It's cold outside today, so guess who's making cinnamon rolls!!!?
I had to revisit this recipe from our awesome friend Josh. He's such a good baker. You will LOVE his yummy version of cinnamon rolls, you gotta try them!
It was hard for me to catch each little step through pictures, but I managed to snag a few photos of Josh and Cason (his assistant) in action. ha!
Because I missed a few steps during the process I wanted to try out the recipe for myself, so my Mom and I got together after Sunday dinner to whip up a batch of our own. The recipe is fail proof, but I thought I'd add in a few little tips and tricks that I learned along the way.
1. If possible, use the Lehi Roller Mill Unbleached Turkey Brand Flour from Costco.
I don't know why, but it DOES make a difference. We used regular ol' flour and the cinnamon rolls STILL turned out really awesome, but they just seemed to have a heavier, bread-ier texture, compared to Josh's, that were light and cake-y.
2. After you've mixed your dough and set it in a bowl to rise, keep it in a warm place and cover it with a tea towel or partially closed lid. You DO NOT want to close your bowls lid completely, the dough needs a bit of air, you're really just keeping a little something over it so that the dough doesn't get dried out and form a crust on the top.
3. When mixing the brown sugar and cinnamon for your filling, sift it together if you have any hard pieces. We don't use a lot of brown sugar in our house (unless we're baking) so sometimes it can get a bit hard, even with a piece of bread in the jar to help keep it fresh. I think a lot of this has to do with where we live, but sifting the brown sugar helps to break up any rough bits.
4. If you remember from above, Josh had a very sharp serrated knife that he was using to cut his cinnamon roll loaf, and that works great! But if you don't have a really sharp knife on hand, I recommend dental floss. Yup, you read that right... flavorless dental floss! You just slide a piece underneath your loaf, bring the sides up, cross them and you're done!
This is a trick my Mom taught me, so I thought I'd let her share it with all of you as well!
Aaaand here's me trying to do a photoshoot with a fresh cinnamon roll, before it was snatched up by my guy.
Yes. They are THAT good.