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I was nervous to bake with yeast for a long time, but in the end, I’ve found out that it's quite easy. You just have to follow a few rules: all ingredients have to be at the same temperature, you shouldn't put salt directly on the yeast and the dough should rise in a warm place without draughts. If you follow these rules, success is guaranteed. As well as a delicious homemade breakfast :-)
65 g melted butter
180 ml warm milk
1 yeast (42 g)
75 g caster sugar
450 g flour
organic orange peel
a pinch of salt
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
130 g cane sugar
65 g soft butter
1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon cardamom
Instructions for the dough:
First melt the butter and let it cool down a little.
Prepare a sourdough. Crumble the yeast and add it to the warm milk, add a spoonful of sugar and flour. Cover the sourdough and let it rise in a warm place. This will take about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the flour with the remaining sugar, orange peel and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
Add the egg, the egg yolk and the sourdough.
Stir the mixture lightly, add the melted butter and work into a dough.
If you have a stand mixer, use the dough hook and knead the dough on the lowest speed until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 5-10 minutes. If the dough is still too sticky, add a little flour and continue kneading.
If you don’t have a stand mixer, it’s more difficult, but don’t worry, you can simply use a spoon or spatula to mix all the ingredients and continue kneading the dough manually. In any case, the resulting dough should be soft and not sticky.
Return the dough back into the bowl, sprinkle it with a little flour, cover with a towel and leave in a warm place to rise until it has approximately doubled in volume. This will take one to one and a half hours.
Instructions for the filling:
Melt the butter slightly, add the sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and mix with a fork.
How to form cinnamon rolls:
Pre-heat the oven to 180 °C.
Once the dough has risen, place it on a work surface and roll out into a 3-5 mm thick rectangle.
Spread the cinnamon filling on the surface and roll up like a roll.
Cut into twelve rolls (or as desired) and place them on a baking sheet or a cake pan lined with baking paper.
Leave spaces between the rolls (about 2 cm), they will rise in the oven.
Bake for about 30 minutes.
Tip: If you like sweet pastries, you can mix some organic orange juice with sugar and use the icing to brush the baked rolls.