cinnamon rolls

#quarantineliferecipes haha. if there is such a thing.

to post or not to post, that is the question because:

  1. the internet has been pretty erratic lately (worse than usual). my husband theorizes that because everyone seems to be working from home, we are all sharing tidbits of the signal that we get from our providers.
  2. i live in a third world country where needy people feed (indulging, taking pleasure in) on the privileges of the rich while desperately trying to pull them down from their lofty thrones. Has it been that way everywhere? anyway, if i post about food, i fear that i will be deemed insensitive. i do not know, it’s just me and my extra precautions at this time. but i realized, this is my blog and i can do whatever i want with it. besides, i do not think i hoard (we only have six pieces of toilet paper as of the moment and two small bottles of alcohol) nor are we filthy rich to have such an advantage. seriously, it has been a tremendously challenging time, financially, mentally and emotionally (perhaps spiritually too as i depend on faith for everything). goodness, it’s been tiring. but if i need to quiet down for the sake of the troubled times, then i am good with silence. 🙂

day four of the enhanced community quarantine (in our country at least, that is how we call it), how has everyone been? if someone is actually reading this, i do pray you are taking care of yourself seriously take care and keep a social distance from people and have faith. this too shall pass (in Jesus’ name).

let’s rewind to a day before the philippines announced a major lockdown in the country. i was making cinnamon rolls in dad’s kitchen because i knew we will not be going to the mall anytime soon. and we love cinnamon rolls! (who doesn’t?) i followed tasty’s recipe to a tee.

in line with the social distancing, this was also the last time for the meantime that i used my dad’s house for anything. he is advanced in age and because andre and i have been scurrying out to collect a few things as much as we can before we are prohibited to do so; it just was not safe for dad to be exposed to us. better safe than sorry.

i left a dozen of cinnamon rolls for him to enjoy.

i do pray all of this chaos will end.

how are you guys coping? 🙁 i hope you and your family are safe.

cinnamon rolls



  • 2 cups whole milk(480 mL), warm to the touch
  • ½ cup sugar(100 g)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour(625 g), divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  • ¾ cup light brown sugar(165 g)
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • 4 oz cream cheese(115 g), softened and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar(120 g)


  1. make the dough: In a large bowl, whisk together the warm milk, sugar, and melted butter. The mixture should be just warm, registering between 100-110˚F (37-43˚C). If any warmer, allow to cool slightly.
  2. sprinkle the yeast evenly over the milk mixture, stir, and let sit in a warm place for about 10 minutes until the yeast has bloomed.
  3. add 4 cups (500 g) of flour to the milk mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  4. cover the bowl with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until nearly doubled in size.
  5. generously butter 2 9-inch (23 cm) round baking pans and set aside.
  6. make the filling: In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. mix well, then set aside.
  7. remove the plastic wrap from the dough and add the remaining cup of flour, baking powder, and salt. stir well, then turn out onto a clean surface. leave a bit of flour nearby to use as needed, but try not to incorporate too much.
  8. knead the dough for at least 10 minutes, adding more flour as necessary, until the dough just loses its stickiness and does not stick to the surface or your hands. the dough should be very smooth and spring back when poked.
  9. roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about ½-inch (1 cm) thick. Fix the corners with a bench scraper or a spatula to make sure they are sharp and even.
  10. spread the filling evenly over the dough. starting from one short end, roll up the dough into a log and pinch the seam closed. place seam-side down. trim any uneven ends.
  11. using unflavored dental floss (i used a knife), cut the log into evenly pieces, about 1½ inches (8cm) thick. place the cinnamon rolls in the prepared pans, 1 in the center and about 5 around the sides. cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for 35-45 minutes, until expanded by about half of their original volume. if you’re saving the cinnamon rolls for later, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for up 3 months.
  12. preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C). bake the cinnamon rolls for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
  13. while the cinnamon rolls are baking, make the frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. gradually add the powdered sugar and whisk until homogenous and runny.
  14. when the cinnamon rolls are finished, let cool for about 10 minutes. drizzle the frosting over the cinnamon rolls, using the back of a spoon to spread if desired.
  15. enjoy!

stay safe everyone!


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