Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll and a Fair Trade Giveaway!


You guys. I'm so excited about today's post because there are so many good things to talk about!

First of all, Mother's Day is just around the corner, and I've teamed up with my friends at Fair Trade USA  (along with some other fabulous bloggers) for a virtual Mother's Day brunch. I developed this recipe especially for the occasion, and I have to tell you, I may never bake individual cinnamon rolls ever again. My favorite part of a cinnamon roll is the soft, flaky interior, and - guess what. You get more of that when you make one giant cinnamon roll! And you can slice it like cake! I really love how all those beautiful layers separate ever-so-slightly on the plate. It's irresistible when smothered with orange-zested cream cheese glaze (I swoon!).



Second, there's a giveaway involving some of the best stuff around - products that are really worth using! I buy Fair Trade whenever possible, not only because the products add quality to my baking, but also because it positively impacts the lives of Fair Trade workers. There are a great number of women who work for Fair Trade companies, including moms who are working to provide better lives for their families. This virtual brunch is our way of honoring them. And all moms, really!

Fair Trade certified, means the products come from workers that are justly compensated. Below are some of the best teas, coffees and snacky foods I've ever tasted, and we're giving the whole stash away to one lucky winner! You'll get the same delicious Fair Trade cinnamon and muscovado sugar that I used in this skillet cinnamon roll. And just take a look at this Prana embroidered scarf.  It's even prettier in person.

Giveaway is open to US residents.

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There's a friendly little competition going between the participating bloggers, too. So you can help me out by re-pinning my image here!

Now to even more good stuff - step-by-step instructions for the skillet cinnamon roll. You'll see my process below, and I hope it will serve as a helpful guide while you make your own!


The entire process is a little messy, but well worth the end result. The muscovado sugar really punches up the brown sugar flavor, so it's worth seeking out next time you're at the grocery store.


Just look at that landscape of swirly goodness up there. I can't wait to try out different versions of this skillet pastry. Maybe I'll hide some Guittard Fair Trade chocolate between the layers next time.

Giant Skillet Cinnamon Roll 
with Orange-Cream Cheese Glaze
[click for printable version]
Yield: One 12-inch skillet cinnamon roll
Source: My Mom's cinnamon roll recipe plus my original glaze recipe
Prep 2 hours; Total 2 hours 30 minutes

Dough
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water (90-110°F)
2 eggs, room temperature
6 cups all purpose flour, sifted
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling
1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup sugar, 
1/2 cup moscovado sugar (or dark brown sugar) and 
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon mixed together

Glaze

4 oz. cream cheese, slightly melted4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups confectioners' sugar

2-4 tablespoons hot milk
2 teaspoons orange extract
Zest of one-half organic orange

  1. For the dough, heat milk, 1/2 cup sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar melts and a few small bubbles appear at the edges of the pan. Remove from heat and let cool while you prepare the other elements.
  2. Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in very warm water (90°F to 110°F) in the bowl of a standing mixer (or a large bowl if you don't have a stand mixer). Stir with the paddle attachment (or wooden spoon) until well blended. Let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Beat eggs into yeast mixture. Stir in cooled milk mixture (it should be lukewarm), switch to the dough hook then add in flour a little at a time until dough is elastic. Add melted butter and mix, then add in more flour until dough is elastic and pulls away from the sides of the mixer. Note: you may  not have to use all the flour. Do not add so much flour that  the dough does not stick to your hands. Set a timer and knead with the dough hook (or knead with hands on a floured surface) for 5 minutes. 
  4. Place dough in a buttered bowl and turn it over to coat the entire surface. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place 1 hour or until doubled (mine took a little longer than an hour to double).
  5. Punch down dough and turnout onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times and cut into two pieces. Roll out each piece to 12x9-inch rectangles. 
  6. For the filling, brush the rolled dough pieces with the melted butter. Sprinkle each with half the cinnamon sugar mixture. 
  7. Cut the each dough piece into 5 even strip lengthwise. Roll one strip up as if you were making a regular cinnamon roll. When you get to the end, use another strip and continue rolling. When the dough spiral reaches about 6-inches in diameter, (3-4 strips-worth of spiraling) place it in the center of a  lightly greased 12-inch cast-iron skillet. Continue spiraling dough strips around the middle. This is a messy job, but just embrace the mess. It'll be well worth the end result.
  8. When all the dough has been used, cover and let rise about 45 minutes or until doubled.
  9. Preheat oven to 400°. Bake for 18-25 minutes, or until golden. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn't over-bake! 
  10. Whisk together glaze ingredients, adding additional milk as needed. Glaze pastry in the pan while it is still hot. Add additional orange zest if desired. Slice into pieces and serve while still warm.



