The smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns is heavenly. Warm fragrances of brown sugar and cinnamon can be simply irresistible. However, with previous failed attempts of making cinnamon buns, I wondered, why try again? The thought of wasting that much bread again was rather distasteful. But I became a little brave one time and decided to give it one last try. This time, I mashed two separate bread recipes to create this sweet cinnamon bun recipe. The final product turned out delicious and I was finally satisfied!
Give it a try. Do not be intimidated by yeast. It won’t bite…promise!
Perfect Cinnamon Buns
Makes 30 large buns
1 cup warm water (100-120 F)
4 Tbsp quick active yeast (I use Fleishmann’s)
2 Tbsp honey
1 cup milk
8 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
3-4 Tbsp cinnamon powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
- Heat the oven to about 250 F for only 2-5 minutes. Then, turn it off. Be sure it’s not too hot or else the dough will cook while rising.
- In a mixing bowl, add warm water, yeast and honey. Stir until blended. Let sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam at top.
- Add milk and stir. Set aside.
- In a separate heat-safe mixing bowl, add flour, butter, eggs, sugar and salt.
- Pour the liquid mixture over the flour mixture and knead. If you have a Kitchenaid mixer, using a kneading hook, blend for about 5 minutes until the dough as formed and leaves the sides of the bowl.
- Coat your hands with a little bit of oil (so the dough doesn’t stick while working) and remove the dough from the bowl. Knead for a few times and form a ball. Coat the bowl with some oil and place the dough back in.
- Place the dough into the warm oven to rise for about 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size.
- In the meantime, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon for the filling.
- Remove dough from oven and punch down. Knead for a few times and divide dough into 2 balls.
- Using one ball, roll out with a rolling pin. Form a large rectangle about 12″ x 15″ or until the down is about 1/2″ thick.
- With a spatula, spread half of the butter over the surface of the rolled out dough.
- Generously spread half of the filling mixture over the butter. Do not worry if it seems too much.
- Carefully begin to roll the dough lengthwise to form a log (you will be rolling along the shorter side so that the log remains 15″ long). Once rolled into a log, gently pat it so the log is even in width. If the ends are more narrow than the centre, simple press the ends inwards with your palm and gently pat down the centre. NOTE: Check this out for a nice step-by-step guide with photos on how to roll up the dough.
- Now, using a knife, lightly mark 1″ lines along the log. This is where you will cut the log to form buns.
- Carefully begin to cut out the buns and place them in a prepared cookie sheet or baking tray. Keep about 1 inch apart.
- Once all the buns are cut out and placed on the tray, place back in the warm oven to rise for about 30-40 minutes. In this time, they will double in size and the sides will begin to touch one another to appear like one large loaf.
- Remove the tray from the oven and heat the oven to 350 F. Once fully heated, place the tray back into the oven. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until golden on the top. Be sure to keep an eye on them near the end of the baking time to ensure the sugar filling is not burning at the bottom.
- Once baked, remove from the oven and serve warm.
Serve hot as is or drizzle with your favourite icing or glaze.