Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Without my intentions, these cinnamon rolls have become a breakfast tradition with my family for holiday visits. They are very easy to make, can be prepared the night before and leave everyone full and happy. If you've never had a real fresh baked cinnamon roll before, then this recipe is a must try!

This recipe hails from the wonderful Alton Brown over at Food Network, I hope he doesn't mind me praising it here!

Ingredients; Dough
4 egg yolks
1 whole egg
1/4 cup sugar
3oz butter, melted
6oz buttermilk
4 cups white flour
1 tbsp instant dry yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt

Whisk egg yolks, egg, melted butter, yeast, salt, sugar and buttermilk until well incorporated. With a wooden spoon, in stages, mix in all the flour and stir until you have a ball and the sides are relatively clean. Remove the dough and begin to knead on a floured surface. Once the dough is taught, springy and only very slightly sticky place it in an oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap and in a warm place, and let it double in size.

Ingredients; Filling
1 cu brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3/4 oz butter, melted

Combine the dry ingredients and whisk until well combined. Set aside. Remove the dough to a floured surface, gently punch down (don't actually punch it!) and roll it out to a near rectangular shape with dimensions of about 18" x 11" like the picture below.

Paint the dough on all but the top long edge with the butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll the dough, starting on the buttered long side, away from you in a firm manner without squishing the dough. Cut the dough log into 1.5" pieces and place on a buttered baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit overnight in the refrigerator.

Ingredients; Icing
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 tbsp milk
1 cu powdered sugar

Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and allow to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour. Bake at 350 F for about 30 minutes or until a hard crust forms and the sugar starts to caramelize. The inside should still be moist and fluffy.

Whisk the icing ingredients together until the icing takes shape with as few lumps as possible. After the rolls have cooled for about 5 minutes, ice them up! Get fancy or just dump it on like I did.

Serve warm! They can be reheated, even in the micro, but there is nothing quite like a fresh baked cinnamon roll! Make sure to share them with your loved ones, they'll appreciate it, I promise you.