Alton Brown’s Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Hubby’s mom and boyfriend were coming to visit one weekend and I wanted to make something special for brunch. They were planning on rolling into town around 10am and I’m not much of a morning person so I wanted things I could make ahead of time. I decided on a quiche and these overnight cinnamon rolls. I happen to love Alton Brown and his show Good Eats. I DVR it and watch religiously. I love the science behind food. Then I saw these cinnamon rolls in Joelen’s blog (btw check out her funny story about when Joelen met Alton Brown!) and knew they would be perfect.

I was a little worried because the rolls did not do much rising during their 30 minutes in the oven with boiling water. They hadn’t poofed too much, but I threw them in the oven anyways and hoped for the best. I guess it was my lucky day because they poofed right up while they were baking. They turned out delicious and I’ll definitely be making these again.

Alton Brown’s Overnight Cinnamon Rolls – from FoodNetwork.com
4 large egg yolks, room temperature
1 large whole egg, room temperature
2 ounces sugar, approximately 1/4 cup
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted, approximately 6 tablespoons
6 ounces buttermilk, room temperature
20 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 cups, plus additional for dusting
1 package instant dry yeast, approximately 2 1/4 teaspoons
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
Vegetable oil or cooking spray

Filling:
8 ounces light brown sugar, approximately 1 cup packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
3/4-ounce unsalted butter, melted, approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons

Icing:
2 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened, approximately 1/4 cup
3 tablespoons milk
5 1/2 ounces powdered sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups

For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Add approximately 2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and salt; whisk until moistened and combined. Remove the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook. Add all but 3/4 cup of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough, add more flour if necessary; the dough should feel soft and moist but not sticky. Knead on low speed 5 minutes more or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand about 30 seconds. Lightly oil a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, lightly oil the top of the dough, cover and let double in volume, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.

Butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle with the long side nearest you. Roll into an 18 by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the 3/4-ounce of melted butter, leaving 1/2-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch border along the top edge; gently press the filling into the dough. Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Firmly pinch the seam to seal and roll the cylinder seam side down. Very gently squeeze the cylinder to create even thickness. Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinder into 1 1/2-inch rolls; yielding 12 rolls. Arrange rolls cut side down in the baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 16 hours.

Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy; approximately 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the shallow pan of water from the oven.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

When the oven is ready, place the rolls on the middle rack and bake until golden brown, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, approximately 30 minutes.

While the rolls are cooling slightly, make the icing by whisking the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until creamy. Add the milk and whisk until combined. Sift in the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Spread over the rolls and serve immediately.

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27 Responses to “I’m bigger than you Yeast and you will make my bread rise!”

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    Jen Yu — November 26, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    Oh yum! Those look terrific. Congratulations on a successful first challenge and welcome to the Daring Bakers. Great job 🙂

    -jen at use real butter

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    Nikki57 — November 27, 2007 at 12:04 am

    You bread looks great! Congrats on overcoming your fear of yeast.

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    Katie — November 27, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Congrats on your first challenge!! Looks great!

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    MrsPresley — November 27, 2007 at 12:42 am

    1st, congrats on your 1st DB challenge! 🙂 2nd, congrats on overcoming your fear of yeast! i recently overcame this fear and am so glad i did! 🙂

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    Michelle — November 27, 2007 at 1:05 am

    Congratulations on your 1st challenge! Your bread looks so great!

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    Gigi — November 27, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Great looking bread! Congrats on becoming a daring baker. Isn’t it fun?

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    Dori — November 27, 2007 at 2:20 am

    you’ve inspired me to get over my fear of yeast as well!

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    breadchick — November 27, 2007 at 2:27 am

    Great job on your first challenge and on overcoming your yeast fear! Welcome to Daring Bakers!

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    Chris — November 27, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Welcome to the DBs! You did a “wicked awesome” job!

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    I(dot)J — November 27, 2007 at 4:14 am

    wow.. looking at your bread really reminded me of how this first challenge was for me.

    Great looking buns.

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    Tartelette — November 27, 2007 at 5:05 am

    Bravo on your first challenge! You did fantastic! I loave how cozy the loaf looks, it must be great for sandwiches, and congrats on beating the yeast demons to a pulp this month!!

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    ostwestwind — November 27, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Wow, what a success! All looks great

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    Sheltie Girl — November 27, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    You did a wonderful job on your breads. Congratulations on your first DBer challenge!

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

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    Candace — November 27, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Nice job! Love the step by step photos!

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    ~Amber~ — November 27, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    See yeast is not as scary as you though it was, huh?
    Congratulations on your first challenge. All of your goodies look wonderful!!

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    Deborah — November 27, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    You did such a wonderful job on your first challenge!! Especially with accidentally adding the larger amount of potatoes.

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    kitten — November 27, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    I loved your step by step photos and your bread looks divine. Great job in telling the yeast who’s boss !!

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    Gretchen Noelle — November 27, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Your bread looks great. I loved your post…funny and detailed! You succeeded with using yeast – great job! Congrats on your first DB challenge!

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    Julie — November 27, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    Hey, your breads look great! Thank goodness your first challenge with us wasn’t baked yeast jello … gross. Anyway, your rolls especially look nice and tender torn in half, just crying for butter. Job well done!

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    marias23 — November 28, 2007 at 4:53 am

    Congrats on your first challenge! Carrying heavy baking ingredients lets you burn calories so you can enjoy your creations! Yippee!

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    chronicler — November 28, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    Your bread turned out perfect! and the pictorial post is an added bonus! Super first challenge!

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    Gabi — November 28, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Glad you showed that yeast who is boss!
    Nice job and good for you for getting right to it!
    xoxo
    Gabi

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    Dolores — November 29, 2007 at 3:26 am

    Congratulations and welcome. It lookw from here like you successfully tamed the yeast beast! And thanks for the measuring-cup-in-the-colander tip!

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    Bev and Ollie "O" — November 29, 2007 at 11:39 am

    your bread looks great, your slashes on the loaf are so perfect!

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    Christina — December 1, 2007 at 1:33 am

    I must say, for someone who is fearful of yeast you really came out on top and produced both a stellar loaf and rolls. Great job!

    Welcome to the DBers!

    Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

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    creampuff — December 2, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    What a success story! From the storm to conquering of yeast … you did it all! Way to go on your first challenge!

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    Claire — December 3, 2007 at 12:24 am

    This dough looks like it makes a REALLY good loaf. Welcome to DB’s! Nice job.

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