I was so depressed after my birthday party last March. I felt insecured after seeing my old friends still slim and sexy, while I am weighing double to their weight. So, soonest they left…I started having a diet. Diva Jing sent me a copy of her diet plan she got somewhere, this Weight Loss Diet program was developed in conjunction with a grant from the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
My agony started with Day 1, the meal plan was consisted of all kinds of fruits except banana. I survived the first half of the day with ease. Later in the afternoon, I started imagining food while eating apple I dusted with cinnamon. Whoa, the scent of cinnamon reminds me the tasty cinnamon rolls. Crazy as I am, I turned on my pc and started searching for the recipe. Yes I know I was on diet but see, the spirit is indeed willing but the flesh is weak. So I surrendered and baked this delicious sweet cinnamon rolls instead.
Wanna try it?
Sweet Cinnamon Rolls
Ingredients for basic dough:
4 – 4 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ingredients for cinnamon filling mixture:
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 to 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, I used granulated brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
In a large mixing bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the yeast; set aside. In a saucepan heat and stir milk, sugar, butter or margarine, and salt till mixture is warm (120Â° to 130Â°) and butter or margarine is almost melted. Add to flour mixture along with eggs. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
Prepare basic sweet dough and let rise once. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each half into a 12×8-inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter or margarine. In a small mixing bowl stir together granulated sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle onto dough. If desired, sprinkle with raisins.
Roll up each rectangle, jelly-roll style, starting from one of the long sides. Pinch seams to seal. Cut each roll into 10 to 12 slices. Place slices, cut-side down, in single layers in two greased 9×12-inch round cake pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place till nearly double (about 30 minutes). (Or, cover with oiled waxed paper, then with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.)
If dough is chilled, let stand, covered, for 20 minutes at room temperature. Puncture any surface bubbles with a greased wooden toothpick. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or till golden brown. Cool slightly. Transfer to a large platter.
Goodluck and happy baking 🙂