Wendy's (world famous) Cinnamon Rolls
2 1/2 cups Very warm water (not hot)
3 TBL sugar
1 TBL salt
2 TBL oil
6 cups plain flour
2 TBL yeast
1/2 cup powdered milk (optional)
1/4 - 1/3 cup butter or marg (I of course like butter)
2-3 TBL cinnamon
1/2 - 3/4 cup more sugar
Into a large, 'warm' mixing bowl pour warm water, then stir in sugar, salt, oil, half the flour, powdered milk and yeast. Beat vigorously for 2-3 minutes until smooth. (I use a whisk) Stir in remaining flour until all dry ingredients are completely mixed in, leaving spoon right in the heavy (sticky) batter. (I cover the bowl with a tea towel. Leaving it in a warm area is also good)
Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes, then stir down. Allow dough to rest another 10 minutes, then stir down. Repeat this process until dough has been stirred down 5 times. (I keep paper and pen along side the timer so I can mark each 'stir'. I also keep the bowl with me while I'm checking emails or watching a show.) Dough may be sticky. Can sprinkle flour on top before you stir it to help it come away from the sides of the bowl.
Turn dough onto floured surface (I actually spray my CLEAN counter top with cooking spray...no extra flour. You will be surprised how easy the clean up is) Divide into 2 parts. Roll each part of dough into a rectangle about 1cm thick. Spread with melted margarine (or butter) and sprinkle generously with combined sugar and cinnamon mix. Roll up like a jelly roll, rolling from long side. Cut dough into 2cm lengths. Arrange 1 cm apart in a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray or greased some other way. Cover lightly and let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes. They will also rise in the oven. Bake immediately at 200 degrees Celsius (395 F)or until they have a light brown colour on the top. I wet (and wring) a tea towel and cover the rolls as they come out of the oven. This gives them the nice soft top. Allow to cool then frost with butter frosting or glaze as desired.
To make Orange Rolls, eliminate the cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle with grated orange zest and sugar and make the butter icing with orange juice instead of the milk. YUMMO!!!!!!!