For this recipe you will need:
1C warm milk
2.5 tbs dry active yeast
4.5 cups flour (I used all purpose fine but you could use bread flour too. I prefer a very very fine flour so I use King Arthur brand. Makes for very light soft baked goods)
1/2 stick of butter (softened)
1 tsp salt
~ mix milk, 1tbs sugar and yeast together in a bowl, let sit 5 mins in a warm place~
Add all the rest of the dough ingredients starting with the eggs. Add 1-2tbs of water if the dough is a little too dry. Knead the dough for 5 minutes on a lightly floured surface, then place in a lightly greased bowl. Lightly oil the top to keep moist.
Let rise 1hr
Mix into a paste like texture:
1c brown sugar (I used light brown)
1.5 sticks of softened butter
1.5 tbs cinnamon
You’ll want to chill this down so that it’s not runny, but isn’t firm either. 15-20 minutes in the fridge should do. It should be like tomato paste in texture.
Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and roll put into a rectangle shape. About 3/4 inch thick. Not too thin!
Spread your filling on the dough taking care to reach the edges.
Starting at one end, roll the dough pulling gently towards you as you roll - to stretch the dough slightly as you tuck it under itself. Continue until it’s rolled completely and pinch the final edge onto the dough creating a seal.
Carefully slice into roughly 2 inch sections. Place in your greased crockpot* and allow to rise for 20 mins minimum or overnight.
Cook 2-2.5 hrs on High in your crockpot (keep an eye out! Crockpot temps vary!)
*you can cook in a cast iron in your oven 350° for 20 mins.
Cream cheese icing:
1.5 sticks of butter
8oz whipped cream cheese
1-3/4 to 2c of powdered sugar
In a small pot melt butter over mediumish heat until butter browns and is foamy on top. Swirl the pan frequently and watch it closely - it can burn quickly!
Remove from heat and chill
Mix chilled butter and add all other ingredients, taking care to add your powdered sugar a a bit at a time to avoid the dreaded dust cloud. Add more or less powdered sugar to taste. The dough and filling is very sweet already so I preferred mine to have the lesser end of the powdered sugar.
Frost those hot rolls and serve. YUM!