Feb 082012
 

Cinnamon Twists

Your friends will rave about these. They’re great for a special treat with a fresh cup of coffee along side. Makes 2 Dozen.

6 Cups All purpose flour

½ Cup Sugar

2 packages of rapid rising yeast

1 teaspoon salt

1 Cup milk

½ Cup Water

2/3 Cup butter

2 Eggs

2/3 Cup firmly packed brown sugar

1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

2/3 Cup Dates (Optional)

2/3 Cup Walnuts (Optional)

Frosting

1/2  Cup Sifted Powdered Sugar and 1 Tbsp Milk

In a large bowl, combine 1½ cups of the flour with the sugar, yeast packages, and salt. Whisk dry ingredients evenly.  In a pan, heat together milk, water, and ¼ cup of the butter until warm (105 ~ 115 degrees).  Gradually add this mixture to the dry ingredients and using electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Add eggs and ½ cup of flour and beat 2 more minutes on high speed. With a spoon, continue to stir in enough flour to make the flour soft enough to knead by hand.  Next, you’ll place the dough on a floured surface and knead for approximately 6 minutes until dough has a smooth consistency.  Cover with a clean dry towel and let rest for 10 minutes.  Punch down the dough roll out to a 24×12 rectangle.

Melt the remaining butter and brush on dough.  Sprinkle the dates and/or walnuts to the dough.  Next sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon.  Fold the rectangle in half length wise and cut into 24 strips.  Twist each stripe once and lay on a large greased baking sheet.

Heat oven to 375 and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cool on a wire rack and prepare powdered sugar frosting by sifting the powdered sugar and slowly adding milk until frosting is smooth and thick.  With a fork, drizzle frosting diagonally across each cooled cinnamon twist.

Let frosting set before serving and enjoy!

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