Friday, June 22, 2012

Cinnamon Knots

This is a version of a cinnamon roll.  They are delicious and I have fun making them.  These are also pretty fast to make - I don't really go through the rising process that I do for a cinnamon roll.  I like a really big cinnamon roll so I usually let those rise overnight and bake them in the morning.  These are just quick little knots to make and are soooo delicious.  The recipe comes from my trusty Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book.  It is a basic sweet dough recipe
 that I turn into these little gems.

Sweet Rolls

1 C. Warm Milk
1 T. Yeast
1/3 C. Sugar
1/3 C. Margarine - softened
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp. Salt
4-5 C. Flour

Combine milk, yeast, and sugar. Add margarine, eggs, flour and salt.  Stir with a fork to combine.  Knead in enough flour so the dough is not sticky.  Split dough in half and repeat the following process with both halves of the dough.  Roll dough out to a large rectangle and spread butter, brown sugar and cinnamon over the top -
 no measurements - just spread it even.
Fold the dough into thirds and use a pizza cutter to
cut strips in the dough.
Now you get to tie your knot.  First twist one strip of the dough.
Next tie that twist into a knot.
And now tuck your ends in - one over and one under.
Place on a Greased Cookie Sheet. 
 I let them rest for 15 minutes before baking.
Bake at 375* for 15-20 minutes.  While the cinnamon knot is baking you can make your powdered sugar glaze.  I don't measure this, I just make it the consistency that looks like a good thick glaze. Combine Powdered Sugar, about 1 T. Vanilla and enough milk to make a glaze.  Add the milk slowly - it really does not take a lot to make your glaze.
  It should look like this.
Once the cinnamon knots are done baking put them on a cooling rack and immediately drizzle the glaze over the hot cinnamon knot.
This recipe should make at least 2 dozen knots - it just depends how thick you slice your dough. These are great for a crowd!


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