolls with a clean towel and put the pan in a warm place to rise.
- Let the rolls rise until they're up to the top of the pan (can take up to an hour).
- Remove and bake in a 350 oven for 30 minutes.