If you love cinnamon rolls but do not have the time or the inclination to make traditional cinnamon rolls with dough that has to raise twice before the cinnamon rolls are baked, try this easy variation.
There’s nothing like homemade apple pie.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a dozen times: “Make homemade cinnamon rolls? From scratch? Are you crazy? That takes all day!”
I have several recipes for homemade cinnamon rolls that do, indeed, take at least all afternoon — scald the milk and let it cool to room temperature (30 minutes); mix the dough and let it raise for an hour (1.5 hours); punch down the dough and let it raise for another hour (1 hour); shape into cinnamon rolls and let raise for another hour (1.5 hours); and then, finally, bake the cinnamon rolls (30 minutes) — for a grand total of 5 hours from start to finish. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You really can make homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch in two hours or less.
When I was a kid growing up on our small dairy farm in Wisconsin that had been homesteaded by Norwegian immigrants in the late 1800s, I figured everyone knew how to make lefse. After all, everyone I knew could make lefse, so didn’t that mean everyone else could make it too?
That was forty years ago.
Now I know better.
A fancy version of Cinnamon Rolls — and easy, too!
This pastry looks like you spent hours slaving over the dough. In reality, it takes 2 hours from start to finish because it is basically my cinnamon roll recipe (well, maybe it takes a bit more than 2 hours when you add the frosting glaze).
I made this for the breakfast after the Sunday school Christmas program, and there wasn’t much left to take home!