I love a good challenge. Like making cinnamon rolls, 100% from scratch, in 1 hour. Think it can’t be done?
It can. With soft, fluffy, incredible results.
Lots of photos follow. Hopefully they’ll help twist your arm about what you should be doing the next hour.I loathe taking step-shots, but with yeast recipes, everyone says they’re really appreciated. You’re welcome.
The rolls are made with yeast, and while plenty of recipes exist for baking powder-based rolls, they always taste a little bit off to me. A yeast-based dough is really the only way to go for a truly authentic tasting cinnamon rolls.
To make them, I adapted and combined elements from Overnight Buttermilk Soft and Fluffy Cinnamon Rolls and One-Hour Soft Buttery Breadsticks in coming up with the dough and method (to my madness).
Buttermilk is one of the main reasons why I like my Overnight Cinnamon Roll recipe so well. It’s instrumental in helping the dough stay light, fluffy, soft, and tender. In that recipe there’s the luxury of letting the dough rise overnight if you want.
However, in this recipe, buttermilk is key in helping the dough rise without actually setting aside any time to rise, and it’s a must-use item, no exceptions.
This is not the recipe to play around with trying to make your own buttermilk with a squirt of lemon juice or vinegar into regular milk or try using Powdered Buttermilk. Use the real thing.