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403 comments:

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June said...

Oh my gosh that cinnamon roll is amazing! I must try that for a luxurious breakfast this weekend. Combination of my two favorite sweet things--cinnamon rolls + cake = pure awesomness. :)

LadyWild said...

Apple butter

Catherine said...

What a wonderful giant cinnamon roll!! It looks so delicious too. One of my favorites to have with a good cup of coffee. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Savita Raj said...

Great recipe, pinned for this weekend's breakfast. The embroidery on the prana scarf looks lovely - thank you!

Savita Raj said...

The cinnamon would be perfect for some savory dishes with farmer's market summer squashes!

Sara said...

That cake looks amazing! I would make cincinatti chili.

Elaine said...

I'd love the cinnamon for some apple pie!

Sarah said...

I would make homemade rice pudding with Fair Trade cinnamon!

Sarah said...

Oh that. Is. Delicious.

Michelle Johnson said...

I use cinnamon in almost everything. It is my favorite spice to bake with and I would love to win some! Especially so I can get started on whipping up some of these cinnamon rolls!

Katherine Hellige said...

Yum! Can't wait to try it!

Aimee said...

I would love to win this, fair trade is the best.

Emily said...

I would put it on so. many. sweet potatoes. And in my coffee!

LeAnn said...

I use cinnamon in both sweet and savory dishes. I will be making this giant cinnamon roll this weekend!

Erika said...

THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! My boyfriend's favorite food is cinnamon rolls, so I definitely want to surprise him with this the next time he has a break from the Navy.

Melissa Cushing said...

I would try to copy your delicious cinnamon roll recipe! Thanks for sharing and good luck to all!

lauren s. said...

I'd LOVE to try YOUR recipe...I love cinnamon rolls! I also might make some home made cinnamon ice cream!

Jacqui said...

I would make churros!

Lauri Marie said...

I'd make Snickerdoodles!

materra said...

Some apple crisp. The cinnamon roll looks great!

LBGifford said...

I would use the fair trade cinnamon in some oatmeal cookies...hold the raisins!

Holly said...

I've got to stick with the classic cinnamon rolls...and my mother has a great recipe!

Marie said...

I would make cinnamon roll cake. It is sooo good!

Jay said...

This looks very delicious, i think i might try doing this for mothers day

VAS said...

wow...i'll make cinnamon scented banana bread.

Akram Taghavi-Burris said...

We'll after reading this the first thing I'd make are these cinnamon rolls they look amazing!

Jamie Rose said...

I definitely think good cinnamon needs to be used in cinnamon rolls! Though I'm sure I could find some other uses too.

Anna said...

I'd make my favorite breakfast, oven baked french toast with cinnamon and cardamom, topped with cinnamon whipped cream!

Katie said...

I would use it in everything possible. I love cinnamon!

Bianca said...

snickerdoodles :)

Elsapurple said...

I'd make this giant cinnamon roll for sure. But I'd also use it to make my favorite french toast recipe.

Kelster said...

Cinnamon raisin bread

Ashley said...

Mother of Cinnamon Rolls!!! *see what I did there*

Once again, you continue to amaze me with your creativity! BEAUTIFUL!

Dina said...

I'd make baked apples with Fair Trade cinnamon!

Belinda Lo said...

