Everyone loves homemade cinnamon rolls. While the kind that pop out of the can are tasty, nothing can beat made-from-scratch, hand-rolled, fresh from the oven homemade cinnamon rolls. These are particularly special because I made them from a simple French bread recipe, so the dough isn’t sweet and cuts through the sweetness of cinnamon sugar filling and frosting just right.
All four members of my household were sick this weekend, so all of our plans went down the drain. So what did we do after the boredom set in? Bake, of course. We baked holiday cookies, loaves of fresh bread, and of course these rolls.
How to make homemade cinnamon rolls
Really making these is super easy — you roll out your favorite bread recipe to about 1/4 inch and spread your filling on it, roll it up, cut into 1 inch pieces, and bake. I did tweak my bread recipe a bit… I used a simple French bread recipe but doubled the sugar from 2 tablespoons to 4 tablespoons and added 2 tablespoons of cinnamon before I let it rise the first time. After letting the dough rise about an hour, I divided it into two pieces and rolled each out to assemble the cinnamon rolls. I placed them in a pan with a good lip (a roasting pan or heavy duty baking sheet will work) on a greased parchment sheet and let them rise for about another hour before putting them in the oven at 375 Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
I am a mom of two and wife to a martial arts school owner, full-time social media professional and avid cook and gardener. I love creating recipes and involving my kids in the process. The food we cook is usually dairy-free and gluten-free, and sometimes paleo, but we make exceptions (ahem, sourdough bread). The “hippie” part of this blog comes into play in the ingredients we use—I’m pretty vigilant about the health of my family and you could even call me “crunchy.” The “modern” part is that I am busy! You won’t catch me making my own nut milk or churning butter (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’m more than happy to take the shortcuts provided by our lovely grocery stores and online shopping —especially in the midst of this global pandemic.