For the dough:
¾ cup warm whole milk
2 ¼ teaspoons quick rise or active yeast
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
¼ cup salted butter, melted
3 cups all purpose flour, plus more if needed
1 teaspoon salt
For the filling:
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 -3/4 cup Arhumatic rum-soaked raisins
For the icing:
1/4 c lemon juice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2-3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
Scant pinch of salt
Warm milk to around 110 degrees F - it should feel warm to the touch but not hot. It should be like warm bath water. Transfer warm milk to the bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle yeast on top. Add in sugar, egg, egg yolk and melted butter. Mix until well combined. Next stir in flour and salt with a wooden spoon until a dough begins to form.
Place dough hook on stand mixer and knead dough on medium speed for 8 minutes. Dough should form into a nice ball and be slightly sticky. If it's TOO sticky (meaning it's sticking to the bottom of the mixer, add in 2 tablespoons more bread flour.) If you don’t want to use an electric mixer, you can use your hands to knead the dough for 8-10 minutes on a well-floured surface.
Transfer dough ball to a well-oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel. Allow dough to rise for 1 hour to 1 ½ hours, or until doubled in size. This may more or less time depending the humidity and temperature in your home.
After dough has doubled in size, transfer dough to a well-floured surface and roll out into a 14x9 inch rectangle. Spread softened butter over dough, leaving a ¼ inch margin at the far side of the dough.
In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon. Use your hands to sprinkle mixture over the buttered dough, then rub the brown sugar mixture into the butter. Spread a thin layer of rhum-soaked raisins over top.
Tightly roll dough up, starting from the 9-inch side and place seam side down making sure to seal the edges of the dough as best you can. You will probably need to cut off about an inch off the ends of the dough as the ends won’t be as full of cinnamon sugar and raisins as we’d like it to be.
Cut into 1 inch sections with a serrated knife. You should get 9 large pieces. Place cinnamon rolls in a greased 9x9 inch baking pan or round 9 inch cake pan. (I also recommend lining the pan with parchment paper as well, in case any of the filling ends up leaking out.) Cover with plastic wrap and a warm towel and let rise again for 30-45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and towel and bake cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes or until just slightly golden brown on the edges. You want to underbake them a little so they stay soft in the middle, that’s why we want them just slightly golden brown. Allow them to cool.
While cooling, mix icing ingredients in a small bowl, sifting sugar to remove lumps. Mix well and set aside. When rolls are cooled, drizzle desired amount of icing over top.
Makes 9 cinnamon rolls.