This is a perfect breakfast or any meal of the day! I think all that spice has to be used in something speacil like a honey spiced custard tart with pecans. I am planning to make this roll on mother's day it is that good

Mariam said...

OMG! I would love to reproduce your cinnamon rolls! I have such a weakness for that sweetness!

Elaina Park said...

With this recipe, I can successfully make my mother something with cinammon in it! I made mojito cake pops based on the recipe on this website and it cams out so perfect!

Shannon said...

I would make Chai-Spiced Donut Muffins.... you know, the kind you roll in butter after they are baked then roll in cinnamon-cardamom-ginger? Yummm!

Moontaj said...

I'd probably be boring and make french toast, but it would be the BEAT french toast there is!

Rachael | Spache the Spatula said...

Holy moly that thing is so huge and so awesome! That cinnamon would be awesome in the crumble to a fruit cobbler!

Michala Quince said...

Wow, looks yummy! I'd love to make some cinnamon rolls like these :)

Three Sheep Studio said...

This looks fabulous !
Thank you for the pictures to guide with the process.
Rose

Medeja said...

Don't even know how to call this thing.. but it looks super delicious!

Stefkow said...

That looks amazing! I love cinnamon in everything!

Carmen Nielsen said...

"Needs more cinnamon" can be said for just about every baked good, no matter how much I put in.

Anonymous said...

I would probably make oatmeal and a cup of tea.

Molly said...

I would make these cinnamon rolls!

palmtreesandhappiness.com said...

This looks so delicious, I would love to make this for my mother on mothers day! Such a sweet touch to just the normal brunch! Xo V

cachivach12 said...

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls! :)

Los chatos Chefs said...

I can only say, oh my god! That´s really must tastes delicious! Congratulations from Spain!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This cake is absolutely stunning!! I love the recipe!

Kate said...

Love your site! Amazing giveaway. I think I'd make something for Mom for Mother's Day :-)

mysweetiepiepie said...

I'd make this amazing giant cinnamon roll for sure.

TheWaageWaay said...

I would love to make this! To bad I'm scared of anything that requires yeast. :)

Anonymous said...

I'd make this cinnamon roll of course!

Monica Bryant said...

This looks absolutely heavenly...

Grimmy said...

I would love to try it in a Mexican hot chocolate!!

Leah said...

pretty sure that I would need to make a ginormous cinnamon roll with fair trade cinnamon. so fun!

EG said...

That cinnamon roll looks soooooo good!

Paige Reeves said...

First, I would make this cinnamon roll, then some churros, then put it in my coffee and oatmeal.

Sandy H said...

I would make my favorite cookie, snickerdoodles.

Patrick and Jenni said...

I would love to try your cinnamon roll recipe - looks so good!

Bailey Notch said...

Cinnamon rolls!!!!! They are my weakness!

Anonymous said...

I am definitely going to try this recipe - hopefully with ingredients from the give-away!!!
Nora

MarissaKubinski said...

I use cinnamon a ton and I would use it with my banana bread recipe.

Bailey Notch said...

Cinnamon rolls!!! They are my weakness!

Tiffani said...

Hands down, this cinnamon roll!

Rebecca said...

Wow, that's a gorgeous cinnamon roll! There are so many possibilities...cinnamon rolls, snickerdoodles, something Mexicon hot chocolate inspired...

Danielle Tran said...

I would make snickerdoodles!

suburban prep said...

Oh this is great in some chocolate chip cookies I make --they have a twist with a tsp of cinnamon.

Heather said...

Giant Yummness! Your kitchen must have smelled heavenly! I would love some of that cinnamon in my Khaleesi Dragon cookies where it would really shine!

Holly Seely said...

I would make our family's "secret recipe" blackberry cobbler with Fair Trade cinnamon!

Brittany K said...

Your giant cinnamon roll on this post!! Amazing.

karen said...

I'd make some snickerdoodles!

Chrisi said...

