Sunday, January 06, 2008

Cinnamon Buns

Breakfast-time and what to do? Well, when you've gotten your cinnamon dough ready the night before there really isn't much to do! Freshly baked cinnamon buns are one of the best breakfasts out there. The smell of the bubbly cinnamony mixture coming out of the oven just makes me want to jump up and down and scream "Good morning world!"

Cinnamon Buns

- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp yeast
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup butter
- One quantity of cream cheese icing or apricot jam


1. Combing milk and butter in a saucepan and heat until butter melts. Add in water and remove mixture from heat.
2. Combine sugar, salt, flour and yeast in a separate bowl.
3. Gradually add the warm (but not scalding) liquid mixture to the flour mixture, stirring continually.
NOTE: if liquid is too hot, the yeast may be killed and fermenting will be impossible.
4. Knead together the dough, just until it comes together. Place dough in a greased bowl and let rest in a warm location for 1hr.
5. Roll out the dough into a long rectangular shape. Spread dough with butter and sprinkle on the combined brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
6. Roll dough, in a swiss-roll like fashion, and slice the log into rolls. Let rest for 30minutes.
7. Place rolls on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cream-cheese Icing

Mix together 1/3 cup cream cheese, 4 tbsp of butter, 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1 1/2 cup of icing sugar until well combined. Spread on cinnamon buns.

My friend, who works at a bakery, actually helped me make these. She suggested that we top half of the buns with apricot jam... I was skeptical, but they were actually really tasty.

Here are the ones with the delightful and classic cream-cheese icing.

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