I really enjoy baking and for me, nothing comes quite close to the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven. And if that aroma is enriched with the flavours of cardamom and cinnamon, then almost nothing can beat that!
As someone who used to bake bread if not twice but at least once a week and regularly post about it, I haven’t baked bread in some time as you might have noticed. I haven’t even participated in Bread Baking Day, one of my favourite events, in ages and almost missed the annual World Bread Day (WBD) this year!
I was reminded about this year’s WBD just 5 days back and decided I would use it as an excuse to clear the cobwebs, dust my bread tins and get back to baking bread more frequently. I usually use such food blogging events to try out new and unusual (to me) breads, but this time I thought I would make something that I have wanted to make for a long time – Cinnamon Rolls!
Cinnamon rolls are very easy to make and I’m sure just about everyone has a recipe for it but for some reason I’ve never made any. Since I was doing this as a sort of last minute thing (just made them this morning!), so I could meet the event deadline and also provide the family with a Sunday evening coffee/ tea time treat, I went looking for an easy recipe.
I found this recipe at The Fresh Loaf, one of my all-time favourite bread baking sites. My cinnamon rolls were just so good, I ate one straight out of the oven just about managing not to damage my tongue! They were slightly sticky, so soft, light and just beginning to form a crust. I haven’t tried any other recipe so cannot compare this one with any others, but I know I’m not going looking for another one, or going to try another recipe for Cinnamon Rolls unless it comes so highly recommended. These are that good.
I added some cardamom to my dough. The rolls are predominantly cinnamon with slight cardamom undertones, without a clash of the spices. Lightly toasting the nuts in the filling does improve the taste of the filling. My daughter dislikes walnuts and picks them out so I tend to avoid using them much. If you want an alternative for walnuts, try cashewnuts.
Oh, and I left my Cinnamon Rolls unglazed because I prefer them that way but do glaze yours if you would like them so.
These cinnamon rolls are being YeastSpotted!
Adapted from The Fresh Loaf