I feel like it's a given that I'd immediately use Fair Trade cinnamon to make this giant cinnamon roll! I love cinnamon and the warm, holiday-like aroma that fills my kitchen whenever I bake with it, but I also love to use it in savory dishes, too, like chili or Moroccan chicken. But then there's hot chocolate, babkas, snickerdoodles, gingerbread...so I guess I'd use the cinnamon in ALL the things! ;)

Elle M said...

I saw this and my jaw hit the floor, I am always surprised and inspired by your posts! I'm totally trying this!

Johanna said...

High quality cinnamon, such as fair trade cinnamon, deserves to be the star of the show. I think cinnamon rolls fit the bill!

Shamima said...

I love to make sticky cinnamon buns

iwoo said...

This roll!!

Heather said...

I would make Mexican Pancakes with cinnamon syrup!

ohthatgirlsiobhan said...

I usually always am in the mood to make cupcakes, but maybe I should try out some cinnamon roll gelato with fair trade cinnamon yummy :D

Sue said...

I would HAVE to make this giant cinnamon roll! Oh my, all those layers!!!

Jennifer said...

This cinnamon roll looks amazing! What a clever idea to take a favorite recipe for cinnamon rolls and make it into one big, delicious beauty.

Steeno said...

I put cinnamon on everything... I use it daily for my morning oatmeal!

Jessie said...

Of all the times to not be able to eat yeast... so sad- it looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

what a great idea! my individual cinnamon rolls never quite turn out right, this might be a perfect solution!

artsgardner377 said...

Heather, I would make a giant cinnamon roll, for sure! *drools* I can almost taste it now...tantalizing smell, sticky frosting, gooey center...ooooh baby!

Faith said...

Um, that cinnamon roll. Is this a trick question? I now can think of nothing else.

Traci said...

Cinnamon rolls are a great way to use cinnamon, but I also love a good oatmeal raisin cookie.

Caryn said...

I would almost certainly make cinnamon rolls with this. Or one giant, beautiful, delicious cinnamon roll!

Emma Bottari said...

this looks amazing, I can't wait to try it!

Lauren Piontkowski said...

I would make the elephant ear recipe you posted with this cinnamon--it was such a hit in my house! I'll have to try this eventually as well!

leed1 said...

Drooling ...

Danielle L. said...

This looks amazing. I would definitely try this and maybe cookies.

Anonymous said...

That looks delicious! I love using cinnamon in hot chocolate, yum.

Cara said...

Definitely some snickerdoodles first of all, then maybe some cinnamon rolls, as the one you posted has me drooling!

mixtapesandmango said...

I would make 6-ingredient vegan cinnamon rolls - and you best believe this fair trade cinnamon will be one of those 6 ingredients!

Barrette said...

With the cinnamon, I'd have to make your giant cinnamon roll!

Anonymous said...

The first thing I would make is the skillet cinnamon roll recipe above.

Cassie said...

I would probably make Cinnamon rolls with it or use it in oatmeal.

tracy.zajac said...

Cinnamon apples!

Pam said...

Nothing beats a cinnamon roll and I have my grandmother's recipe

Miranda Hill said...

I would make some of your yummy looking cinnamon rolls!

Rachel Frenkil said...

Definitely making these cinnamon rolls with cinnamon, it looks awesome!!

Grace said...

My mouth literally fell open when the first image appeared.. this is a fantastic idea and I can't wait to make it for Mother's Day!!

Grace said...

I forgot to add I would make this with the cinnamon!!

Kristie said...

Dang, looks so good!!

Megan said...

Yummmm! I would definitely make this giant skillet cinnamon roll!!!

Silencer said...

I LOVE cinnamon! I use it for everything. Especially my coffee. I'd like to try and make cinnamon roll pancakes....Hmmmmmm......

Emily LeBaron said...

We use cinnamon a lot! The kids love it on their toast. That giant cinnamon roll would be perfect for Sunday breakfast!

Tamra said...

I would make cinnamon raisin bread!

reikeAdams said...

Cinnamon makes the world go round :)

kimbercrafts said...

