Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – Sweet Heart Cinnamon Rolls

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – Sweet Heart Cinnamon Rolls – Egg Less Cinnamon Rolls
Baking is like a therapy and I just find myself relaxed and calm when making the dough. I have been pretty late to the game as I learned baking only after I came to US. I am still glad that I tried it out when I had an opportunity and continuing the passion for baking. Now that I have found this sense of relaxation in baking, I want to expose my boys to this wonderful art quite early in the game. Baking is all about, touch, feel and sense. It took me a while to figure out how to find if the dough is the right texture by the touch. I started baking reading from books and since there was no one actually explaining to me how the dough feels, I had lot of difficulty understanding. Whenever I bake and get an opportunity, I ask my boys to knead the dough, feel the dough, stretch the dough, so they have more of a practical knowledge to baking.

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I have slowly come to learn that I am more of a bread baker than cake baker. I find myself attracted to different breads and not so much to designing or decorating cakes. So I started doing a little bit of shaping with the bread dough and the boys just enjoy it so much. The stuffed braided bread was so much fun to make and it made a lovely center piece for the dinner. This roll though is not that extensive in shaping and the kids can help in making the heart shapes.

I have made cinnamon rolls in the past with whole wheat flour. I personally like the texture when baking with whole grains. The rest of my family, do not mind it, but would rather prefer the ones made with all purpose flour or bread flour.

When talking about cinnamon rolls and shaped breads, I also want to mention my Swedish Cinnamon snails/rolls also known as Kanel Snegle / Kanelbullar. Shaping these was just as much fun and I really enjoyed the crunchy topping that these had.

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – Sweet Heart Cinnamon Rolls – Egg Less Cinnamon Rolls
heart shape cinnamon rolls
We are beginning our 3rd week of Cooking Carnival and all this week I will be posting breads and rolls. This is one theme that is very close to my heart and I really enjoyed baking few of the breads that I have made for this week.

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Preparation time – 20 minutes plus 1 ½ hours of rise time
Baking time – 20 – 25 minutes
Difficulty level – medium
Recipe adapted from – Fleischmann’s Bread World

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – Sweet Heart Cinnamon Rolls – Egg Less Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients to make Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – Makes 12

For the Dough –

  • Bread flour or All purpose flour – 3 ½ cups (might need a little more)
  • Instant yeast – 2 ¼ tsp
  • Sugar – ¼ cup
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Yogurt – ¼ cup
  • Butter – 5 tbsp

For the filling –

  • Butter – 3 tbsp (softened)
  • Sugar – ¼ cup
  • Cinnamon – 1 tbsp

For the Icing –

  • Powdered sugar – 1 to 1 ½ cups
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  • Milk – 1 or 2 tbsp

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – Sweet Heart Cinnamon Rolls – Egg Less Cinnamon Rolls

Procedure to make Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls –

To make the dough –

  • In a saucepan, add the milk, water and butter. Heat it until the mixture is warm and the butter has almost melted. There might still be a little bit of butter not melted, but that will not be a problem. The rest of the butter will get incorporated when making the dough.
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  • In a large bowl or in the mixer bowl, add 3 cups of bread flour, instant yeast, sugar and salt. Mix once to combine.
  • Add the warm milk/butter mixture to the flour mixture along with the yogurt.
  • Turn the mixer on low and start mixing the dough. Slowly increase the speed to medium and mix well and until the mixture is completely incorporated.
  • Knead the dough further and add the rest of the flour if needed to make smooth and elastic dough.
  • Place the dough on a greased bowl and cover it. Place it in a warm, draft free spot to rise until doubled in volume (about 1 hour).
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Shaping the Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls –

  • In a bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and mix well.
  • Once the dough has doubled in volume, gently punch it down and place it on a floured work surface.
  • Roll the dough to a rough rectangle, measuring about 12 x 16 inches.
  • Spread the softened butter evenly over the rectangle. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar all over the rolled over dough. Make sure you get to the corners and sides as well.
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  • Now start rolling the dough tightly, jelly style until half way. Roll the other half the same way and bring it to the middle.
  • Make a rough marking and cut the rolled dough into 12 equal parts. Makes sure you use a sharp knife and make one gentle swift cut.
  • Take one piece of the cut dough and slightly stretch it out and then pinch the bottom to form a heart shape (refer to the picture below).
  • Place it on a baking sheet. Repeat the same with the rest of the pieces.
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  • Cover the sheet and let the rolls rise again for about 30 to 40 minutes or until almost doubled.
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Baking the rolls –

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Once the rolls have doubled in volume, bake them for about 20 to 22 minutes or until they are golden brown. Let it cool in the pan for about 5 to 10 minutes.
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  • Combine the icing ingredients to form a smooth icing. Drizzle the icing over the baked rolls when still warm and serve.
Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – Sweet Heart Cinnamon Rolls – Egg Less Cinnamon Rolls

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26 thoughts on “Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – Sweet Heart Cinnamon Rolls

  1. These are really impressive cinnamon rolls, I must say. Cinnamon rolls take me back to my childhood and I have very fond memories of them, although I never had heart-shaped ones. I’m really impressed with how you shaped them. Great job.

  2. I love baking and like you I much rather do breads of all kinds that decorating anything because I am not a very patient person. My boys love baking with me too even though they tend to make a big mess when they are in the kitchen 🙂

  3. These are so beautiful! It’s so true that so much of bread baking has to do with the “feel” of things – I do most of my bread without a real recipe and go based on touch whether I need more flour or more water. It’s great that you’re teaching your boys this – I hope my son will be interested in baking with me as he gets to be a little older!

  4. So cute! And such a lovely idea, especially now with valentines day right around the corner. I’ve never made cinnamon rolls from scratch before because I’m not great with making dough and getting it to rise. I need to take some dough making lessons. 🙂

  5. I love that you involve your boys in the kitchen – it’s so important to pass on our kitchen skills to our kids! These cinnamon rolls are super adorable – I never thought to make them into hearts – what a great idea!

  6. What a fun Valentine treat! I love that you shaped your rolls into hearts!!
    I’m slowly learning about baking, dough and breads. My family isn’t a homemade bread baking group, so we always bought breads. Yeast doughs have been a bit intimidating, altho I’ve finally found a pizza dough from scratch that works well for me.

    Kneading is relaxing … maybe that’s what we’re all missing these days, too much stress and not enough bread baking.

  7. I have never been good with doughs that require yeast. I even bought a bread maker and tried all the dough recipes. I would love to take a class so I can get hands on and be able to touch and feel how the dough is supposed to feel and not just the pictures and descriptions. This is a great tutorial and I can’t wait to make these. My youngest is OBSESSED with cinnamon rolls and I hate having to use the ones in the tube!

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