Strawberries and Cream Cinnamon Rolls

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This past weekend, my roommate and I decided to be particularly …err…relaxed. We started off the weekend with espresso at 10pm and a game night with friends (which, by the way, included some of the most memorable Taboo quotes I’ve ever heard…though I don’t think I’d be allowed to share them here). We stocked up on sugar and Asian goods from the local Asian market, and proceeded to binge watch anime while we ate some homemade ramen. We ate way too much chocolate and also watched 10 Things I Hate About You (if you haven’t seen this movie – please, do yourself a favor and go rent it on Amazon or something). We played Mario Party. We vegged. Oh yeah, and somewhere in there, we devoured some Strawberries and Cream Cinnamon Rolls.

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Little known fact: strawberries and cinnamon are actually delicious together. If you don’t believe me, you can also check out this Guava Strawberry Pie post. I won’t lie – at first, I thought I preferred my original recipe cinnamon rolls. But, after consuming 2 *cough* maybe three of these, I realized how very wrong I was. When Sunday came, I had to scramble to get rid of these puppies as fast as I could, for fear that I would eat the entire batch by myself. The strawberries and cream glaze would probably work just as well on biscuits, pancakes, whatever carb-laden delicious breakfast food you desire. Try not to eat it all off the spoon, though, if you can.

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Let me do my duty as a nice person right now. If you’re trying to be “good” or on a diet – this probably isn’t the post for you. Really, you probably should just stop reading right now. There’ll be another Wellness Wednesday recipe up soon – you can catch back up with me then. If, however, you are craving something different, something extravagant, then just keep on scrolling. And maybe plan a jog for later.

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Recipe follows after the jump –>

Strawberries and Cream Cinnamon Rolls
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Serves: 12
 
This recipe takes deliciously old-fashioned cinnamon rolls and combines them with a fruity glaze for a new take on an old classic. If you're not feeling the rolls, by all means pour this glaze all over anything. You won't regret it - promise.
Ingredients
For the cinnamon roll dough:
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • 2¼ tsp (or a ¼ oz packet) active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3¾ cups (480g) + ¼ cup for flouring surface, divided
For the cinnamon roll filling:
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened, for filling
  • ⅙ cup butter, melted, for greasing pan
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup sugar
For the strawberries and cream glaze:
  • 2 cups diced fresh strawberries (about 1 box)
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar
Instructions
For the cinnamon roll dough:
  1. To scald the milk: In a small or medium heavy saucepan, heat your milk over medium low. As soon as the milk begins to steam and form foam/bubbles around the edge, remove from heat and let it cool.
  2. Meanwhile, combine your warm water and yeast in a medium bowl.
  3. Add the milk, sugar, melted butter, and egg to a medium bowl. Whisk together until combined.
  4. Add 2 cups of flour and stir to combine.
  5. Add the yeast mixture to the dough and stir until combined.
  6. Add from the remaining flour and stir to combine.
  7. Lightly flour a clean surface, and turn the dough out onto it.
  8. Knead the dough for about 6 minutes. If it becomes too sticky in the process and begins to stick to the surface, add more flour to the surface.
  9. Grease a bowl, and roll the dough along the inside of it to grease the dough's surface. Cover and move to a warm area.
  10. Let the dough rise until doubled (about 1 hour if it's somewhere warm - up to 1.5 hours if at normal room temperature).
  11. Punch the dough down.
  12. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 15"x9" inch rectangle.
For the cinnamon roll filling:
  1. Brush the softened butter over the rectangle of dough.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the dough, leaving a ½" clean border on each side.
  3. Starting from the long edge, roll the dough into a long cylinder. Pinch the seam along the cylinder to seal the dough.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut the cylinder into 12 slices.
  5. Using the remaining melted butter, grease the inside of a 13"x9" pan.
  6. Place the slices in the pan. Cover, and let them rise until doubled (30 - 45 minutes).
  7. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
For the strawberries and cream glaze:
  1. In a small heavy saucepan, heat the diced strawberries over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes.
  2. Add in the cream, and continue cooking and stirring for three more minutes.
  3. Gradually, over the course of the next ten minutes, add in the confectioner's sugar ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove the glaze from heat and continue stirring for 30 more seconds.

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