Quicker Cinnamon Buns

With lots of icing… keep it thick when mixing so it stays thicker when it hits the hot buns.

Two hours ago I was craving cinnamon buns… I’ve been good, so I thought replacing dinner with a cinnamon bun wouldn’t be so bad, but only if I made them myself instead of buying those salty chemically biscuit buns in the store [I love those too, but if I’m going to reward myself with a rare treat it’s going to be a good one].
Yum. It was worth the work (this version is much quicker than the yeast dough version, no waiting for dough to rise).
There’s still a dough to make, but it’s stickier, and instead of yeast it uses baking powder to rise. Genius. I still managed to make a mess and get flour and brown sugar all over the counter and floor.  🙂
I removed the cream cheese from the icing recipe and used powdered buttermilk instead of fresh. Powdered works perfectly… what a great ingredient! I also eliminated the ground cloves… not a flavor I want in my cinnamon buns!
It makes 8 buns at 386 calories per piece (if you follow my version… I can’t account for it if you add the cream cheese). The original recipe was from America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book. It’s the best baking book on the planet. I’ve loved everything I’ve made from this book. Such an awesome show too. Here’s my modified version.

INGREDIENTS [Note: I measured by weight when available]

3/4 cup (5.25 oz) dark brown sugar
2 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon [they only call for 2 tsp but I increased it a little]
1/8 tsp ground cloves [Omitted this]
1/8 tsp kosher salt

2 1/2 cups (12.5 oz) all purpose flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk (I made reconstituted with 5 tbsp powdered buttermilk and 1.25 cups water)
6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 cups (6 oz) confectioner’s sugar
3 oz cream cheese, softened [omitted this too]
3 tbsp buttermilk [I used only 2 tbsp], reconstituted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 425 F, move rack to middle of oven. Butter an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan (I used an 8″).
Mix all filling ingredients into a small bowl.
For the Buns: Whisk flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl. In a medium bowl whisk the buttermilk and 2 tbsp of the melted butter. Stir buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon until a dough forms, about 30 seconds. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth, about 1 minute.
Press the dough into a 12×9 inch rectangle and brush with 2 tbsp melted butter. Sprinkle filling over the dough leaving a 3/4 inch border along the top of the rectangle (the wide end of the top). Press filling to adhere it to dough.
Loosen the dough with a bench scraper and roll the dough into a tight log. Pinch the seam closed and roll the log seam side down (make sure log is still about 12″ long with an even diameter. Pat the ends of the cylinder to even them.
Slice the cylinder into 8 even rolls [should be about 1 1/2″ wide, mine were much wider and a bit looser, but it still worked fine]. TIP: flour a bread knife before making the cuts to avoid drag.
Arrange the rolls in the pan, cut side up. Brush with remaining melted butter.
Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden brown [mine took 27 minutes].
For the Glaze: Flip the rolls out on to a wire rack set over a sheet of parchment paper (for easy cleanup) and let cool 5 minutes. Whisk the confectioner’s sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla together in a medium bowl until smooth. [You would also whisk in the softened cream cheese if you used it in the recipe.]
Flip the rolls upright, drizzle with glaze, and serve immediately.
I stored the leftovers in tupperware. We’ll see how they taste at breakfast tomorrow.

Slightly blurry closeup… my hands were shaking because I couldn’t wait to eat it!   😉


Cinnamon Chip Muffins

I’ve been having baking withdrawal all February because everyone keeps coming to look at our house (but no offers yet) and I’m cleaning obsessively.
So I thought “what better time to bake something easy for a fun breakfast than a snow day”?
So much for that. King Arthur Flour quick bread/muffin mixes have been a disappointment. First we tried the cream cheese apricot one, which was way too nutmeggy, now the cinnamon chip. Way too much spice altogether (allspice?). Yuck.
I’m going to bring them to work tomorrow. Hope the dutch cocoa and blueberry ones I gave as Christmas gifts are better!

Swedish Tea Ring

I wanted to make cinnamon rolls for my Dad’s birthday and couldn’t find a recipe without dry milk, potato flakes, or other uncommon ingredients. This recipe is from the 1974 Betty Crocker Breads cookbook (thanks to Veronica for telling me about it!).

1. Yummy according to Chris.
2. Raisins plumped up nicely.

1. My dough took twice as long to rise as it should have…I noticed that the yeast wasn’t as active as usual, and should have dumped it, but continued… the ring was definitely smaller than it should have been. As a result, it was a little overcooked (since it didn’t rise well, it cooked in 2/3 of the time!)
2. I forgot to line the pan with parchment! Eek! That sugar is going to be hard to clean.
3. I tried adding vanilla to the icing, but added too much (1tsp). Next time try 1/4 tsp.


Here are photos of the 2-part recipe (one for the dough), one for the ring. Click on each photo to view full size.

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