Anne Burrell's No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls Are Next-Level Good
It's the ultimate breakfast flavor combo.
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When it comes to making brunch at home, take a tip from Anne Burrell — don’t skimp on the good stuff. Whether that means adding a little extra cheese to your omelette, topping your pancakes with a few more chocolate chips or, in the case of these Maple Bacon Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls, incorporating a little extra bacon flavor, the rule of less is more certainly does not apply.
When making these cinnamon rolls on the Food Network Kitchen app, Anne Burrell starts with a puff pastry, which she assures should always be bought rather than homemade (even restaurants buy puff pastry due to how labor intensive making your own can be). Along with cinnamon sugar, these rolls are filled with crispy bits of bacon and a sprinkling of golden raisins. Then, to top it off, she opts for a layer of both maple syrup and bacon fat where traditional recipes would call for butter. Topped with a decadent frosting (which also boasts a hint of syrup), these cinnamon rolls take about a half hour to pull together and about 25 minutes to cook. But the best part? You can prep them the night before, throw in the oven in the morning and have a breakfast treat ready for the family with little effort.
While this recipe is rather simple, there are some tricks that make pulling it together much easier. To start, Anne Burrell suggests dicing your bacon while it’s cold for a cleaner cut. Next, in order to have enough leftover fat to properly coat your puff pastry, add it to a cold pan and cook slowly over medium-low heat. This will allow the bacon to release the fat (also known as "rendering") rather than holding on to it, resulting in crispy bacon for the filling. While coating your dough, make sure to stop with about an inch at the top. This will make rolling up your dough a cleaner process and will give you enough dough at the end to close the roll up.
Once baked, the cinnamon rolls will puff up, leaving you with a flakey treat packed with flavor. Top with a homemade glaze, and they’re ready to serve. Whether you’re making something special for Mother’s Day this weekend or are looking for a fun morning project, there is one thing we can be sure of once you make these cinnamon rolls — you’ll want to make them again.