Thursday, January 6, 2011
Norwegian Cinnamon Rolls
I love cinnamon rolls. Love them.
When i lived in England i used to visit my Aunt and Uncle in Norway fairly regularly as the flight was only a couple of hours from gatwick airport. Norway is such a beautiful country, the landscape and the people. I haven't visited for six years and i do miss it.
My aunt makes the most delicious chocolate cake (i'll post about this another time) and cinnamon rolls. Unfortunately i lost the recipe she gave me but was thrilled to find this recipe by Nigella Lawson that is very close to it. These are very, very good, especially when still warm straight from the oven! These do not stay around long in my house at all!
I do add more flour than the recipe calls for (i keep adding more flour until i get the springy, smooth consistency i want) and instead of making them all in a pan, i use cupcake/muffin cases.
For the dough
600g all-purpose/plain flour (i used approx. 700g)
100g caster sugar
1/2 tsp salt
21g (3 sachets) easy blend yeast or 45g fresh yeast
100g unsalted butter
For the Filling
150g unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
Combine the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl and set aside.
Melt the butter and whisk it into the milk and eggs, then stir it into the flour mixture. Mix to combine then either knead by hand or use the dough hook of a food mixer until the dough is smooth and springy. Form into a ball, place in an oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave it to rise for about half an hour. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
Mix all the filling ingredients into a paste. Prepare paper cases.
Roll dough on a floured surface into a large rectangle. Spread filling all over the rectangle. Roll the dough into a log. Slice off 1 inch rounds and place into prepared paper cases. Just before they go into the oven, i like to top them with a little more of the filling paste.
Bake and enjoy!