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Baking At High Altitude

Baking At High Altitude

One thing that’s been a challenge living up in the mountains is learning to bake at high altitudes.  I already posted about my struggle with making homemade rolls for Thanksgiving.  The same is true with anything that has to rise–it’s a challenge, and I usually have to resort to sticking dough in the oven to rise.

One of our family’s favorite recipes is homemade cinnamon rolls.  Even though it’s trickier making the cinnamon rolls at an elevation of 8,000 feet, this recipe is so good!  I’m sharing it if you want to make them yourself!  Sunday was the perfect time to make these because it was snowing, stormy, and the fog had rolled in.  It was really hard to see the mountains because they were all socked in.

Cinnabon Recipe

4 C flour
1 Pkg dry yeast
1-1/4 C milk
1/4 C sugar
1/4 C butter
1 Tsp salt
1 Large egg

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture

1 C dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon (I always double the cinnamon)

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 Ozs. cream cheese, softened
1/3 C butter, softened
1-1/2 C powdered sugar
1 Tsp vanilla

Mix 1-1/2 cups flour and the yeast in a large bowl.  Heat the milk, sugar, butter, and salt in a small saucepan just until warm, stirring constantly until the butter almost melts.  Add to yeast mixture.  Add egg.  Beat at low speed 1/2 minute.  Beat another 3 minutes at high speed.  Stir in the remaining cups of flour to make the dough.  With a paddle attachment, knead dough about 8 minutes.

Lightly grease a large bowl and put the dough inside; cover with plastic wrap that’s also been slightly sprayed.  Let rise until double in size (I do this in the oven, but you don’t have to).  Roll the dough into a thin rectangle (about 12″ x 20″).  Brush dough generously with 1/2 cup melted butter.  Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Roll up jelly roll fashion.  Cut at 2″ intervals using floss.  Place rolls in a greased 9″ x 13″ pan so cinnamon spirals show.  Let rise for an additional 20 minutes with dish towel over them.  Bake 375 degrees for  20-25 minutes.  Cool in pan and frost with cream cheese frosting.

Baking At High Altitude

Baking At High Altitude

 

Baking At High Altitude

Baking At High Altitude

Baking At High Altitude

Baking At High Altitude

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day!

 

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