Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Cinnabon- Replica

I don't read . I don't read books, I don't read any novels. I don't read newspapers. The list goes on and the fact is that I read nothing. I hate this habit of mine ;because of which I don't get to expose to what's going on in the outer world ; nor I get to improve my writing or clear my children's doubts. Thank God that they have their 'Genie DAD' ;) . But I did read story books to my kids when they were small . Got them all sort of books when and where they demanded. Offered many a things when they read newspapers and so now, they read a lot. I've to snatch books from them when guests are home or while eating. Now we started fighting for magazines;Noora read articles, while I look for recipes. I felt some sort of embarassment there. Yesterday I thought I would read something from the 'Friday' magazine and I read whole 3 articles. I enjoyed reading and they motivated me a lot. I shall keep on doing this. The articles were about World Dwarf Games Champion, MMUN child ambassadors and a cancer survivor.The story was not about how Dianne fought her disease or how she survived or whether did she really destroy her enemy. Instead this was about how she took this reality into her life; how she decided to live her life instead of mourning; how she organised her life party instead of funeral,which would be after her death and she wouldn't be enjoying. That was a damn bold attempt. She celebrated her life, met all her friends and relatives,danced,enjoyed and thanked all those who had helped her somewhere in her life-journey. This article as well as Joby's(arm wrestling champion) inspired me a lot. We are among those few lucky people, who got all those blessings of this life with able body and good family (Masha Allah) and we don't recognize it's importance or fail to thank God at times. We shall make full use of this wonderful life and live for the purpose and do something fruitful in this life. We should concentrate on living our life to the fullest rather than abusing this life.

Cinnabon is a famous brand cafe-chain who makes cinnamon rolls topped with cream cheese frosting. They make such delectable rolls that it just melts in mouth. I felt this recipe could do justice to atleast 80-85 % of the original one and is so delicious that you won't be able to stop with just one. I didn't had the bread machine or bread machine yeast, but still it tasted great . Measure your ingredients correctly and follow the technique as it is described below:

(Courtesy:All recipes)

Warm Milk   1 cup
Eggs             2
Margarine     1/3cup
Bread flour   4 1/2 cups
Salt               1tsp
Sugar            1/2cup
Yeast            2 1/2tsp

Brown Sugar           1cup,packed
Ground Cinnamon   2 1/2tbsp
Butter                       1/3cup,softened

Cream cheese           3oz ,softened
Butter                       1/4cup
Confectioners'sugar 1 1/2cups
Vanilla essence        1/2tsp
Salt                           1/8tsp


1. Mix yeast in 1/4 cup warm milk and let it rest for a few minutes till bubble appears on top. Don't mix yeast with spoon. Let it stand like that for few minutes.

2. Take milk in a mixing bowl, add eggs,salt,yeast mix and sugar. Mix well. Add flour and melted margarine to it. Mix it and prepare dough. Keep on kneading for atleast 6 minutes. You might get tempted to stop before that, but you shall not dare to do that. The dough will be sticky. You can grease your hands with melted margarine,but little.

3. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let it rest till it doubles in; for about 2 hours or more.
The dough doubled in size in the second picture and you can see the hand imprint on the third. This is how it looked after rising.

4. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in another bowl.

5. Roll dough into a 16*21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar-cinnamon mixture.Spread whole the brown sugar mix.I was hesitating Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9*13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200C.
sorry for poor lighting. It was clicked at night.

6. Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking,beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving.

Shelf life: I kept on my kitchen counter(without topping) for 2 days and microwaved for 20 seconds before serving. Spread topping after heating.

Serving Suggestions: Top with Chocolate chips,curls, chocolate sauce, pecans,walnuts,caramel etc.


  1. Perfect, this will be on my next bake list and yes the Friday magazine, I used to read it entirely, even now I browse it sometimes online.....

  2. Perfect rolls with step by step instructions. Thanks for sharing

  3. wonderful writing cinnamon bun looks wonderful

  4. wow wonderful replica of cinnabon :) they look very perfect and fantastic dear :)

  5. i haven't got my Friday for the last two weeks, thanks to my HD forgetting to renew our subscription... I read articles and then rip off the recipes, then the book goes to the bin... hehe... i don't know why but I don't like Cinnabon. The smell that comes from the shop is just not appealing, it has a very fake feel actually! I am sure your home made would taste much better and "smell" much better than theirs... bookmarked and going into my ever growing to-do list... :)

  6. Wow this looks so so yummy....

  7. Cant believe its a replica, you have done simply awesome.

  8. Awesome rolls... Perfectly done.. I am just drooling.. :)