Cinnamon is the most used spice in my cupboards! I love adding it to pancake batter when making pumpkin pancakes year round!

Dulce said...

I would make a brown-butter apple cinnamon bunt cake with - of course- cinnamon caramel!

Maddie Swab said...

I'd make an apple pie!

Anonymous said...

cinnamon buns or snickerdoodles!!
spgoddess55(at)msn(dot(com)

Molly said...

Oh My God! My husband is going to flip when I make this for him! Thanks!

Unknown said...

oh yummmmm!!!!!

Chelsea said...

I would make, with Fair Trade Cinnamon, these wonderful cinnamon swirl crumb topped muffins (or can be made into a coffee cake). They are so buttery, cinnamon-y and brown sugar-y... delicious!!

jscheldberg said...

Oooh, so many baking opportunites! I'd make some monkey bread.

speckofawesome said...

Goodness! That is one gorgeous cinnamon roll. I haven't been this thoroughly tempted by a baked good for months, but that might just have to happen. Should be easy enough to do gluten free. Wow.
As for the cinnamon... I use cinnamon for so many things. I would probably have to make a cinnamon scone, if not a full cinnamon roll.

Alicia Storin said...

This cinnamon roll is the best thing ever. I need to make it yesterday.

Brittany A. said...

This is all of my favorite things rolled into one. Cannot wait to make this for weekend brunch!! Maybe, hopefully it will last through Sunday :)

GN S said...

Snicker doodle Cookies!!! Yum

Anonymous said...

Kim P - this is amazing - love the idea of one big cinnamon roll!

Anonymous said...

Apple crisp!

Celeste said...

Heaven in a skillet!

Simone said...

Snickerdoodles!!

Juliann said...

That looks yummy! Will have to put it on my must make soon list.

Rita said...

Thanks for posting. A giant cinnamon roll would be a wonderful addition to my family's brunch menu.

SarahO said...

I'd make your cinnamon roll. My husband has been wanting one forever & this one looks too good to pass up!

Graham Blackall said...

I'd make this!

Sally said...

Wow that cinnamon roll looks incredible!! I want to try it for sure!

Linda K. said...

I'd make some cinnamon sugar biscotti.

Crystal Lee said...

I would make this cinnamon roll!

JC said...

I would make cinnamon bun.

Megan Brown said...

I would definitely make cinnamon rolls! I also love mixing it in with my yogurt and fruit.

booklover357 said...

i'd make this !

~B~ said...

As a barista, cinnamon is one of my favourite ingredients to add to any of my drink creations. The higher quality, the better. A hot cappuccino with a mountain of dreamy foam and a sprinkle of fair trade cinnamon! Yum!

kathiquilts said...

OMG!!! who wouldn't wnat this gorgeous large roll???

Anonymous said...

Cinnamon rolls, of course! Maybe some snickerdoodles too!
azzuri9@aol.com

Bev Ebersole said...

I would make apple pie with cinnamon

Alicia Toney said...

Looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

sour cream coffee cake



Jennie35 said...

I love cinnamon in cookies and on oatmeal.

Unknown said...

Banana Butter, I started making it last year. so good.

Anonymous said...

I would use the cinnamon to make these amazing cinnamon rolls!!
Jennifer

Lauren M. said...

I would make some bunuelos and cinnamon cake that my grandmother usually makes!

Anonymous said...

As a huge cinnamon roll lover, I am dying to try this recipe! In our house we use cinnamon almost every day mixed with a bit of sugar and sprinkled on toast.

Danya Pollack said...

Duh! This recipe. What else?

Anonymous said...

I am a huge cinnamon roll lover and am dying to try this recipe! As for other uses of cinnamon, we make cinnamon sugar sprinkled toast almost every day.

Polkaostrich said...

I'd make a cinnamon apple gluten free bread thing!

Mancakes said...

THE CINNAMON ROLL!!! IT'S AMAZING!!!

Karly K said...

Horchata ;)

Vee said...

I would make a chai latte layer cake

Karey said...

I would put the cinnamon in my coffee or hot chocolate!

