Buttery Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

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If you’re like me, and you have an undying love for buttery cinnamon rolls, this recipe is for you. Soft and gooey all the way through, smothered with cinnamon brown sugar and drizzled with a vanilla cream cheese icing that drips into the middle and soaks into every single bite.

*makes about 10-12 cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

For the dough:

  1. 85g luke-warm milk
  2. 5g active dry yeast
  3. 285g flour
  4. 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  5. 25g granulated sugar
  6. 80g unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature
  7. 2 large eggs, at room temperature

For the filling:

  1. 20g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  2. 75g light brown sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

For the icing:

  1. 70g powdered sugar
  2. 37g cream cheese
  3. 1-2 tablespoons milk
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, add the warm milk, yeast and 1 tablespoon out of the 25 g of granulated sugar needed for the dough. Mix until combined at set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the flour, the rest of the granulated sugar and salt. Using a stand or electric mixer with a bread-dough hook, running on low, slowly add in the yeast mixture. Next add in the eggs one at a time and mix until well incorporated.
  3. Add in the butter, one cube at a time. Wait for each cube to get incorporated before adding in the next.
  4.  Turn up the speed to medium-high and let the dough knead for about 10 minutes.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest in the fridge overnight.
  6. The next day, before you take out the dough from the fridge, prepare your filling. Add the cinnamon and brown sugar to a bowl and whisk to remove any lumps.
  7. Next, take out your dough and place on a lightly floured surface. The colder the dough, the easier it will be to roll out.
  8. Roll the dough into a 1.2″ thick rough rectangular shape. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but should be almost twice as long as it is wide.
  9. Next spread the room temperate butter on to the rolled out dough, leaving a small border from all sides. Coat the butter with the cinnamon sugar, making sure you cover the entire surface well.
  10. Using the the long edge of the rectangle away from you, start rolling towards you to form a tight log.
  11. Using a sharp knife, cut into 1 1/2″ thick rounds and place onto a baking tray leaving an inch of a space between each of them.
  12. Lightly cover with a kitchen towel and allow to proof for another 2 hours in a warm space.
  13. When ready to bake, place the baking tray in an oven pre-heated at 180°C. Bake for 23-27 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Meanwhile, prepare the icing. In a bowl, add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and a tablespoon of the milk. Mix to combine until you have a very thick glaze (you may need more of the milk). Next, add in the cream cheese and whisk well to combine.
  15. Let the cinnamon rolls cool for 10 minutes before glazing.

 

Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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This carrot cake is full of warm, spicy flavours, perfect for fall. It’s basically a hug in cake form. The crushed pecan bits add subtle hints of toasty bitterness, and the orange brings with it the needed brightness and freshness.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  1. 125 g all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoons baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon orange zest
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 140 ml sunflower oil
  7. 100 g granulated sugar
  8. 50 g dark muscavado sugar
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 2 eggs
  11. 140 g grated carrots
  12. 20 g pecans, chopped
  13. 20 g raisins

For the cream cheese frosting:

  1. 100 g cream cheese, at room temperature
  2. 50 g powdered sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon orange zest
  4. 20 ml whipping cream
  5. 10 g coarsely chopped pecans, for topping cake

Method:

  1. Grease and line a rectangular baking pan. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a larger bowl, add the oil, eggs, orange zest and sugars and whisk well until combined. Add in the vanilla.
  4. Add the flour into the wet ingredients and fold together.
  5. Then fold in the carrots, pecans and raisins.
  6. Bake for 30-33 minutes.
  7. Let cake cool completely. Meanwhile prepare the frosting.
  8. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add in the sugar, a little at a time. Then add in the cream and orange zest and beat for another minute.
  9. Spread on top of cooled cake and top with chopped pecans.