Giant Cinnamon Roll

Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 30 min.

12 servings

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, warmed (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

1 piece: 416 calories, 21g fat (13g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 354mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and cream until foamy. In another bowl, combine sugar and salt; add 3 cups flour, yeast mixture, egg and melted butter. Stir until moistened. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 3-4 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 15×12-in. rectangle. Spread softened butter over dough. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 2-in. wide strips. Roll up one strip and place in the center of a greased 9-in. deep dish pie plate; wrap remaining strips around center to form one giant roll. Cover with greased plastic wrap; let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Bake until golden brown, 30-40 minutes. If dough starts browning too quickly, cover lightly with foil. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. To prepare topping, combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat until it turns light amber. Add butter, stirring vigorously. Remove from heat; add cream while continuing to stir vigorously. Cool slightly. Pour 3/4 cup sauce over warm roll; sprinkle with salt. Serve with remaining sauce. Yield: 12 servings.

Originally published as Giant Cinnamon Roll in Taste of Home November 2016, p47

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