Less than two weeks 'til the big day, and if you are still struggling to find something special for your loved one...look no further. As I said earlier, the easiest way to someone's heart (man or woman) is through their stomach. My parents started a Valentine's Day Breakfast tradition years before I came along, and it kind of stuck. They both worked at night, so instead of trying to take off work and fight the Valentine's Day dinner crowd, they decided it was easier to do a breakfast date. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day...and with things like french toast and cinnamon rolls - it is definitely the most delicious. So back to your Valentine's Day plans - the name of the game is Breakfast in Bed. It is scientifically proven that breakfast in bed makes people love you even more than they already did. And you get bonus points for it being homemade. So, we took our 1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls and dressed them up for the holiday. Simple, delicious, and made with just the right amount of love - you got yourself the perfect Valentine's Day present.
- 1 3/4 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons active yeast*
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 5 1/4 cups flour
* We used three packets of Fleischmann's Rapid Rise Fast Acting Instant Yeast
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1.5 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2- 6 tablespoons milk
- pink food coloring
- Heart Sprinkles - Big or Little
*this makes a lot of frosting (we really like to pile it on there) - if you don't like too much frosting on your cinnamon rolls, try cutting the recipe in half.
for the rolls:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix warm water, sugar, oil, and active yeast. Mix on low speed for 3 minutes and then turn the mixer off and let ingredients sit for 10 minutes. The yeast will activate and begin to rise and thicken.
- Add salt, eggs, and flour. Mix on a medium speed for 6 - 8 minutes (until the sides of the bowl are clean) and then let sit for 5 minutes.
- While the dough is resting, make the filling. Melt butter and set aside. Combine sugars and cinnamon and set aside.
- On a lightly oiled surface, roll dough out into a rectangle shape (about 12" high x 18" long).
- Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the melted butter on dough.
- Sprinkle filling mixture evenly over dough.
- Starting at one of the long edges, roll the dough into a tight cylinder shape.
- Cut a 8" piece of unflavored dental floss. Place the floss underneath the roll about 1 - 2 inches from the edge. Take the two ends of the floss and cross them over the top of the cylinder and pull. Discard the end piece of the roll and continue this process 12 times down the line.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place 6 rolls on a sheet. Let the rolls sit for another 8-10 minutes before putting them into the oven.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges become golden brown.
for the icing:
- In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk butter and powdered sugar on a low speed.
- Add vanilla and salt.
- Add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency (about 2 - 6 tablespoons).
- If you want to do pink frosting, add a few drops of pink food coloring to the frosting and mix until fully incorporated.
- Frost each roll generously and add sprinkles.