Monday, January 30, 2012

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

While in Brazil,  I took every opportunity given to learn from our amazing host Sarah - She is quite a phenomenal cook. In a village where American foods are rare, Sarah has seemed to find a recipe for most of the things her grocery store is lacking. And, I must admit, now that we are home, there are foods from the Amazon that I am missing. Luckily, Sarah passed on some great recipes that I CAN try in the States.

Our second day at their house was also Jeremiah's birthday. Sarah heard that he had a love of Cinnamon rolls. She whipped out a handy recipe to make them from scratch. Naturally, I decided to document every step she took. I have purchased yeast for the first time and hope to give this recipe a try State-side.

Sarah received this recipe from another missionary wife. You will hear more about Kim and her husband Al in my most describing our return trip. (If you missed the post on how we arrived in Brazil, you can read that here.)

2 cups warm water
2 tbsp yeast
2 tbsp sugar

Let these three ingredients stand for 10 minutes. Even the boys gathered to watch the yeast begin to bubble.

1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil
1 egg
6 to 7 cups of flour

In a separate bowl, mix 2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar for the filling.

We divided the dough into 2 even balls. I rolled one out and Sarah did the other. Evelyn got a little pinch of dough for herself.

After rolling the dough into a rectangular shape, spread butter all over the dough.

Then, sprinkle half of the filling mixture onto the butter.

Starting with your most uneven edge, roll the dough into a long log. I love how hard Evelyn worked to follow each step.

Pinch together the seam.

And cut into 1/2 to 1 inch rolls

Place into greased pans and let the dough rise. This recipe should yield 30 rolls.

Due to the insanely high humidity levels, the rolls were ready to bake after just an hour or so of rising. In the states, this will, of course, take a bit longer.

I've heard that boiling water next to your pan of dough can help the process along.

We baked them in a 350 degree oven until golden brown. We froze half the batch and enjoyed the other half for Jeremiah's birthday breakfast.

Be sure to drizzle the yummy rolls with icing! That's the best part.


  1. I literally drooled all over my computer screen! Ok...maybe not "literally" but cinnamon roll sounds! Maybe I will make some this weekend!

  2. I just recently had a friend over that had been dying to make cinnamon rolls and she doesn't have a stand mixer... I didn't think it was possible to make them without one... Boy was I wrong! I am impressed at using two wooden spoons to mix!

    1. We did quite a bit of hand mixing, but it wasn't difficult at all! I don't have a stand mixer either. I am excited to see how this recipe works in the states. How long do yours usually take to rise?

  3. I want to see a picture of yours once they are made!