Posted by: gargupie | October 5, 2010

Homebound Dessert – Cinnamon Buns

While homebound (due to my accident), I decided to get back to my baking mode.  I remembered I bought a couple of yeast packets, still stored in the cabinet.  I was not brave enough to bake bread from scratch (I have tried before, but failed…) so I decided to bake something sweet with yeast, so what is better looking and a more appealing to your olfactory than cinnamon buns?

I think the only challenging part is the wait…waiting for the dough to rise in the bowl…and then waiting again for the dough to rise in the baking pan. But the efforts were all worthwhile.  What came out looked quite amazing, if I say so myself. I did not add any nuts, raisins, or frosting, but by all means, go for one or ALL to your liking.  Still got two more yeast packets, now what to do with those…

Dough

1/2 cup warm water

2 teaspoons sugar

1 packet of dry yeast

1 cup milk (I would suggest whole milk)

1/3 cup butter, cut into pieces

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup white sugar

1 large egg (room temperature)

4 -5 cups white flour 

Filling

1/2 cup soft butter

1 cup brown sugar

3 -4 teaspoons cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

  • Proof the yeast with 2 teaspoons sugar in 1/2 cup warm water until foamy.
  • Melt milk and butter cubes in the microwave for about 1 minute, then add salt and sugar.
  • Add the mixture to sifted flour and add egg.
  • Add yeast.
  • Knead and add in more flour as needed to create a soft smooth dough (8-10 minutes).
  • Remove to a lightly floured surface, cover with a clean towel and allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and place into a greased bowl; cover and rise for about 1-1/2 hours or until doubled (depending on how warm your kitchen is).
  • Punch down the dough and allow to rest in bowl for 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar with cinnamon.
  • Transfer to a floured surface and roll into about 18 x 13-inch rectangle.
  • Spread the softened butter over the dough.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly over the butter (this is when you spread the raisins and/or nuts as well.
  • Slowly roll the dough tightly. 
  •  Using a serrated knife to slice the dough log into even pieces.
  • Butter a cake pan and place the pieces into it.
  • Cover with a clean towel and rise again (about an hour) 
  • Bake in a 375 degrees F oven for about 25 minutes.
  • FINALLY! Let cool and enjoy! I could not wait and sliced a piece. Buttery…fluffy…cinnamony…a perfect fall plate.

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    Responses

    1. Cinnamon Buns baking is the best smell in the world! 🙂 Yours look delicious. Hope you’re feeling better!

    2. nice! i’m just picturing me eating these while drinking coffee.

      • Cappucino perhaps?:)

    3. oh damn, missed that you got into an accident! At least you have sugar-infused bread 🙂 right?

      Get better fast!

      • Thanks Nicholas. That means a lot. 🙂

    4. Mmmmm, I can practically smell these cinnamon buns! Thanks for sharing! Hope you’re doing okay!


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