My Christmas this year graced me with some great kitchen appliances. The most honorary was my KitchenAid Pasta Roller. Hallelujah where has this item been all my life? Let's not pretend that I'm frequently making homemade pasta but, I would definitely do it more if I didn't have to slave away cranking that pasta roller. I used to literally break a sweat while using that machine and my mom cringed every time I screwed that metal device on to the edge of my countertop. But now things have changed. You better bet that I will be cranking (without having to physically crank) out more homemade pasta this year. If any of you pasta lovers are contemplating this attachment, please buy it. You will be amazed. Most unique present shoutout goes to my Dad, who bought me a fermentor. Pretty sure its a glorified glass jar however, I'm anxiously watching the pile of sauerkraut that sits inside that jar, waiting for it to turn into sauerkraut. I have hope! (Calling all food fermenting experts, please convince me this will work).
3 cups all purpose flour + extra for flouring surfaces
1 package instant yeast
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold milk (I used skim, came out fine)
2 tablespoons softened butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick of butter softened
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
1 cup powdered sugar
2 - 3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of a standing mixer. Slowly incorporate the cold milk using the dough hook attachment. Knead at a low speed until a ball starts to form. Add the 2 tablespoons of softened butter into the mixture. Clear the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and continue mixing until all ingredients are incorporated into the ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
Turn dough out onto a flour work surface. Roll with a rolling pin until the dough reaches a 10x14 in rectangle. Spread the softened butter evenly over the surface of the dough. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the dough so it completely covers the surface. Role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 8 - 10 slices. Place the rolls into a well greased baking pan and bake rolls for 35 - 30 minutes.
Meanwhile mix powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until the glaze thickens. Generously drizzle the glaze over the rolls when you take them out of the oven.