Adapted from sweet-as-sugar-cookies
Makes 1 loaf
Prep time: 10 minutes
Rise time: 2 hours
Cook time: 30 minutes
1/4 C butter, melted
1/3 C milk
1/4 C warm water
1/4 C sugar
1 Tbsp yeast
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
2 3/4 C flour
1/4 C butter, melted
1/2 C sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Heat milk and butter in microwave or on the stove until the butter melts (30-45 seconds in the microwave.) Add water (if the milk/butter is very hot, use cooler water; if not, use warm water--you want it to be about 110 degrees when the liquids are all added).
Mix in sugar, then yeast. Add eggs (it's helpful if you've beaten them before you add them). Add vanilla.
Stir in 1 C flour. Then add the second cup. I turned mine out here to knead. If yours needs a little more flour to be firm enough, add a little more flour. Add about 1/2 C flour and knead it in. Your dough will be slightly different than regular bread dough due to the high butter content of the rolls. When it's ready you'll be able to make a nice impression with your hands in the dough and your fingers won't get dough stuck to them when you pull it out. It'll be a nice soft, slightly oily ball of dough.
Put it in a bowl and let it rise till doubled, about an hour.
Once it's risen, pull it out, punch it down and then put it on a lightly floured surface and roll it out to about 12x20 inches.
It should end up a few milimeters thick.
Now add your 1/2 C of melted butter and smear it around evenly with your fingertips. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it about evenly. If you'd like add several tablespoons of brown sugar as well. I will not tell your dentist.
Stack these strips on top of one another.
Mine kind of stretched this time (they didn't last time) I think because I didn't flour my surface and because I let the bread rise too long while I ran errands this morning. I just squished and patched as necessary and all was well.
Then cut your log of strips into 6 equal chunks.
And place these in a greased 8x5 inch bread pan with the cut sides up.
Let rise till doubled--40 minutes or so. The slices will get nice and cozy and touch all the sides (sorry I forgot this picture--too eager to get mine in the oven I guess.)
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
Let cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out on a serving platter and frost the top. You can also frost the individual hunks as though your frosting were butter, but I'm not sure I can recommend that in good conscience. I used maple frosting a la pioneer woman, though a cream cheese one would be awesome too, or whatever is your favorite.
Posted by The Tasty Cheapskate
Then you're going to cut it into five 12x4 inch strips.