Iron Skillet Cinnamon Rolls

February 21, 2014

Happy Friday Internet friends!  How has your week been?  Mine has been pretty good. The weather finally hit above freezing.  This was very nice, however, when you have 6 feet of snow sitting in your un-paved stone driveway, it makes for a bit of a mess.  But, it was great to not be frozen solid  as soon as you walked out of the house.  My kids asked if they still needed to wear their coats outside.  I needed to remind them that 40 degrees is indeed still pretty chilly.  Of course, when your body is used to zero, 40 degrees feels like you've moved to a tropical island. It took a little convincing, but, on went the coats.  It's tough though,  people are breaking out their shorts around town..seriously.   We will be back to about 20 this weekend, so, the desire to go coat-less will be short lived for them (hopefully!).

This week did bring the challenge of getting our second car started.  When the wind chill hit 20 below, the car was put out of commission.  Mr Plain waited until we got a break in the weather and put a nice, new battery in it and woohoo!..we were in business.  Except for the fact it was stuck in mushy, wet snow and a bit of ice that hadn't melted yet.  To help out Mr Plain, I worked tirelessly to get the car unstuck.  Two hours later, it was released.  Released and then, it slid into a 3 foot tall gigantic snow pile.  We were stuck again.
There sat, a giant 8 passenger Suburban blocking the path to the back porch.  It wasn't pretty.

When the kids arrived home from school, my oldest son (age 8) volunteered to help me dig the monster out of the snow.  He worked tirelessly with me. We dug and dug and dug and dug.  We then poured some de-icing salt by the tires and left to go get Mr Plain from work.  Thankfully, whatever we did..worked.  Upon returning, I started it up and gave it a little gas.  We were free!

I was so very proud of my son.  He worked pretty darn tough for just an 8 year old.  This deserved a treat.
Enter these cinnamon rolls:


Cinnamon rolls are by far, the most favorite thing of his to dine on.  If able, they would be his entire diet.
These were baked up in my brand new iron skillet.  Actually, they are the first thing it's been used for (figures, a sweet, right?) and were a huge hit.  They are quite a few steps in the recipe, but, they are not complicated to make and taste amazing.

 A delicious, very worthy treat for my snow digging partner...


Iron Skillet Cinnamon Rolls

by Table for Seven

Prep Time: 01:30

Cook Time: 00:30

Ingredients (12 rolls)

    FOR DOUGH
    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 TBSP yeast
    • 3 TBSP sugar
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 TBSP butter, softened
    • 2 TBSP canola oil
    FOR CARAMEL SAUCE
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
    FOR FILLING
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted
    FOR ICING
    • 2 TBSP butter, melted
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 TBSP milk

    Instructions

    FOR DOUGH

    In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Set aside.

    On low heat, heat oil, butter and water until warm (approx 120 degrees).

    Pour butter mixture into flour mixture.

    Beat for 2 minutes, then, add another 1/2 cup flour. Beat for another 2 minutes, then, add remaining flour.

    Knead dough on floured surface until smooth. (about 5 minutes)

    Place dough in bowl and cover. Leave it rest for 10 minutes

    FOR CARAMEL SAUCE

    Add butter, corn syrup and brown sugar into iron skillet. Warm over low heat until butter is melted. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.

    After dough has rested, roll out into approx 12 x 5 square.

    FOR FILLING

    Brush dough with melted butter, then, sprinkle brown sugar, sugar and ground cinnamon evenly on melted butter.

    Roll dough into a log, pinching the ends to seal and cut into 12 equal slices.

    Place rolls into iron skillet (on top of caramel syrup).

    Cover and let them rise in a warm spot for 45 minutes.

    Bake for 25-30 minutes until browned.

    Let them cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

    FOR ICING

    Combine icing ingredients until smooth. Spread on warm cinnamon rolls

    Adapted From Fleischmanns Yeast

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