Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls might not be the first thing you think about when you think about a tropical paradise such as Nicaragua. Cinnamon rolls are however a common sight in Nicaragua. You can buy them in any supermarket and many smaller stores.

The cinnamon roll was brought to Nicaragua by German immigrants. Nicaragua is home to a large number of people of German decent. This is due to the fact that the Nicaraguan government offered free land to Germans that moved to Nicaragua. They did this to improve the economy by bringing in knowledgeable German labor. The Germans developed a lot of the Nicaraguan Coffee industry. The Nicaraguan rolls are more like Swedish rolls than most rolls you find in German.

Below you will find a recipe that will produce very taste cinnamon rolls. The recipe is very easy and anyone can cook them. We got the recipe from the Swedish website kanelbullar.se. (“Kanelbullar” is swedish for “cinnamon rolls”) Baking cinnamon rolls takes a lot of time. You will need at least 4 hours to finish an entire batch. Most of that time is used for letting the dough rest. You will only need to be actively involved in the bake for about 1 hour during that time.

Ingredients:

  • 150 g butter
  • 5 dl milk
  • 50g yeast
  • 1 dl sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • Approx 14 dl wheat flour

Filling:

  • 150 g room temperature butter
  • 1 dl sugar
  • 4 spoons cinnamon

Toppings:

  • Egg
  • Granulated suger

How to bake cinnamon rolls:

  1. Heat the milk to 37°C. 37°C is body temperature. If you do not have a thermometer you can use your finger to try to feel when the milk has the correct temperature. Stir the milk while heating to get an even temperature.
  2. Grumble the yeast into the milk. The yeast should melt in the milk.
  3. Stir until the milk and yeast is well mixed.
  4. Add the butter to the mix and mix well.
  5. Add the flour to the mix. Save a little flour for later when you work with the dough.
  6. Kneed to dough until it is smooth. It usually take 10 minutes or more
  7. Cover the dough and let it rest for 30 min. It should rest in room temperature.
  8. This is a good time to make the stuffing. Simply mix the ingredients until well mixed.
  9. When the dough have rested you should pour some flour on the table and empty the dough out on the table.
  10. Roll ¼ of the dough into a large thin rectangle.
  11. Spread the filling over the dough.
  12. Roll the dough
  13. Cut the roll in to sections that are about 1 inch thick.
  14. Put the pieces on the baking sheet. Place them on their side so that the cut is up. Use a baking paper so that the rolls don’t stick on the sheet.
  15. Let the rolls rest on the baking sheet for 40 minutes. Use this time to repeat the process with the remaining dough.
  16. Heat the owen to 225 °C / 450 °F
  17. Brush the rolls with egg. Sprinkle granulated sugar on top
  18. But in the owen for 8-10 minutes. The cinnamon rolls should have a nice golden color.
  19. Leave to cool under a kitchen towel. Or eat hot with milk 😉