Vanilla Pudding Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: 24Cinnamon Rolls
Prep Time: 4hrs20mins
Cook Time: 20mins
Total Time: 4hrs40mins
2tablespoonsactive dry yeast or 1 1/2 tablespoons instant yeast
3.5ouncepackage instant vanilla pudding (see note)
6 to 7cups(852 to 994g)all-purpose flour
1cup(227g)butter, softened to room temperature
½cup(113g)butter, softened to room temperature
In a small bowl combine water, yeast and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Set aside.
In a large bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook), take pudding mix and prepare according to package directions. Add butter, eggs and salt. Mix well. Then add yeast mixture. Blend.
Gradually add flour; knead until smooth. Do not overflour the dough! It should be very soft but not sticky. Place in a greased bowl.
Cover the dough and let rise until doubled (if using boxed pudding, it may take quite a while to double because of the cold milk - see note below).
Roll out the dough on a lightly greased or floured surface to about 34 X 21 inches in size. Take 1 cup soft butter and spread over surface.
For the filling: in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the top of the buttered dough. Roll up very tightly. With knife put a notch every 1 1/2 inches. Cut with thread or serrated knife.
Place on lightly greased cookie sheet about an inch apart. Cover and let rise until double again.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove when they start to turn golden (don’t overbake). Frost warm rolls with cream cheese frosting (combine butter and cream cheese and mix well, then add vanilla and sugar and mix again, then add milk for desired consistency).
Homemade Pudding: over the years, many of you (including myself!) have had great success using homemade pudding in place of the boxed variety. If using homemade pudding, you'll want around 2 1/4 cups for the recipe. It can be slightly warm but make sure it isn't hot (if it's been cooked recently). Using warm homemade pudding will speed up the rising process which is notoriously slow in this recipe thanks to the cold pudding (if made from a box).Rising: you can speed up the rising by preheating your oven to 170, immediately turning it off, letting it cool a few minutes and then placing the bowl of dough in there to rise more quickly (just make sure your oven isn't too hot!).Flour Amount:as with all yeast doughs, I never use the flour amount called for in the recipe as a hard fast rule (unless a weight measure is given and then I pull out my kitchen scale). Because humidity, temperature, altitude and a multitude of other factors can impact how much flour you need in your yeast doughs, I always judge when to quit adding flour by the texture and look and feel of the dough rather than how much flour I’ve added compared to the recipe. This tutorial on yeast may help identify how a perfectly floured dough should be.Freezable Recipe: after shaping the rolls and placing them on the baking sheet, cover with lightly greased saran wrap and a layer of tin foil. Store in the freezer. The night before you want to serve them take out the rolls and put them in the refrigerator. Let them thaw in the refrigerator. Take them out about 8-9 hours after being in the refrigerator and let them rise until doubled. Bake according to the recipe. (If you have less time, you can take the rolls out of the freezer and let them come to room temperature on the counter – about 4 hours, then let rise until doubled).Make-Ahead:this post details how to make sweet rolls ahead of time.