How To Make The Very Best Cinnamon Rolls

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Today it’s all about how to make the very best cinnamon rolls! By now you know I love to make bread, dinner rolls, and of course, cinnamon rolls. So, when one of my favorite online stores Pleasant Hill Grain asked me to do a review on a “proofer,” I was thrilled to try one. It’s called a Brod and Taylor Bread Proofing Box.

What is a Proofer?

A proofer is really a dough proofer. It is basically a warming chamber used in baking that helps encourage the fermentation of the dough by the yeast through warm temperatures and controlled humidity. You may hear it called a proofer, proofing box, proofing oven, or proofing cabinet.

While the proofer is helpful year-round, it’s especially helpful if your kitchen is drafty, or cool (through the winter, for example), and dry. 

How Can You Use A Bread Proofing Box?

  • It’s perfect for yeast bread and sourdough with just the right humidity and low consistent temperature needed.
  • You can turn any metal stockpot or Dutch oven into its own slow cooker by placing the pan directly on the heating plate.
  • It’s a dry proofer as well, which is perfect for culturing yogurt, butter, and fermenting foods such as kombucha, kefir, and tempeh. You will love melting chocolate, it’s so easy.

How To Make Cinnamon Rolls Using a Proofer

When I used to teach bread making classes in a few kitchen stores, I would see the “proofers” people would buy. I had never used one, so you can just imagine my excitement when I was asked to review one. I decided to show you how I make cinnamon rolls and how evenly the rolls were rising in this proofer.

How To Make The Very Best Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are super easy to make and come out so delicious. Here is how I made them using a proofer!

Step One

You can mix the dough by hand, but I recommend a bread machine. The first thing is to roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick into a rectangle 10-inches by 18-inches. Spread a layer of butter over the dough.

Step Two

After you spread the butter on the dough, sprinkle a lot of cinnamon on the dough. When I taught a class once a class member was surprised at how much cinnamon I use. That’s the secret, a lot of cinnamon makes the best cinnamon rolls.

Step Three

Sprinkle a little brown sugar on the top of the cinnamon.

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Step Four

Now, you roll the dough and get ready to cut the slices. Is your mouth watering, yet? I use a dough scraper to cut the cinnamon rolls. As you cut the slice you will tuck the end under the cinnamon roll and place it on the greased cookie sheet. I have the recipe below.

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Set-Up The Bread Proofing Box for the Best Cinnamon Rolls

Set up the Brod and Taylor Bread Proofing Box. It’s really quite simple to do. Because this dough is a yeast dough I filled the water tray with a little water to place in the proofer.

Set The Box In Place

You can see how I unfolded the box and put it in place, it’s very simple to set up.

Fill The Water Tray-Place The Rack

Fill the water tray and place it in the box. Next, you place the rack with the legs facing down.

Turn It On-Set The Temperature

Plugin the power cord and push the start button and set it at 90 degrees (yeast bread setting). You can see the button on the left showing pink/red.

It’s Ready When It Turns Green

Once the button on the left turns green it’s ready for the cinnamon rolls to be placed inside the box. You will not need a wet cloth/towel or greased plastic wrap to cover your cinnamon rolls because it has the correct humidity right inside the proofer.

You Can See The Best Cinnamon Rolls Rising as they cook.

Cinnamon Rolls Rise Evenly In The Proofer. That is why it is such a great idea to have one.

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Bake As Directed-Cool-Close And Store

My Review after making the Best Cinnamon Rolls

This Brod and Taylor bread proofing box is amazing! I have been making bread for over 50 years and never knew what I was missing. My cinnamon rolls came out better than ever! Here is what I love about the Brod and Taylor bread proofing box:

It Stores Easily

It’s so easy to store this box after closing it. You can store the power cord, the rack and water tray inside. It lays flat and measures 18 x 14.5 x 3″ high or 46 x 37 x 8 cm high.

It Maintains Temperature

The Brod and Taylor proofer accurately maintains the temperature you set. There is a range of 70-195 degrees Fahrenheit.

It has a Big Viewing Window

With a super-tough reinforced polypropylene large viewing window on this Brod and Taylor unit, I can see exactly how my dough is rising the whole way through the process.

It Comes with a Recipe Book

Included with my Brod and Taylor Bread Proofer was a 55-page booklet with recipes for yeast bread, sourdough, yogurt, butter, cheese, kefir, kombucha, tempeh, and various slow cooker recipes.

It Doubles as a Slow Cooker

If I don’t need two appliances to cook meals differently, I call that a win. This amazing appliance is not only a bread proofer, but also a slow cooker and a yogurt fermentor.

To use this as a slow cooker, you simply put it in slow cooker mode. The temperatures can be set from 85-195 degrees Fahrenheit. When using this mode, you will always want to cook on low temps and keep a lid on the pot. Keep in mind the rack and water tray are not used when slow cooking.

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The Best Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

Cinnamon Rolls-No Fail Recipe by FSM
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
  • 4 Teaspoons SAF Instant Yeast
  • 1/2  Cup Water
  • 2 Cups Warm Milk
  • 1/4  Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 4 Teaspoons Dough Enhancer
  • 2 Eggs
  • 6-7 Cups White Bread Flour (start with half of the flour and gradually add the rest until the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl)
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown sugar
  1. Place all of the ingredients in order into your mixing bowl. Be careful with the eggs not to add the warm milk too slowly or you will have scrambled eggs. Add half of the flour and keep adding the rest of the flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise the first time about an hour. Punch the dough down and roll the dough into two-12 inch by 18-inch rectangles. Lather with butter, sprinkle with desired cinnamon and brown sugar. Roll up tightly and cut into ½ inch rolls. Cover with greased plastic and let rise one more time about an hour or until double the size. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. Do not overbake. (Golden Brown) Frost with my cream cheese frosting while warm.

Related: Linda’s Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Final Word

Please let me know if you try making my cinnamon rolls and if you use a proofer! You know I love to hear from you! Life is so good when we know how to make bread, dinner rolls, and the very best cinnamon rolls.

Please be prepared for the unexpected, we can do this, I promise. May God bless this world, Linda

2 thoughts on “How To Make The Very Best Cinnamon Rolls

  • February 29, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Mmmm, have to try those cinnamon rolls! *Anything * with cinnamon (which is good as anti-inflammatory and blood-sugar regulation–yeah I suppose we *do* need that with the rolls…)

    I don’t have a proofing box… I use my microwave. No, really. I set a small glass of water in it and run it for 30-60 seconds, then quickly push the glass into the back corner and set in the bowl of dough. Close the door and leave it. It’s warm and moist in there, well insulated, usually rises quite well. (Of course it might not be big enough for a pan of rolls!) It’s one of the few ways I really use a microwave.

    • March 1, 2020 at 5:51 am

      HI Rhonda, I was sent that proofing box to do a review on it, I have made cinnamon rolls for 50 years and never “proofed” my bread or cinnamon rolls before. It was fun to try. I love making bread and cinnamon rolls with LOTS of cinnamon on them. I love hearing your proofing idea in the microwave! Love it! Linda


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