Tangzhong Cinnamon Rolls
 
 
To streamline this recipe, the filling and frosting can be made several days in advanced. The recipe makes a decent amount of frosting (which is never a bad thing). It makes great filling for cookies sandwiches and on top of cupcakes
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9 cinnamon rolls
Ingredients
For the Tangzhong
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons bread flour
For the Filling:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
For Light and Fluffy Dough:
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons rapid-rise yeast
  • ¼ cup room temperature water
  • 2 ¾ cups cake flour
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed and softened to room temperature
For the Browned Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, browned, cooled, and refrigerated until mostly firm
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch fine salt
Instructions
To make the Tangdong:
  1. Whisk water and bread flour in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 20-second intervals until it forms into a thick, smooth, gel-like paste. Let cool.
To make the Filling:
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, sugars, cinnamon, and salt, stirring to combine. Pour into a container and let cool until ready to use.
To make the Light and Fluffy Dough:
  1. Combine yeast and water, let it activate, it will bubble and froth. In the meantime whisk cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat buttermilk and tangzhong mixture until well combined and smooth. Lower speed to low, add dry ingredients and yeast mixture. Beat in egg and vanilla. Once combined, switch to a dough hook and add butter, one cube at a time. Let the dough knead for 5 minutes. On a well floured surface, knead the dough by hand for another 5 to 7 minutes, this will yield an elastic, smooth and sheeny dough. Grease a large bowl and turn dough out into bowl. Cover with a damp towel and place in a warm place, about 1 hour.
  2. Grease a 9-inch cake pan with baking spray. Punch down dough. Roll out onto a well floured surface, rolling into a 13 by 9 inch rectangle, using a knife to square and shape the dough. Spread filling mixture evenly onto dough, leaving a ⅛-inch border empty. Roll dough tightly and stretch it out slightly. With seam side down, use a serrated knife to make 8 2 ½-inch cuts, producing 9 rolls. Place rolls into prepared pan, cover with towel, and let rise for 1 ½ hours until it has proofed and increased in size.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating halfway. They should be slightly golden and not doughy. Let cool for 10 minutes before pour half of the frosting onto the rolls. Let cool completely before covering with remaining frosting.
To make the Browned Butter Frosting:
  1. Beat butter and cream cheese until combined and smooth, about 2 minutes on a stand mixer's medium speed. Gradually add powdered sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt. Use half of frosting on warm cinnamon rolls and wait to apply remaining frosting until cooled. Extra frosting can be refrigerated for up 1 week and goes well on cupcakes and cake too.
Notes
Recipe by Layer Cake Parade
Recipe by Layer Cake Parade at http://layercakeparade.com/tangzhong-cinnamon-rolls/