Halloween is just a round the corner, so why not celebrate with a bakery classic – the cinnamon roll. I have made this version a little differently so they reflect the halloween theme a little better – with an orange coloured cinnamon roll topped with green cream cheese icing.
I won’t lie, I love a cinnamon roll – they’re probably my favourite baked good to eat and make.
Although these aren’t too festive for halloween, they’ll add a little something to your celebration, I promise you that much.
Anyway, lets get started, shall we?
600g strong white bread flour.
1 tsp salt.
15g granulated sugar.
7-10g dried yeast.
90ml flavourless oil.
385ml water/milk (warmed slightly).
Orange food colouring paste.
175g butter, room temperature.
175g light brown sugar.
ground cinnamon (as much or as little as you’d like).
Cream cheese icing:
85g soft cheese, at room temperature.
60g butter, at room temperature.
200g icing sugar.
1 tsp vanilla extract.
Red food colouring.
Before you get into any baking, you’ll want to do some prep work first. Take the time to weigh up all the ingredients, lightly oil a bowl and get any equipment ready. When the time comes, preheat your oven to 180˚c/350˚f.
To start on the bread dough, place the bread flour and salt into a bowl and give it a good mix to incorporate the two together.
Then place the remaining ingredients into the bowl, then mix them all together on a low speed for 2 minutes, followed by a further 4-6 minutes on a medium-high speed until a dough has formed. The dough should be soft, if it’s sticky, add a little flour.
Knead the dough until the dough is smooth and elasticated. This takes around 5-7 minutes, depending on how well mixed it was in the first place. You can then process the dough straight away by placing into a lightly oiled bowl, covering with clingfilm and leaving somewhere warm until it has doubled in size, usually about an hour or so would be idea for this recipe.
You’re looking for the dough to be around 30cm x 20cm, it should be rectangular, so roll out your dough using a rolling pie to achieved desired results.
Spread the room temperature butter all over the top of the dough, getting as even layer as possible. You can then go ahead sprinkle over the light brown sugar, again ensuring even coverage all over and to finish the filling, sprinkle over ground cinnamon (use as much or as little as you’d like – I used a lot as I really like cinnamon).
I’m making 8 larger cinnamon rolls, rather than my usual smaller version. I take my dough and cut it into 8 equal parts (trimming away any messy edges from the outer edge), roll them up into 8 rolls (you can do it any other way that works for you also, the is the way I like and prefer, personally).
Place the rolls into a lined 9×13 inch baking pan and cover with clingfilm, leave somewhere warm and allow them to prove until they have risen well, they should be batched together by the end of the time. How long this will take will vary on how warm it is – try not to exceed 30-35˚c.
Once you see the rolls have just about proved to the right amount, preheat your oven to 180˚c/350˚c.
ake in your preheated oven at 180˚c/350˚f for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
While your cinnamon rolls are baking in the oven, it’s the perfect time to make the cream cheese icing which will top the rolls.
Into your mixing bowl of choice, place the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract. Beat together on a medium-high speed until all of the ingredients have become fully combined and there mixture is smooth and well combined – if you’re making the glaze green like I did, add enough green colouring to achieve your desired colour.
Set the cream cheese icing aside until its needed later.
Now that the cinnamon buns are baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool down, almost fully before you finish them off.
Now you can start to add the cream cheese icing on to the buns, adding as much or as little as you’d like, its really up to you and your preference.
These are a little different but honestly, they taste so good – you’ll be missing out if you didn’t make them.
That’s all for today guys, I hope you enjoyed. If you did, don’t forget to share this recipe with your family and friends and enjoy it. I’ll be back soon with another blog post and YouTube video, so join me then. In the meanwhile, don’t forget to check out my other social’s – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. The YouTube tutorial will be linked down below.