How to Form and Bake Cinnamon Rolls
Nothing's better than waking up to the scent of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls.These simple roll-forming techniques work for anything from apple and walnut rolls to classic pecan sticky buns.
Prepare the yeast dough. Once the dough has risen once, turn it out onto a lightly flouredsurface. Flatten the dough with the palms of your hands and gently stretch and/or roll it into arectangle.
Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a larger rectangle, approximately 12 inches wide by20 inches long. The dough might be sticky, so flour the work surface and the rolling pin, checking tobe sure the dough isn't stuck to the work surface and adding more flour as necessary.
Spread the softened butter over the surface of the dough, leaving a 1-inch strip along the longedge of the rectangle furthest away from you completely dry. (Other recipes call for egg washinstead of butter; if you're using egg wash, brush the entire surface.)
Generously sprinkle cinnamon-sugar over the butter, spreading the mixture evenly across thewhole sheet of dough. Other spices, such as nutmeg and cardamom, also work well. Adding a pinchof ground cloves to the cinnamon-sugar mixture enhances the cinnamon flavor. Leave the 1-inchborder free of sugar.
Add any other fillings desired--raisins, nuts, shredded coconut, orange zest--taking care todistribute them evenly.