Our favorite breakfast treat for after opening the presents is homemade cinnamon rolls right out of the oven. These are fairly quick and easy, well worth the effort. You can make them to taste by varying the cinnamon and sugar or adding raisins. The rolls can also be made the evening before and left to rise in the refrigerator overnight.
Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls
4 cups flour
1 cup warm milk
1 tablespoon rapid rise or bread machine yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use light olive oil)
Combine 2 cups of the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Heat the milk in a glass measuring cup in the microwave about 1.5 minutes until it gives off a little steam and is just a bit too warm to keep a hand on the side, around 130 degrees. Pour the milk over the flour mix and stir until the dough begins to get tacky. Add the oil, eggs and another cup of flour. Stir again until well combined. Add the last cup of flour while kneading the dough until it is all incorporated. Knead until soft and elastic. (I always knead bread in the bowl, similar to using a dough trench.) Cover the bowl and let it rest in a warm spot for 10 minutes. Turn the dough out on a large sheet of waxed paper. With a pin, roll the dough into a rectangular shape about 18″ x 12″.
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 or 3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Cover the dough with the melted butter. Sprinkle the entire surface with the brown sugar and cinnamon (and optional raisins.) Starting at one long end, roll the dough and seal the end. Using a sharp knife, cut into fifteen 1″ thick slices. Place flat in a greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 mins. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until light brown.
Ice the warm rolls with confectioner’s sugar blended with milk to make a thin icing, drizzle over the surface of the buns before cutting. Serve warm.
These smell so yummy while they bake, a couple rolls with coffee or tea make the perfect holiday breakfast.