Elena F said...

Um, holy crap 0_0

kaustin said...

Croissant french toast and fried donuts rolled in cinnamon sugar !

Kayly Srsich said...

Orange glazed cinnimon rolls are my favorite breakfast item!!

Rachel @ Bakerita said...

I've been wanting to try a GF cinnamon roll, so definitely would give that a go.

alwaysarac said...

I'd make a spiced apple pie :) This looks delicious too!

moviegirl913 said...

I have a chocolate chip cake with cinnamon sugar topping that I think your cinnamon would be perfect for!!

Anonymous said...

cinnamon toast :)

Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking} said...

OK, I think I've just found the reason as to what to use my cast iron skillet for.

These look amazing. Pinning and saving for later!

Serena said...

I love your pictures! Cinnamon and orange cream cheese is something that I definitely want to try together.

Yoshimi Nomura said...

something delicious ;)

Samantha Budyn said...

Oh my goodness! I'm a sucker for cinnamon rolls!

Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking said...

I'd make cinnamon frosting for cupcakes!

Jenn said...

I would make blueberry muffins with cinnamon streusel.

Jenny said...

I'd make cinnamon ice cream!

Yddy said...

Mexican hot chocolate, especially on these chilly spring days that seem more like winter.

Jena said...

Yum! I want to try this skillet cinnamon roll, I've never seen anything like it!

Anonymous said...

I love all of that!!!! Cinnamon is my favorite condiment especially paired with cinnamon rolls...your mega blown up cinnamon roll looks so inviting....Dijana zebosna @ yahoo . com

Anonymous said...

I would most definitely make this cinnamon roll cake!

Elizabeth Keith said...

Oooh, I can't wait to try this!! I think I'd use the cinnamon in making some home-made strawberry jam!

Jen said...

I would make my favorite cinnamon streusel mug cake!

Leah said...

I put cinnamon on EVERYTHING, but my favorite way to use it is in a big warm bowl of oats in the morning!

Missy said...

I would make this cinnamon roll first, but I'd have to make some buttery cinnamon and sugar toast as well.

Cindy said...

This looks amazing! I would make a cream filled cinnamon coffee cake. Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful giveaway.

Jillian Fluet said...

Oh my god, a giant cinnamon roll sounds amazing!!! With lots of warm glaze to seep into all the nooks and crannies. This is the perfect weekend breakfast.

Meriem said...

I would make cinnamon twists!

dina said...

what a cool idea! it looks great!

Chelsey Vanden Esschert said...

I'd make a tasty cinnamon roll like that one or cinnamon pancakes!

bubbleme said...

Cinnamon roll Ice cream! or Bizcochitos!! <3

Tori said...

I would put cinnamon in cupcakes as a copycat from Sprinkles Bakery!

Elin Woods said...

Cinnamon rolls!

Michelle Tinker said...

Definitely cinnamon rolls. It's the best thing to make. Ever.

butterfly843 said...

This looks amazing!

Stephanie Loo said...

I would make cinnamon rolls.

Lora Morrow said...

I would make some cupcakes with a cinnamon frosting

Chris Gambill said...

Looks amazing. Is there anything that can't be made in a cast iron pan?

Chris Gambill said...

Home made applesauce

Anu Singh said...

Um definitely these cinnamon rolls! No question about it!

Kristy said...

I use large amounts of cinnamon on my oatmeal every morning. I would use the cinnamon for that. I would probably also use it in some cookies. Oatmeal raisin.

keri @ shaken together said...

I'd make homemade cinnamon crisps for a sweet dip for Mothers' Day!

Jaime said...

I would make...cinnamon rolls! :)

Erin Mauro said...

I would make banana bread and cinnamon swirl muffins. This recipe looks awesome, too!!

R Sola said...

I add cinnamon sugar to scones and it makes it 100 times better. I love to put cinnamon in my morning oatmeal to spruce things up! :)

Sara said...

I would make carrot cake flavored everything!

momof2girls said...

I would make some of these.

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