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cream cheese laced cinnamon rolls

My trusted assistant and I decided we needed more cinnamon in our lives.  Or maybe I am the trusted assistant?  I had come across a cinnamon roll recipe from Always with Butter  that looked interesting to me.  I decided to give it a try, with my normal adjustments and help.  Small Mister is loving helping lately and even needs his own apron.

These cinnamon rolls are well worth the effort by the way.  It may just be the cream cheese frosting and cinnamon but they are nice and light and full of flavor.

cream cheese laced cinnamon rolls

Note:  adapated from Always with Butter

sourdough starter

1 cup flour 

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup sugar

4 eggs

1 tablespoon salt

7 tablespoons butter

5 plus cups flour

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1/4 cup powdered sugar

The night before, mix the starter, 1 cup flour and 3/4 cup water together in a large bowl.  Cover and let become bubbly. The next day, remove a couple tablespoons of starter and put in the refrigerator for next time.

To the starter add the milk, sugar, eggs, salt, and 3 tablespoons butter.  Mix well.  Add 5 cups flour.  Mix slowly.  The dough will be very soft and that is what you wish.  When most of the flour is incorporated, turn out onto a floured counter and knead until smooth.  You wish to add as little flour as possible.  Put back into a clean bowl. Cover and let rise until double, about 2 hours.  This is a rich dough so it may take longer.

When the dough has risen, turn out onto a floured surface.  Pat or roll until it is about 10 inches by 10 inches.  I guess.  Spread 4 ounces of cream cheese across the dough.  Fold into thirds with the edges in the center.  Fold the edges in.  Roll the dough out to 16 inches by 20 inches.

Spread 2 tablespoons of butter across the dough.  Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon in a bowl.  Sprinkle across the buttered dough.  Roll the dough into a cylinder, starting with the 20 inch side.  Cut into eight pieces and place into a greased baking pan.  The pan I used was 9 inches by 13 inches (my lasagne pan).  Cover and let rise until double.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Uncover the rolls and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden.  

While the rolls are baking, mix the frosting.  Mix 4 ounces cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, and the powdered sugar together.  When the rolls have come out of the oven and are cool enough not to burn your mouth, put one on a plate and put a dollop of icing on top.

I made these large because I followed the recipe.  You could definitely make them smaller but....  

My Beloved ate two on in sitting.  The man who has been avoiding grains.  What does that tell you?

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