If you are from central Illinios, then you are probably familiar with Jumer’s. For those who are not from my neck of the woods, Jumer’s was a small hotel and restaurant chain in central IL. The one in Bloomington specialized in French cuisine and the one in Peoria was German. Both have changed to different restaurants, but the Jumer’s Cinnamon Rolls will be remembered by many. At the table, they served a little basket of assorted breads and rolls and my favorite treat in that basket were these cinnamon rolls. They are not the gigantic Cinnabon type rolls slathered in cream cheese frosting. Instead, the Jumer’s Cinnamon Rolls are dainty little rolls dusted with cinnamon and sugar. They are simple to make and compliment any breakfast, brunch, or afternoon tea!
Jumer’s Cinnamon Rolls
3 1/2 C All Purpose Flour plus more for dusting
2 teas baking powder
1 1/2 teas salt
1/2 C cold butter
1/2 C warm water
1 1/2 teas yeast
3/4 C Cold water
5 TBS melted butter
1/2 C Sugar
2 teas cinnamon
Combine yeast and warm water and let this sit this aside.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder.
Cut in the cold butter and work either with a pastry cutter, fork, or your clean hands. Once the butter is all worked in, pour in the cold water.
Pour in the yeast, warm water mixture and combine to form a dough. You may need to add a few more tablespoons of water if needed. Knead this gently for just a couple of minutes and set aside for around 10 minutes.
In the meantime, combine the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
Melt the butter and set aside.
Once dough has sat for 10 minutes, divide it into 4 equal parts.
Roll out each part of the dough into a rectangular shape about 1/4 inch or so thick.
Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Roll up beginning with one of the longer sides to form a long roll.
Transfer the roll to a greased baking sheet.
Cut slits about an inch to inch and a half apart down the roll. Don’t cut all the way through the roll, though.
Repeat with the remaining dough. Once all the dough is on the baking sheet with the cuts down the roll, brush with remaining melted butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon and sugar mixture.
I do just one roll at a time with the butter and cinnamon and sugar to make sure all the butter does not dry so the cinnamon and sugar stick.
Bake the cinnamon rolls at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and transfer to serving platter or basket. They transfer easier if you didn’t cut all the way through the dough when making the slits.