Last weekend we were graced with the tail end of a hurricane leaving everyone in England to come indoors, and get Autumnal. I embraced the pocket of Autumn in the middle of the Summer by making cinnamon buns for the first time, and now I will be doing this for evermore.
The recipe made 4, but they were pretty big so you can cut them into smaller slices and they’d still be fine.
250ml milk, warmed
1 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp salt
450 plain flour
3 tsp dry yeast
100g butter, melted
Cinnamon, sugar and margarine to smother over the dough
Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl, and pretty soon it will get dry enough for you to get stuck in with your hands, and knead it. The dough is so much softer than bread dough, it’s lovely to work with. Now knead the dough for about 10 minutes and then pat it into a ball and leave to rest for about half an hour. Preheat the oven to 175C and then start imagining how lovely your cinnamon buns are going to be for a while until you’re ready for the next stage.
When your ball of dough has risen and you are really hungry and cannot wait any longer, roll your dough into a rectangle, try to get it about 20cm long and 12-15 cm wide. When it’s about the right size, smother some butter on it, (make sure it has been rested out of the fridge and isn’t all hard) and then sprinkle a ridiculous amount of cinnamon evenly across it and then a reasonable amount of brown sugar. You can do it to your own taste you don’t have to put a ridiculous amount on if you’re not that way inclined. Now roll it up swiss roll style. Now cut the roll up into slices, as many as you can fit, 4 – 6 I would say. Lay the slices onto your baking tray, bearing in mind they will grow in size so give them room. And then sprinkle the top with more brown sugar. This is a little tip, so that you get the lovely caramelised sugary bits at the top which are all chewy and nice.
After about 15 minutes in the oven, take them out, eat one, give another to your favourite person, and hide the rest under your bed so no-one else can eat them except you.