I did a slight modification to this recipe. I am accustom to making breads, but hardly ever venture into baking sweet breads. I typically make my breads with sourdough starter and since I had this handy, I decided to incorporate it into this recipe. I like the flavor profile the sourdough culture adds to my breads. I added 1 cup of sourdough starter and subtracted 1 cup of flour, and then added flour back in the kneading process to get the right dough consistency. The proofing time had to be extended as well, but I am also accustom in my normal baking.
1 (2¼ tsp or ¼ ounce or 7 g) package active dry yeast
1 cup (250 mL) warm milk
½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
⅓ cup (75 g) margarine (I used softened butter)
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
4 cups (500 g) all purpose flour
1 cup (200 g) packed brown sugar
3 tbsp (45 mL) cinnamon
⅓ cup (75 g) margarine, softened
Cream cheese icing
6 tbsp (113 g) margarine (I used butter)
1½ cups (187 g) powdered sugar
¼ cup (55 g) cream cheese
½ tsp (3 mL) vanilla extract
⅛ tsp salt
For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
Add sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour to the bowl of a mixer and mix well.
Pour the milk/yeast mixture in the bowl and using the dough hook, mix well until well incorporated.
Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 16 inches long by 12 inches wide. It should be approx ¼ inch thick.
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
To make filling, combine the butter or margarine, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
Spread the mixture evenly over the surface of the dough. Alternatively you can spread the butter first on the dough and then the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge. The roll should be about 18 inches in length. Cut the roll into 1½ inch slices. You might find it easier if you use a piece of floss vs a knife.
Place the cut rolls in the prepared pan. Cover them with a damp towel. Let them rise again for another 30 minutes until they double in size.
Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cooking time can vary greatly!
While the rolls are baking make the icing by mixing all ingredients and beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.
When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.