Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

These Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls are made completely from scratch (no cake mix boxes used here!). They are vibrantly red, have a gooey brown sugar and cinnamon filling and are topped with a rich cream cheese frosting.

         1 teaspoon yeast          1 cup buttermilk          ¼ cup granulated sugar          2 large eggs           ⅓ cup unsalted butter            5 cups all purpose flour          2 tsps red food colouring          1 tsp salt          ¼ cup butter           1 cup brown sugar           2½ tbsps ground cinnamon          8 oz cream cheese          ¼ cup unsalted butter           1 cup powdered sugar

Mix yeast, sugar and warmed buttermilk together. Add in eggs and melted butter and mix. Add ¾ of the amount of the flour to those ingredients and knead together.

Add in the salt and food colouring and a bit of the remaining flour at a time. Knead until the dough is not sticking and cleans the sides of the bowl. You may not need all the flour, or you may need a bit more.

Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and allow it to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Roll the dough into a 15x20 inch rectangle

Brush all over with melted butter. Generously cover the butter with the brown sugar and cinnamon.

Roll it up tightly, starting from the long end. Cut the dough into 12 equal rolls. 

Place the cinnamon rolls into a greased baking dish, cover and let rise until doubled in size.

Bake them in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes. Let them cool on a wire rack while you make the frosting.