Bread machines are awfully convenient. I’ve actually worn one out, and am on my second one. I don’t use it as much these days, as we tend to use the Kitchenaid stand mixer, but sometimes I like to set it to have pizza dough ready when I come home from work, or set it to have dough ready first thing in the morning to make these bread machine cinnamon rolls.
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
Put the ingredients into the bread machine in the order listed. Set it to the dough setting, either on a timer, or to make them as soon as the dough is ready. When it is ready, you will need:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon (can substitute cardamon for one tablespoon)
- 1 cup raisins or pecans/walnuts
- butter (as much as needed to spread over dough)
Roll the dough into a rectangular shape (my breadboard is 24 x 13, so I flatten it to that size). Spread the softened or melted butter over the dough. Combine the cinnamon and sugar, and spread over the butter. Sprinkle the raisins/nuts over the sugar mixture. (If you don’t like raisins or nuts, feel free to leave them out..or substitute glazed fruit, mixed peel, glace cherries, chopped dried apricots…). Rollup lengthwise, like a jelly roll. Slice into 12 rounds, and place each piece cut side down into a buttered 9 x 12 baking pan. Let rise 45 minutes to one hour. Bake at 400F for 15 minutes. Makes 1 dozen rolls, at 7 points each.
If desired, you can frost them with cream cheese icing or almond glaze. There is a cream cheese icing recipe here.
You can also shape the roll into a circle, then make cuts about an inch apart cutting about 3/4 of the way through, then turning the cut edges facing up, so that it makes a wreath shape.