Cinnamon Rolls from scratch

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Cinnamon Rolls from scratch
Recipe & Photos: Rick Beach

Sweet Dough Recipe (Makes 24 or a Double batch) You can bake all or Refrigerate or Freeze half this batch)

You can cut this recipe in half by changing the "Serving" Box quantity to 12. That will auto adjust the ingredients. For this Double batch you need (2) 11x15 baking pans or (2) 12 inch Dutch Ovens
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Rolls
Ingredients
DOUGH INGREDIENTS
BRUSH THE TOPS OF THE BAKED ROLLS
ICING INGREDIENTS
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Rolls
Ingredients
DOUGH INGREDIENTS
BRUSH THE TOPS OF THE BAKED ROLLS
ICING INGREDIENTS
Instructions
  1. Making the Dough
  2. Bring egg to room temperature by placing it in a bowl of warm water while getting ingredients together.
  3. Never mix your salt & yeast together in the liquids. Doing so will usually kill your yeast.
  4. In its own large bowl whisk together 4 of the 4 1/2 Cups of Flour and the salt. Set this Flour and salt mix aside. (Reserve the 1/2 cup of plain flour)
  5. In a second bowl add the Warm Milk. The non-technical way of checking the temperature is to test on your wrist. Make it baby bottle warm. If you are the type that needs to use a thermometer the temperature should be on the yeast container, or you can find it on line. Many places state 110-115°F. Whisk Warm Milk, Agave, and Yeast together. Allow that is sit about 10-15 minutes to let the yeast "bloom".
  6. Next crack the room temperature warmed raw egg into a third bowl and whisk well. Once well whisked, slowly pour the whisked egg into the Milk, Agave, Yeast mixture while whisking it in.
  7. Lastly whisk the melted butter into the Milk mixture.
  8. In a large bowl mix half the flour salt mix with the entire warmed milk yeast mixture. At this point you can use an electric mixer to help the dough along. This will be thin enough since only half the flour mixture is being blended in this step. You can also use the old fashion way of mixing it in the bowl by hand. A Kitchenaid with a dough hook is even better.
  9. Or a Bread machine with the "Dough only option" could be used.
  10. Using a bread machine you could set it to "Dough" and "Quick Bread" (since we are using rapid rise yeast) and dump all the Flour/Salt mix, and the mixed liquids together, turn the machine on, and walk away. Most machines that have a program cycle for quick dough will produce the dough in about 45 minutes. Complete with the first "raise". Ready to roll out and add the filling. Then raise the 2nd time.
  11. For those using a more traditional methods read on.
  12. Once the really thin mixture (Half the flour salt and all the liquids) have been mixed, slowly start adding the remaining flour/salt mix Toward the end, use that reserves ½ cup of the flour and adjust dough to proper consistency.
  13. Kneading the Dough
  14. Turn out on a floured board and knead and fold until proper dough consistency. Not sticky. And not dry and stiff. But stretchy and beginning to show signs of air bubbles. Some describe it as soft as a baby's bare bottom. The dough in this stage needs to be very well kneaded. It takes some time and work if doing it by hand.
  15. First "Rise"
  16. Coat the well kneaded dough lightly with oil or butter (Pam or spray cooking oil is easiest), place in large warm raising bowl (a warmed heavy/thick glass or ceramic bowl works best). Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap. Keep in a warm place for about 45 minutes. Dough should double. Punch down.
  17. Adding the Sugar & Cinnamon Filling
  18. Cut dough in half and work one half of the dough at a time to make rolls. On a floured board roll out dough, or work it by hand to about ¼ - ½ inch thick, in a rectangle about 16X20 inches. Spread with half the soft butter. Sprinkle with half the dough filling sugar mixture. Spread half the Raisins (optional) over the butter/sugar layer. Roll the dough up long ways so you have a log 20 inches long. Pinch the seam the length of the log. Slice across the log to make 12 equally wide rolls. Place the rolls in a warmed greased 11x15 baking dish. Or a greased warmed 12 inch Dutch Oven. Remember this is a double batch so you will need two baking dishes or two Dutch Ovens. Spray the tops lightly with Pam or other spray cooking oil. Repeat for the second half of the dough.
  19. Second "Rise"Cover and keep in warm area for about 45-60 minutes or until doubled.
  20. Preheat oven to 350° and Bake for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden brown on the top. Properly baked they are soft but not under cooked and doughy. With a Dutch Oven and coals for 350° start checking them at 15 minutes, and then every 5 minutes until done. When removed from the oven brush the tops with melted butter.
  21. Mix all icing ingredients using a hand mixer about the time the rolls come out of the oven. Add additional powdered sugar to get your desired consistency. I like little peaks that keep their shape. Spread icing on slightly warm rolls. If it is too thick add 1/4 teaspoon of milk and completely remix and recheck. Keep at room temperature to ice the rolls.

    Let rolls cool slightly on a wire rack. While still warm spread half the mixture over each half batch of rolls.
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RECIPE:SCALLOPED POTATOES & HAM (Tweaked version)

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RECIPE:SCALLOPED POTATOES & HAM (Tweaked version)
Recipe: Rick Beach
Instructions
  1. Saute the Celery in the Olive oil, then add the onion and garlic. Saute until translucent.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the sauteed items and all the other ingredients except the Potatoes and Ham.
  3. Pour a small amount (About 3/4cup) of the whisked ingredients in the bottom of a greased/well oiled Dutch Oven.
  4. Next Layer that with ham. Then Pour another amount (about 3/4 cup) of the whisked ingredients on the Ham.
  5. Next Layer that with Potato Slices. Then Pour another amount (about 3/4 cup) of the whisked ingredients on the Ham.
  6. Next Layer that with ham. Then Pour another amount (about 3/4 cup) the of whisked ingredients on the Ham.
  7. Next Layer that with Potato Slices. Then Pour the remainder of the whisked ingredients on the Ham.
  8. Cover the Dutch Oven with its lid. Use hot charcoal for 350 Degrees, more top heat than bottom. Bake about 1- 1 1/2 hours until potatoes are tender.
  9. Note: Follow the same directions and heat for baking in your home oven.
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WHITE BREAD (Agave Coconut) Tastes like Old Fashion White Bread

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WHITE BREAD (Agave Coconut) Tastes like Old Fashion White Bread

The taste of this bread is that of old fashioned white bread. There is no coconut taste in the finished bread. Organic Blue Agave is used since it is a low Glycemic organic sweetener.

