All you need is a cast iron skillet for an impressive dessert – my cinnamon roll recipe is bigger and bolder than ever.
Hi Bold Bakers!
I’m Gemma Stafford, professional Chef behind the online cooking show, Bigger Bolder Baking and the proud ambassador for GoodCook! As a Big and Bold Baker, I make it my mission to create recipes that blow your friends and family away and one of my favorite ways to do this is to take classic flavor combinations and transform them into fresh and new ideas.
My Giant Cinnamon Roll in a Skillet is like nothing I’ve ever made or tastedbefore. When you think of cinnamon rolls, you’re sure to think of a sweet yeasted dough stuffed with cinnamon sugar and covered in a sweet glaze. Well, imagine that same cinnamon roll but in the size of a skillet! Now that’s big.
HOW DO YOU MAKE HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS?
Although cinnamon rolls may seem like they require a high-level of skill, my giant cinnamon roll recipe breaks down all of the steps and makes baking so easy and fun. Baking a yeasted dough is really just a matter of combining wet ingredients into dry ingredients and then kneading the dough. I do this easily in a large stand mixer with a whisk attachment. After the dough is formed, the real work is done and all you need is time. The yeasted dough takes time to rise (or “proof”) and develop flavor, and is well worth the few hours it takes.
After your dough has proofed comes the fun part – rolling out the giant cinnamon roll! I roll the yeasty sweet dough into a large square and lather it with butter and a mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar. This will create that caramelly, sticky filling. The next step is where this recipe takes a turn for the bolder. Instead of rolling up the dough into little and traditional handheld rolls, I cut my dough into strips and wrap those up into my GoodCook 10′′ Cast Iron Skillet. I love to use this skillet for both sweet and savory cooking. It’s the perfect size for all kinds of baked goods – from tarte tatins to upside down cakes! Once the strips of dough are braided within the skillet, I let it
proof once more so that it grows into the most impressive giant cinnamon roll that you have ever see. For all the time it takes to rise, this giant cinnamon roll recipe bakes up in only 25 minutes.
I am telling you – this showstopper is well worth the wait!
BAKING HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS IN CAST IRON
Baking in cast iron is one of my favorite things as it creates a flavor like no other. If baking in a cast iron pan is something you’ve never tried before now is the time! My GoodCook 10 inch cast iron skillet is near and dear to my heart, as it heats ups super efficiently and retains just the right amount of heat when baking or cooking. This is ideal for baking things like homemade cinnamon rolls and other sweets as the cast iron is what really created all that caramelization that makes sticky buns or cinnamon rolls so crisp while having that sticky sweet outer layer. I can’t wait for you guy to give cast iron baking a go!
HOW DO YOU MAKE CINNAMON ROLL ICING?
No cinnamon roll recipe is complete without a thick layer of sweet and tangy glaze! My glaze is super simple and perfectly whips up while the giant skillet cinnamon roll is baking. After my giant cinnamon bun is baked and still warm, I generously cover it in the glaze. The glaze really absorbs into the giant cinnamon roll and uses cream cheese, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. This makes for a heavenly flavor combination of cinnamon roll frosting, yeasty light dough, and decadent cinnamon filling.
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Giant Cinnamon Roll in a Skillet
- 1⁄2 cup (4 fl oz/115ml) milk
- 1⁄2 cup (4 oz/115g) butter
- 1⁄2 cup (4 fl oz/115ml warm water
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1⁄4 cup (2 oz/57g) sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 cups (20 oz/568g) all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup (3 oz/85g) brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄2 cup (4 oz/115g) cream cheese
- 2 cups (8 oz/ 230g) powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. First make the dough: In a large stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment combine flour, cinnamon, sugar, salt and yeast.
2. In a separate jug, add the butter, water and milk then melt together in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
3. Add the eggs into the dry ingredients.
4. With the machine on medium speed, add in the eggs and slowly
stream in the wet ingredients allowing it to absorb into the flour and form a dough. Don't add in the liquid all at once, hold a little back allowing the dough to fully absorb the liquid. If it seems dry add the rest of the liquid, otherwise you can discard it.
5. Allow the dough to knead on medium speed for 6-8 minutes. Transfer the dough to a large bowl lightly greased with flavorless oil. Cover with cling wrap and proof until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 1⁄2 hours.
6. Once the dough has risen, knock the air out in the bowl then transfer to a lightly floured surface.
7. Roll out the dough to 18 inches by 12 inches and brush with butter. Dust over cinnamon sugar.
8. Next, use a GoodCook pizza cutter to cut the dough lengthwise into 2x6-inch strips to create the cinnamon roll shape.
9. Butter a GoodCook 10" Cast Iron Skillet and set aside.
10. For a more detailed explanation of the cinnamon roll assembly I suggest you watch the video.
11. To assemble the giant cinnamon roll, take one of the 6" strips and roll it up into a spiral shape, place it in the center of the GoodCook 10" Cast Iron Skillet. Next using the other strips of dough continue wrapping the remaining strips around until you have formed one large cinnamon roll.
12. Once your giant cinnamon roll is assembled in the skillet, allow it to proof once more for an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the top has risen.
13. Preheat your oven to 400oF (200oC) and bake for 20-25 minutes.
14. While the skillet cinnamon roll is in the oven make the glaze:
15. In a large bowl combine the soft cream cheese, milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth and set aside.
16. Remove the giant cinnamon roll skillet from the oven and allow to cool just slightly before pouring over the glaze.
17. Once room temperature, slice into 10 slices and serve.
Cover and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.