Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cinnamon Rolls


I love having freshly baked cinnamon buns/rolls for breakfast. However I am often put off by the fact that the preparation time is long and that I would have to wake up at least 2 hours earlier to ensure that freshly baked cinnamon rolls can be on the table by the time the family wakes up.

A couple of weeks ago, while blog-hopping (my way of de-stressing and getting inspirations), I chance upon a gem! A quick  and easy recipe for cinnamon rolls.


The dough is prepared the night before and left in the refrigerator to chill overnight. During this time the dough will rise…but very slowly. Then the next morning, you just need to pull out the dough and shape it and off to the oven to bake. All in all, just less than an hour in the morning. For me, I took out the dough from the fridge an hour and a half before the family woke up. While the dough is resting, I took a shower and freshen up. Then, before shaping the dough, I just kneaded it for a couple of minutes. Love the feeling of the yeast coming to life and doing its thing. So, even though the recipe does not call for kneading before shaping,,, I just have to do it to satisfy myself. I added some semi-sweet chocolate chips into the rolls. The cinnamon rolls came out prefect!!! Nothing beats a freshly baked roll for breakfast. Hubby had a couple before going to work and the children finished up the rest.

Everyone was satisfied :)


Cinnamon Rolls (adapted from Reese’s Kitchen)

Ingredients :

280g Bread flour

15g Milk powder

60g castor sugar

1/2 tsp salt

70g water

6g instant yeast

100g fresh milk

50g butter


  1. Mix all ingredients together except butter in a mixer, mix until a dough forms.
  2. Add in butter and knead until you get an elastic dough.
  3. Brush a deep bowl with some butter, and leave the dough to rise in it for 1 hour. (covered with cling wrap)
  4. Transfer it into the fridge and chill over night.
  5. Take out the dough from the fridge and let it stand for 5 minutes, then roll flat.
  6. Brush a thin layer of butter on the flat dough and sprinkle enough cinnamon powder and brown sugar as you desire.
  7. Roll up like a Swiss roll and cut into sections.
  8. Place on a greased pan and let it double in size for 10 minutes. Brush with beaten eggs.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                         (I did not egg wash it, as i prefer the matte look)
  9. Bake in preheated oven, 190'C for 20 minutes.

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Look at the texture…. very fine and sooo soft !!See the texture here...it was unexpectedly soft!

I managed to make 10 rolls from this recipe.

What a great way to start the day!!!!


  1. Thanks for the recipe. I shall try it soon with my breadmaker. Like you, I love cinnnamon rolls. Came by via blog-hopping from Etsy Malaysia. Will bookmark and come back real soon to check out the rest of your bread recipes. Your rose mantou looks superb too. Now I am figuring out if I have the skills to make the "rose" shapes! Have a good day!

  2. Hi Krista! Welcome to my world. I love baking. Bread is our staple food for breakfast and I must have been baking almost daily for the last 4 years. Regrettably, I have not been able to post all the recipes I have tested here .. due to my lack of photography skill.
    It's not really that difficult to make those roses for the rose mantou. Quite tedious and need patience. If you like to play with polymer clay or play dough you will enjoy it.
    Feel free to contact me if you have any queries.