Now, I am no sweet tooth, I am more of a salty snacker/craver. But it was snowing here and all I could think of was that I wanted to bake something that I had never baked before. Living in the United States I had the pleasure of being introduced to Cinnabon, to me its one of those sweets that I honestly think are perfect if you are planning on indulging, now the last time I had one was probably back in 2007 and it was delicious and worth every bite. I have had bites here in there of Cinnamon buns, but not a Cinnabon. My husband is an American and a sweet tooth that loves pretty much anything sweet. So I thought that it would be nice to bake him an American dessert considering that he hasn’t had one in a while, there is not a lot of things that he misses as far as food goes because he seems to love the Italian food, but there is the occasional thing that he misses. His Mom is an excellent baker and makes all sorts of delicious desserts for him when we go to visit, she generally makes his favorite which is Cheesecake, or seven layer bars, or cookies and always has his favorite chocolate which are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. So, I thought what better way to make him happy than with a good ol’ Cinnamon bun and have a little indulgence myself considering that the last time I had a Cinnabon was 6 years ago.
It was snowing outside so I decided that whatever I had in the house would have to work. I didn’t have yeast so I would have to make them with Baking powder, and then I didn’t have cream cheese so I would have to find another way to make the frosting….Powdered Sugar it was! They turned out delicious and they were so easy. I was so proud at my first attempt ever to make these and how great they turned out that I decided to share it with you.
Please know that I do not recommend you eat these all the time, they still are fattening but it’s winter and we sometimes have to give in to our cravings all the while knowing that we’ll have one not the whole pan. Enjoy!
For the dough: 3 cups flour – 2 tbsp sugar – 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder – 1/2 tsp. baking soda – 1/2 tsp salt – 1 cup milk – 1 tbsp lemon juice – 5 tbsp butter melted.
For the filling: 3/4 cup brown sugar – 1/2 cup granulated raw sugar – 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon – 2 tbsp butter melted.
For the topping: 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar – 1 tsp vanilla – 1 1/2 tbsp milk.
Preheat the oven at 425° (220° C)
Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl and make sure it remains grainy.
In a smaller bowl mix the milk with the lemon juice and let sit.
In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and stir together. Now pour in the milk mixed with the lemon and the melted butter, stir until well combined (not too much) knead with your hands until dough becomes a ball and slice in half. On a lightly floured surface grab one 1/2 of the ball and begin to roll out into a rectangle; pour 1/2 of the filling evenly on the center avoiding the edges, roll into a sausage trim the edges and cut into 8 slices, repeat same with the other half.
Place in a non-stick pan, (if you want you can put Baking paper underneath and up the edges) or just put butter at the bottom. Once they are all in (they can touch) brush the tops with remainder 1 tbsp melted butter.
Bake for 15 minutes or until tops are golden.
Meanwhile prepare the icing whisk all ingredients together until slightly thick but a pourable consistency.
Pour evenly over the cinnamon rolls while still hot and enjoy.