Who doesn’t love a Cinnamon Bun, the combination of cinnamon and cardamom fills your kitchen with a gorgeous sweet spice, just while you’re making the dough.
Though I love buying a CiniBun on the high street and the joy of opening your paper bag and the sweet scent enticing you to rip it open. They are also easy to make at home and then you can have more than one too.
You can make the dough on day or the night before and shear ease a stand mixer helps. It’s great waking up knowing you’ve got the dough ready to make Cinnamon Buns for breakfast.
I’ve found that by making them in a muffin tray you get a nice rise in the middle of the bun too.
Another variation on Cinnamon Buns is to make a Cinnamon and Chocolate Spread Fold, for which I tend to spread the dough. The recipe is here.
Obviously there’s a lot of sugar and cinnamon in these. In total you’ll need 140g sugar and 3 tbsp cinnamon, I’ve split out the ingredients below.
Ingredients – makes 12.
- 100g butter
- 200ml milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 500g bread flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp cardamom (10 pods)
- 4 tbsp (35g) caster sugar
- 100g butter
- 70g caster sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 35g caster sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon mixed together.
- An egg
You’ll also need a muffin tin with 12 holes.
- Melt the butter, milk and salt in a sauce pan over a medium heat. Don’t allow to boil. Once melted allow to cool until it’s lukewarm.
- Smash open the cardamom pods and get the seeds out the middle
- If using a mixer put the flour, cardamom, sugar, eggs, yeast and milk in bowl and put the mixer on low until combined, then turn up a notch and mix for 5 minutes.
- If making by hand put the flour, cardamom, sugar, eggs, yeast and half the milk in bowl. Mix together with a spoon or fork until it’s combined and then add the remaining milk.
- Then turn out onto a floured surface and kneed for 5 minutes.
Put in the bowl and cover with cling film or a shower cap. Leave to rise for 2 hours or overnight.
To make the filling
- About 20 mins before you are going to make the buns get the butter out of the fridge to warm up.
- Then add the butter, cinnamon and sugar to a mixing bowl and mix together either by hand or using the creamer attachment on a mixer.
At this point also grease a muffin tray with butter.
To make the buns
- Put the oven on at 180c
- Empty the dough out onto a floured surface.
- Knock the air out of the dough and then roll out into a square about 40cm on each side.
- Then using a spatula spread the filling all over the dough.
- Roll the dough as tight as possible.
- Then cut into 12 equal pieces.
- Place each piece into one of the muffin holes.
- Then beat the egg and brush on each roll.
- Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
Then bake for 12 minutes.
Eat warm, with a strong coffee, cup of tea or some hot chocolate.