Simply Sinful Cinnamon Rolls
1 1⁄4 cups milk
1⁄2 cup sugar
2 packages dry yeast
1⁄2 cup water (110-115 degrees)
1 teaspoon sugar
6 cups flour, half all-purpose and half bread flour
1⁄2 cup butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons salt
3⁄4 cup sugar
1 1⁄4 cups brown sugar
5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3⁄4 cup butter
Soften yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water, with 1 teaspoon sugar added; Set aside for five minutes.
Put milk, sugar, salt, and about one cup flour in a large bowl,and beat well with a wooden spoon.
Then add eggs and yeast mixture and a couple cups of flour and beat again.
Add the soft butter and the rest of the flour,adding the rest of flour very slowly, until the dough is still too stiff to stir.
Knead the dough until it is smooth and satiny, adding only enough to keep if from sticking.
Add more of the flour, as needed.
Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease all sides.
Let rise in warm place until double, about an hour,covering bowl with a towel or plastic wrap; I use my oven with the light on and the oven itself turned on for 30 seconds; The optimum temperature is around 90 degrees.
Punch down, kneading for about 30 seconds to remove bubbles; Cover and let rise again.
Punch down dough again.
Cut with a knife into four parts, and shape into balls; Roll each ball into a 8 X 14 inch rectangle.
Spread the dough with about 3 tablespoons butter, leaving far edge unbuttered.
Spread with one fourth the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Roll up; roll tightly; Pinch edges; Cut into slices.
Place in greased pan and let rise until double in size, 45-60 minutes.
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
Frost with a powdered sugar glaze or light amount of canned vanilla frosting.