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Orange Ricotta Cinnamon Roll

posted Nov 6, 2016, 4:10 AM by Jenny Loh   [ updated Nov 6, 2016, 4:31 AM ]
We were walking along Yuyan Lu in Shanghai and came across a shop named Cinnamon Swirl.  It sells cinnamon  rolls  There's a long queue waiting to buy it.  Freshly rolled and baked, served with cream, chocolate or peanut butter.  Looks yummy. 

My husband says why don't you make it.  I'm like I made before but you don't eat them.  He said I will, well just one.  

Ok, I've don't cinnamon roll but I find most recipes end up having a hard bread after it cools down.  I recalled I have some ricotta left, and ricotta cheese tends to make breads soft due to its high fat content.  And ricotta with orange, that seems like an attractive combination. So here I am experimenting as I go along.  

250g bread flour
80g ricotta 
40g orange juice
130g water
1tsp salt
1tsp instant yeast
Lemon zest

Add these ingredients after 1st rise. 
Cinnamon powder

Using my Panasonic SD104 bread mixing mode, so easy, threw all the ingredients in and 
1 hr later,, it's risen nicely.  I took it out, fold and let rest.  

Using my rolling pin,  flatten it and roll out into rectangular shape.  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar. And I used orange sugar,  without measuring, just sprinkle enough to cover the whole surface.  Roll up, and sealed the ends. Using s rectangular pan,  I decided to have  9 pieces, cos it fits nicely into my pan.  

Let rise 1 hr.  Sprinkle a little of cinnamon on top. 
Bake at 190 degree for 15 mins.  The roll as expected, turns out really soft, with a tangy taste.  I think I just found a great way to make cinnamon rolls.