I often bake this in a Dutch Oven. Free form loaves could be used. Or small loaf pans. Use a large, tall, Dutch Oven and coals for 375°. I prefer to use one standard bread loaf pan. I place a wire rack in the Dutch Oven to elevate the loaf pan slightly.

This recipe assumes you know the basics of raised bread dough techniques.

Prep Time 1 1/2 Hours
Cook Time 30 Minutes

Servings
Loaf


Ingredients

Prep Time 1 1/2 Hours
Cook Time 30 Minutes

Servings
Loaf


Ingredients


Instructions
  1. SET BREAD MACHINE to “Quick”, “Dough” Start so pre-heat is going. PLACE Flour in bread machine. Make a little depression in the flour and add the salt in the depression. Cover the salt with some of the flour.

  2. COMBINE in a separate bowl the Warm Coconut Milk, warm Agave, and yeast. Whisk and allow to "grow" 5 to 15 minutes.

  3. Crack egg into a clean bowl and whisk until uniform. Whisk the egg into the milk and yeast mixture, Then whisk in the melted butter.

  4. POUR combined liquid mixture into bread machine with the flour and covered salt. Let the bread machine starting running through Quick, Dough, cycle (Mix & First Rise 45 Minutes) This is normally a manual override setting on most bread machines. Monitor the initial mixing stage until the dough just begins to clump together and form a ball. Adjust flour mixture to correction consistency. If liquid is required add small amounts of warm water a little at a time.

  5. PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees F. Grease Bread Pans. The warmed stove top will become your warm place 45 minutes later to raise your dough the second time. The bread machine will provide the raise the first time. ( If you are using a mixer/dough hook or hand method to create your dough, both raises will occur on the stove top or other warm place)

  6. TURN DOUGH OUT (dough that has raised one time) on floured surface and roll out into a 12X8 inch rectangle. Roll as a jelly roll 8 inches wide. Pinch seam, tuck ends under and pinch seams, coat with light coat of oil, and place in greased bread pan, seam side down.

  7. COVER Dough AND let RAISE, on warm stove 30-45 minutes. This is your second rise.

  8. BAKE at 375 for 25-30 minutes (Until golden Brown and sounds somewhat hollow when tapped.

  9. Remove from pan and rub all surfaces with butter for a softer crust. Cover with towel until cooled


Recipe Notes

Liquids should be warm not hot. Rather than getting all technical and breaking out the thermometers. Test on inside of wrist as you would baby bottle milk. Proper temperature aids in the dough rising quickly. Overly hot will kill the yeast. Cold temperatures, and the yeast will not rise. On both Raise cycles the dough should double in volume. Your flour and other ingredients should all be at least room temperature. Make sure to oil the dough, and oil your rising bowl, or container. Cover and raise dough in a warm draft free location.

We use a bread machine to speed mixing the dough and the first rise. The benefit of a bread machine is consistent results. When baking multiple loaves you can keep producing a ready batch every 45 minutes, ready for the second rise in your bread pan.

This dough can be made using any traditional method including the old fashioned by hand method, or a mixer with a dough hook. By hand, the more you knead, the better the bread. Many people that get poor results when baking bread fail at the temperature, and or not enough kneading. Other yeast killers are combining your yeast and salt in the liquids. The salt will kill the yeast. Mix your yeast with warm liquids and allow it to "grow". Combined ingredients as recipe indicates. With any tried and tested recipe you might be following pay particular attention to how and when the salt is added.

Just prior to placing in bowl or bread pan to raise, lightly coat all surfaces of the dough with olive or or vegetable oil.  Loosely cover it with a light cloth towel and place in a warm place.

Rising works best in a warm moist environment. I use (2) stainless steamer trays. The 6 inch deep, half size steamer tray 10x12 inch.

Or full size if doing English muffins or multiple loaves. In the bottom tray, add a 1/2 inch of very hot tap water. A wire rack placed in that hot water (Rack should be slightly above the water level). Then place the bread pan with the oiled dough in it, on top of the rack. The second stainless tray placed inverted as a domed cover. This is placed on the top of the warm stove with the oven preheating. This warm, moist environment raises your dough quickly, usually in 30 minutes so. Standard size loaves have plenty of room to raise.

Full size steamer tray shown with English Muffins being raised.
Top inverted tray is removed to photograph the bottom.

There is a wire rack under the muffins (English Muffin Photo) that is foiled covered for this English muffin technique.

Trays and properly sized racks are available at restaurant supply places

Other options are foil type trays, Dutch Oven with a trivet inside, then set in the sun, etc. I have also used an ice chest with hot water and pans to lift the loaf pans above the water...no ice 🙂 Anything you have around the house that can trap the warmth and moisture. Also before starting the "raise" process, remember to coat the dough with vegetable oil or olive oil. Spray Pam works great and is easy to apply with no waste.

After removing the baked bread from the oven, and still hot, rub all surfaces with butter for a soft crust.

Note: Dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. See the link below for more details.

No...this bread does not taste like coconut.


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