Thursday, December 17, 2009

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls
makes 6

pizza dough (enough for a 12 to 16 inch pizza)
about 1/4 cup dairy free butter (softened) *I use Earth Balance and remember softened does not mean melted; you want it to be malleable but not liquid.
1/2 to 3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 to 2 cups powdered sugar

Roll out pizza dough to make a rectangle. Smear the butter over the dough and then sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and cinnamon making sure to leave about an inch of dough on one of the long sides. Starting the the long side that has sugar on it, roll the dough up. Slice the dough to make your rolls and place them cut side up in a 8 x 8 dish sprayed with cooking spray. Place in a cold oven* and then turn the oven on 375 degrees. Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven. Next mix a tablespoon of water at a time into the powdered sugar to make a glaze. Pour the glaze over the rolls while they are still warm.

*Putting these in a cold oven gives them a little proofing time while the oven preheats. It cuts down on time and they puff up very nicely!
This recipe is from The Non-Dairy Queen food blog.

My personal execution was a little different than the directions called for. Because my dough (leftover from pizza with the Tirens on Sunday afternoon) was a little smaller than called for I wound up putting my cut rolls into a mini cupcake pan to bake. They were a little overcooked and probably could have only been baked for 15-20 minutes. (Our oven takes a while to preheat but once it's hot it's hot!) I also opted to make these the night before and hide them away in the fridge. I set my alarm and woke up before Dre to put these in the oven so that he was sent off to work on a Monday with a yummy treat. After all, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
These were simple, non-dairy, and delicious to both Dre and I. Win-win!

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