The Cinnamon Bun Rescue

 

 

When I was a little girl my Mom would bake bread every so often. It was an all day project yielding dozens of loaves, most of which were destined for the big chest freezer, and from there, loaf by loaf to our lunch boxes. She usually did this when my sisters and I were at school. I loved Bread Baking Day because the last lump of dough was always made into cinnamon buns, and thoughtfully timed so that they were coming out of the oven (smelling utterly divine) just as we girls walked in the door after school. Thusly began my long, affectionate, decadent (and sometimes rocky) relationship with cinnamon buns. All would be smooth sailing, I’m sure, if only they were healthier.

 

Sigh… The carbs! The butter! The sugar!

 

…Well it seems that nothing can be done about the carb guilts. But ah! …the sugar guilts can easily be done away with now, armed as we are with some new knowledge and having done some recipe trials. And as a bonus, the said new knowledge also kindly lifts the butter guilts – it turns out that there’s hardly anything healthier than good old delicious butter! (Yes, veggies, I know, but they have no place in this paragraph, so shh). Two guilts down, one to go.

 

And we are back to just carb guilts. Happily though, I can handle that once in a while.

 



This is one of those whiles.

 

 

Of all the cinnamon bun recipes I’ve tried I like this one best. Most home baked cinnamon buns need to be eaten pretty quick or they dry out (full sugar or fructose-free, it makes no difference). But these stay nice and soft and seem freshly baked a day later (I can bring out witnesses to this phenomenon if you don’t believe me!). This recipe saves sweetening the buns until we drizzle them with glaze icing just before serving, so they stay soft (instead of letting the dextrose sit all over them, sneakily drawing the moisture out while we wait to indulge).

 

Of course they tend to do a quick disappearing act right after leaving the oven. But theoretically, it’s possible to surprise everyone in the house with fresh cinnamon buns some Saturday morning (and not have to get up at 4am in order to do so). If you want to bake now and serve later, this is your recipe. They are quite delicious now though, so good luck with that.

 


This recipe is adapted from the King Arthur Flour one and makes 18 buns

Cinnamon Buns
Soft and delicious. Fructose Free.
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Dough
  1. 3 1/2 cups (420 gr) bakers flour (plain/all purpose flour will work too if you haven't got that)
  2. 2 tsp instant yeast
  3. 2 Tbsp (20 gr) (I use a 20 ml tbsp not 15 ml!)potato flour (or 1/4 cup instant mashed potato flakes)
  4. 2 Tbsp (20 gr) milk powder (dry milk)
  5. 3 Tbsp (35 gr) dextrose
  6. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  7. 4 Tbsp (60 gr) softened butter
  8. 2/3 cup (150 gr) lukewarm water
  9. 1/2 cup (115 gr) lukewarm milk
  10. Filling
  11. 1 Tbsp cinnamon (20 ml)
  12. Topping
  13. 2 Tbsp melted butter
Cinnamon Glaze Icing
  1. 1/4 cup (60 gr) cream cheese
  2. 2 Tbsp cream
  3. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1 cup dextrose
Buns
  1. Oven temp 160C (320F)
  2. 1. Add all of the dough ingredients to a large bowl, mix and knead. You can use your hands, a mixer with a dough attachment, or bread machine with dough setting (I use my thermomix).
  3. 2. When the dough is smooth and soft, shape it into a ball, and put it in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl, leave it in a warm place and let it rise for about 90 minutes (or till doubled in size).
  4. 3. Gently punch the dough down, and place it on a lightly greased surface.
  5. 4. Roll the dough out into a rectangle shape about 30cm (12in) by 46cm (18in). Sprinkle all over with cinnamon (I like to use a small sieve).
  6. 5. Starting from the long side, roll the dough up into a long log and pinch the edges together to seal. You can stretch the log a bit if the dough has 'shrunk' during rolling.
  7. 6. Using a ruler or tape measure, make a knife mark on the log at 2.5cm (1 in) intervals. Cut the dough into rolls using your marks to make them even. The easiest, neatest way is to use dental floss for this. Slip a string of floss under the log, bring the ends together over one of your marks and pull tight till the floss cuts right through.
  8. 7. Place the cut rolls into a greased baking pan, spacing them evenly apart. I use a 33x23x5cm (13x9x2in) ceramic baking dish, but you could use two smaller ones, or whatever other convenient pans you have on hand.
  9. 8. Let the buns rise until they are all puffy and cozily crowded together, about 90 minutes.
  10. 9. Bake at 160C (320F) for 20-24 minutes, turning half way through (unless your oven bakes more evenly than mine). They should look golden brown, and spring back when gently touched in the center.
  11. 10. Brush the buns with melted butter (I like salted butter for this). Let them cool slightly (if you can resist that long).
Cinnamon Glaze Icing
  1. 1. Add cream cheese, cream, cinnamon, and dextrose to a small saucepan, heat on medium until the cream cheese melts and the dextrose dissolves. I use a stick blender to help blend the last few stubborn bits of cream cheese in, but a whisk will work too.
  2. 2. Separate buns and spoon cinnamon glaze icing over them (letting a little bit drip deliciously down the sides to pool on the plate ready to be mopped up by the non-iced inside bits...) And serve. Savour or devour at your preference (I savour, Lincoln devours).
If you want to serve them later...
  1. 1. Brush with melted butter, let cool, then cover tightly with plastic wrap. Or freeze in foil. Just before serving, heat in oven at 200C (350F) for 10 minutes (a bit longer if frozen).
  2. 2. Serve with glaze, amazing all and sundry with your fresh homemade cinnamon buns (that appear to have been whipped up in a few minutes with magician-like kitchen prowess).
Adapted from Arthurs Flour
Adapted from Arthurs Flour
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