Sunday, June 22, 2008

Cinnamon Buns


Gooey yumminess.
(Pretend it's low-fat ;-)


Cinnamon Buns
Dough:
1 package fast-rising dry yeast
1/2 tsp. + 4 Tbls. sugar, divided
1/4 cup warm water (105F-115F)
3 cups flour, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
3 Tbls. butter, melted
1 large egg

Filling:
6 Tbls. melted butter, divided
2 Tbls. sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbls. cinnamon

Drizzle:
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 tsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

1- In a small bowl, start the dough: combine yeast, 1/2 tsp. sugar, and 1/4 cup warm water. Stir and let stand until foamy (about 5 mins).

2- In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, 4 Tbls. sugar, and 1/2 tsp. salt.

3- Add 1/2 cup milk, 3 Tbls. melted butter, 1 egg, and the foamy yeast to the flour mixture. Beat on medium speed for 2 mins. Mix in (by hand) the remaining 1-1/2 cups flour to make a soft dough. Knead dough on floured surface until smooth and elastic, adding additional flour as needed. Return to bowl, cover, and let sit for 10 mins.

3- In a small bowl, start your filling: 2 Tbls. sugar, 1/4 cup nuts, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1 Tbls. cinnamon. Roll the dough into a 12x10-in. rectangle. Brush dough with 3 Tbls. melted butter. Sprinkle the sugar mixture on top. Roll the dough up tightly from one long side. Cut the rolled dough into approximately 12 slices. Place in a greased (or non-stick) 13x9-in. baking pan. Brush the buns with the remaining 3 Tbls. melted butter. Cover, let rise in warm place for 30 mins. Bake for 20 min.s at 350F.

4- Prepare drizzle: Mix 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, 2 tsp. milk, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Drizzle on top of slightly cooled cinnamon buns.


*RD really likes the insides of his cinnamon buns to be super-gooey. So next time I'm going to up the proportions of ingredients for the filling. He also likes LOTS of drizzle so I'm going to double the drizzle recipe.

2 comments:

Carmine said...

OH my gosh and you even make the kind with the pecans in it?! I would eat the whole pan, if left unattended! :) LOL

I bet this recipe is WAY better than the pilsbury stuff in a can! Makes me wish I had a KITCHEN! Did you see the pics of our kitchen on my blog? It's the size of a small closet! That's NYC for ya!

Mel said...

Our kitchen's not terribly big either... every ounce of space gets used to it's fullest capacity. I keep telling RD that when we move I was a "freakin' huge" kitchen. It's my favorite room in the house. My little brother-in-law, Charles, is living in NYC for the summer and his kitchen is closet-sized, too! It apparently IS a NYC thing!