I am always asked to make cinnamon rolls for holiday occasions. It goes back to my grandmother, who started the tradition. I was the only one in the family to whom she passed on her recipe.
While I almost always make them completely from scratch, I do sometimes resort to a short cut using Pillsbury’s Hot Roll Mix. It cuts the time required for rising severely and that is important when you are in a hurry.
Next to my grandmother’s personal dough recipe, I think Pillsbury’s Hot Roll Mix stands up pretty well. It is by no means perfect but it is an excellent starting point.
Pillsbury’s Hot Roll Mix comes in a 1 lb-box. The dough made from this box can be used for cinnamon or hot rolls as well as for pizza.
There are 15 servings per box, which is about right. You can get between 12 and 15 cinnamon rolls from this dough, depending on their individual size.
There are approximately 130 calories per serving when you use the dough straight. If you add ingredients to it that, of course, ups the calorie content significantly.
Of the 130 calories in a dough serving, 30 of them come from fat. That equates to 1.5 grams of fat. However, none of it is trans fat.
One serving of Pillsbury’s Hot Roll Mix also contains 21 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of sugar and 210 milligrams of sodium. To the positive, it also provides 4 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. Additionally, it offers 10% of the daily-recommend amount of folic acid and thiamin; 8% of the required riboflavin; 6% of the needed niacin; 6% of the recommended amount of iron and 2% of the required vitamin C.
Ingredients in this mix include cottonseed oil, dry yeast, enriched wheat flour, malted barley flour, nonfat dry milk, partially hydrogenated soybean and salt. It also contains ascorbic acid and soy lecithin. The wheat flour is enriched with folic acid, iron, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin mononitrate.
Making the dough recipe is easy. All you need to supply is 1 cup of hot water, 2 tbsp. of softened butter or margarine, one egg, 2 tsp. shortening and .25 cup of flour.
Pour the ingredients of Pillsbury’s Hot Roll Mix into a large bowl. Then pour the dry yeast over the top. Mix the two together so that the yeast is well distributed throughout the flour mixture.
Next, add the hot water, butter or margarine and egg. Continue stirring the dough until it gets sticky and begins to separate itself from the sides of the bowl.
Put shortening on your hands before you shape the dough into a ball. The shortening will keep the dough from sticking to your hands.
Begin kneading the dough, sprinkling small amounts of flour over the top as needed to keep it from sticking to your hands. Continue kneading for about 5 minutes.
Cover the dough and let it stand for at least 5 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes. Now it is ready to shape as desired.
Roll out the dough using a floured rolling pin for making pizza crust or cinnamon rolls. Once it has reached about a .25″ thickness, it is ready for the ingredients to be added to it.
If you are just using the dough for hot rolls, pinch off small balls to form rolls. However the dough is being used, it will need to rise at second time for around 30 minutes. Be sure to cover the dough during this process.
Once it has risen for the second time, the dough is ready to be baked. Bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit for between 15 and 20 minutes. Serve as desired.
This is a good dough recipe for both cinnamon and hot rolls. I’m not crazy about it for pizza but tastes change from person to person.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. This is good dough. It isn’t as good as my grandmother’s, but it will do in a pinch.
Freshness: 5 stars. If you keep the mix sealed until you are ready to use it, it will last a long time. The real problem could lie with the yeast, which does need to be used in a timely fashion. In either case, Pillsbury prints a “use by” date on the top of each box of their Hot Roll Mix. If you follow that guideline and discard any product beyond that date, freshness should be maintained.
Variety: 4 stars. The dough mix itself comes in a single white variety. There are; however, a lot of different things you can do with the mixed dough. I use it for cinnamon rolls but it is also good for hot rolls and for pizza dough. My daughter even uses it to make pigs in a blanket for my grandson.
Nutrition: 4 stars. Pillsbury Hot Roll mix is high in carbs to be certain. However, its fat and sugar intake is minimal. Sodium is moderate, while this mix contains no cholesterol. To its good size, this dough mix provides some protein and fiber. However, it is rich in valuable vitamins. It’s a trade off that one has to decide whether or not they will make. All in all, I consider it a good one as long as the product is used moderately.
Green value: 5 stars. The packaging is either biodegradable or recyclable.
Packaging: 5 stars. The packaging done in brown and blue with the Pillsbury Boy featured, along with a picture of fresh hot and cinnamon rolls. The Pillsbury logo is also prominently display as is the Red Star Dry Yeast logo. Since Pillsbury is one of the few products of its kind on the market today, it should be easy to find on a store shelf.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The package measures 7″ by almost 4.5″ by nearly 2.5″. The box is small enough to fit in most kitchen cabinets or cupboards as well as kitchen pantries and even some kitchen drawers.
Availability: 3 stars. Most major grocery stores and large discount department stores carry Pillsbury’s Hot Roll Mix with a large good section. It is; however, not carried by every super market so it could take time to locate the product for purchase in some areas.
Price: 5 stars. The cost is reasonable at well under $2 per box.
Product purchase probability: 5 star. I also have this on hand in the event I need to make cinnamon rolls in a hurry.
Final rating: 4.6 stars. This mix is great when you don’t have time to cook from scratch.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor