Living Life the Evie Way

Do You Like Cinnamon Rolls?!

Do You Like Cinnamon Rolls?!

with BACON?!

Bacon Cinnamon Rolls?

We love Bacon. Evie could eat a pound of it on her own in one sitting(which is terrible for you, we know.)

But of course we don’t allow that!!

When she heard we were gonna add bacon to the Cinnamon Rolls, she was totally on board!

I realize we have previously made Cinnamon Rolls i.e. “Sticky Buns” as Evie calls them, on the blog before.

They are just one of those things we love to do.

Albeit, with a lot of planning.

These babies take all day allowing to rise properly.

SO WORTH IT!

Mix up a batch of our favorite Cinnamon Roll recipe from none other than The Main Street Bakery in Disney World!

dough risen in bowl
Rise, Baby!

Then punch it down again after letting it double in size, probably and hour or two.

The trick I love using is, heating up the oven on the lowest setting while I’m mixing up the dough. Turn the oven off just before you’re done mixing. Allow the dough to rise in the warm oven while you wait. There is less cold air or drafts to interfere with the rising process.

dough in bowl with hand punching down dough
Punch down the Dough

Then clear off a fairly large area to roll our your dough. I’m talking at least 4 feet by 3 feet area lol

By this time, Evie had lost interest because of the enormity of the cinnamon roll area they needed to be rolled out.

Then brush on your butter. I think at this point, I had only melted one stick of butter rather than two. This is what I get when I don’t pay attention!

So my cinnamon rolls did not turn out as gooey as I had hoped.

Sprinkle evenly the cinnamon/brown sugar mix on top of the buttered dough.

THEN.

Top with about a cup and a half of freshly cooked, chopped bacon pieces.

And roll that baby up as tight as you can get it!

Slice them into 1.5-2 inch rolls. I also made the mistake of making them only 1 inch. Way too small for me!

Allow them to rise once more in their freshly buttered pans and then pop them into the oven!

I had also experimented with a different filling I had used to make my Kolcaches. I wasn’t that much of a fan. But if I don’t try then I won’t know right!?

Rogue cinnamon roll!

The finished product. Although I don’t (AGAIN) have a pic of them frosted.

I promise, next time, because in the near future there will be a next time, I will snap a pic!

But I mean seriously, let me know if you get sick of my Cinnamon Roll posts. (THE HORROR!)

I NEED to perfect them!!

This time around, the bacon was a good addition.

However, I do think I need to remember to add more butter, a little less bacon and perhaps even more brown sugar filling.

My ratio of salt to sugar was off.

I will figure this out!!!

One thing I can tell you, Evie enjoyed them VERY much!!

CINNAMON ROLLS

(I obtained this recipe from The Disney Food Blog)

Walt Disney World’s Main Street Bakery 

Yield: 16-18 Rolls

INGREDIENTS:

Cinnamon Rolls
1/2 cup warm water
2 packages yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened (room temperature)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cinnamon Rolls
1. In small bowl, combine water, yeast, and sugar.
2. Stir until dissolved and set aside.
3. In large bowl, mix pudding according to package instructions with milk.
4. Add 1/2 cup melted butter, egg, and salt. Mix well, then add yeast mixture and blend well.
5. Gradually add flour and knead until smooth.
6. Place in a very large greased bowl.
7. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size.
8. Punch down and let rise again for second time.
9. Roll dough on a very large floured surface.
10. Dough should roll out to a long rectangle, about 34 x 21 inches in size.
11. Take the 1 cup of melted butter and use a pastry brush to spread over entire dough surface.
12. In small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
13. Sprinkle over top of buttered dough. Roll dough up like a jelly roll.
14. Measure dough every 2 inches and cut with a knife.
15. Take each roll into the palm of your hand and gently pack the roll (this keeps it from coming apart during baking).
16. Place each roll in a buttered baking pan and allow to rise in a warm place for about 20 minutes.
17. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until golden brown in color, about 15-20 minutes.
18. Frost rolls while still warm.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1. In mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
2. Spread on the very warm rolls.