Anyhow, the unusually filled cinnamon rolls were a hit with our Bible study group (and also my husband, who enjoys any departure from my "diet" which brings him baked goods)- and we girls devoured a few extra ourselves while watching "Emma" and feeling incredibly girly and indulgent. Nothing brings out the silliness like baking, a jar of Nutella, and sisters.
Nutella Cinnamon Rolls
makes approx. 16 cinnamon rolls
1 pkg. quick rise yeast (2 1/2 tsp)
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
3 3/4 cups flour
2 TB butter
2/3 cup Nutella
3 TB brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
In the bowl of your mixer, combine yeast and water, allow to rest 5 min. Add milk, butter, vanilla, salt, sugar and egg and mix well.
Add 3 1/2 cups flour and mix until dough comes together, adding remaining flour a tablespoon at a time until dough forms a slightly sticky ball. Knead on a floured surface or using the dough hook of your mixer until dough is smooth and elastic.
Grease a large bowl and place dough inside, turning once to coat. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place 1-2 hours. Dough is ready when doubled in size and indentations remain when you press your fingers into it.
Preheat oven to 350.
Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface into a 9x18 in. rectangle. Brush with the 2 TB melted butter. Spread Nutella evenly across the surface of the dough. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over Nutella.
Starting at a long side, tightly roll up the dough, pinching the ends to seal. Using a serrated knife, slice dough into 1 1/2 in. rounds. Place into two greased pie pans. Let rolls rise in pans 15 min.
Bake 12 min. or until lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly while you prepare the icing.
2 cups powdered sugar
2 TB Nutella
2 TB butter, melted
3 TB milk
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth, then pour over cinnamon rolls while still warm.