Saturday, 9 May 2015

Let's cook! Cinnamon buns!!

Hello Lovelies!

It's been awhile since we've had a Let's Cook! post - A friend of mine really wanted some Cinabons and I offered to make her these - she said they taste just like the ones from the shop! So I thought I'd share with you how to make some tasty cinnamon buns. Perfect for morning coffee and super easy to make, you can make these in no time at all!

You will need

For the dough
  • 250ml milk
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 75g butter, melted
  • 650g white bread flour + some for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 Standard pack of yeast

For the filling

  • 225g dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 75g butter, soft enough to spread

For the icing

  • 200g (7 oz) icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2-3 tablespoons Water

Place all of the dry dough ingredients in a bowl and mix together.

Create a well in the centre.

Heat the milk up till it’s just warm - it needs to be warm to activate the yeast and which will make the dough rise, I put mine in a bowl in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds. Pour this into the well in the centre.

Melt the butter - again I used to microwave for about 30 seconds. When melted pour this in
with the milk.

 Crack the eggs into a separate bowl or jug and whisk with a fork, add these to the liquids.

Here comes the messy bit! Stir everything with a wooden spoon until you have something that looks like the above. Next you need to dust your hands with flour (To stop the wet dough sticking so much) and knead the dough until everything is blended properly.

Once it’s been kneaded it should like this. If you’re finding the dough is still a bit wet, add a little flour and knead it in.

Cover the bowl with a warm damp cloth, and leave it somewhere warm to rise for an hour.

The dough should have roughly doubled in size in the hour. Remove the wet cloth.

Grease and line a baking tray (Lining the tray will help with clean up later!)

Flour your surface that you are going to roll onto and dust the rolling pin with flour to prevent the dough from sticking.

Measure out the brown sugar and cinnamon and mix together.

Take your dough and roll out into a large rectangle. If you find it’s difficult to roll out try stretching it out to rough the shape you want.

Spread the dough with the butter quite thickly right to the edges

Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mix over the butter and flatten out with your hands - press it into the dough carefully.

Roll up the dough into a long sausage, tucking it under as you go. I found that it worked best to seal the edge with a little water.

Mark out 12 slices and using a sharp knife cut them.

Place in rows in the tray with enough room for the dough to expand in between them. Allow the buns to sit for half an hour. Whilst the dough is resting, pre-heat your oven to 200c.

After half and hour and when the oven is heated pop the buns into the oven for roughly 25 minutes - keep an eye on them, they are done once they have turned a golden brown colour. Whilst the buns are cooking, place either a sheet of grease proof paper or tin foil underneath a cooling rack - this will stop  any drips from syrup or icing from going onto your counter top.

Remove the buns from the oven once done, carefully use a knife to roughly cut out where the edges are, turn out on to the wire rack and separate each.

Mix up the icing sugar with the water and vanilla essence - you want it to be fairly runny.

Turn the buns up the right way and drizzle with the icing.

And that’s it! These are best served when warm but would make a tasty treat either way!

These are super easy to make so why not try it out yourself? Let me know how it goes in the comments!

Ta-ta for now

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