Filled with sugar and spice, these cinnamon scrolls are the perfect sweet treat. Try your hand at making a batch at home.
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COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Clever storage: Store cinnamon scrolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, preferably in the coolest area in your kitchen that’s also dark and dry. To keep in the fridge, transfer to an airtight container and store for up to 3 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
The Swedish know their breads and pastries, and we have them to thank for the heaven-sent invention of sticky, spicy and sweet cinnamon scrolls. If you’ve had these delectable treats before, you already know what all the hype is about. And if you haven’t, and you love cinnamon, there’s a 99 per cent chance that you’re going to love them. After all, how often does a country dedicate a national holiday in honour of a sweet baked good? Besides having it on this national holiday, Swedish people enjoy their cinnamon scrolls over ‘fika’, which refers to a time where you get together with friends over a cup of coffee and a snack. You too can host a fika for your nearest and dearest with this recipe for cinnamon scrolls. Pillowy, yeasty and slightly sweet scrolls wrapped around a sticky cinnamon sugar filling, smeared with a buttercream icing to add another level of lushness.
Follow our suggestions for making this easy cinnamon scroll recipe:
Check that you are using yeast that is alive. To test, stir together milk, yeast and sugar in a small jug (see step 1). If it gets frothy after 5 mins, and you can smell a yeasty aroma, it is good to use.
Make sure that any ingredient you mix the yeast together with is below 57°C, or the yeast will die. If you can’t handle the dough for long with your bare hands because it’s too hot, then the yeast will not survive either.
Know how to knead the dough properly. You want to knead it until its texture changes from being rough and sticky to smooth. The dough is kneaded enough when it springs back and doesn’t leave an indent after you push it with your fingers. You would also be able to stretch a bit of the dough out with both hands without it tearing. The whole kneading process takes around 10 minutes at the most. Note: It is possible to overknead, especially if you are using a standing mixer to knead. You can tell that a dough has been overkneaded if it is tough to stretch it.
When proofing the dough (as described in step 3), try a draught-free place like a pre-warmed oven.
In this easy cinnamon scrolls recipe, the cinnamon scrolls icing recipe is for a buttercream icing, but really, you can choose many other types of toppings for your scrolls. Some delicious options include a cream cheese icing, caramel drizzle, maple pecan topping, fresh fruit and whipped cream, fruit compote, ice cream or powdered sugar. You can also serve the scrolls as they are.
This is the best cinnamon scroll recipe to make for a morning or afternoon tea, dessert or even as a breakfast treat. In a scroll-baking mood? Try your hand at these recipes for caramel-apple scrolls, cinnamon and pecan scrolls and jam doughnut scrolls.