Cinnamon Buns

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Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups room temperature buttermilk
1 packet active dry yeast
3 3/4 cups all purpose flour*
3 large egg yolks, beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup + 1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened + 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Glaze
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Tiny pinch of sea salt (optional)

Directions:
To make the dough, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, yeast and 1 cup flour until well combined; sprinkle an additional 1 cup flour on top.  Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes or until bubbly and activated.  I place my bowl in the microwave with a hot cup of water.

Stir in remaining flour, egg, salt, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/4 cup butter until well combined and a dough ball forms.   Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic - about 5 minutes.  Place in bowl, lightly cover and allow to rise in a warm area for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.  Once again, I used my microwave/hot water.  You want a warm, moist environment.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 20x12 inch rectangle. In a medium bowl, stir together 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon until well combined.  Brush melted 2 tablespoons butter on top of dough; sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.  Roll up dough, jelly-roll style. Slice into 6 equal pieces. Place in a greased 13x9-inch pan. Lightly cover and allow to rise in a warm area for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Heat oven to 325 degrees F.  Bake rolls for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Drizzle with glaze.
To make the glaze, in a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, maple syrup, butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt until well combined.

Makes 6 huge cinnamon rolls

*May use more or less flour depending on humidity

42 comments:

  1. Anything with the words "cinnamon" and "buns" gets my attention! This is a pretty compelling endorsement, so I must try. That is unless you want to ship a box of them to me! Things always taste better when someone else makes them :) Seriously though, that pan of buns is perfection!

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    1. Hahah I would if I could! They might be old before you got them though. :)

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  2. These LOOK amazing and they're swirled so perfectly. Some buns don't have as many turns and they don't look as appealing. Making these asap!

    Sorry about the spilled mocha. I'd have cried.

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    1. Christina, I never can make cinnamon rolls look perfect! Mine are always too "loose". Oh I know. It was so sad. All of that wasted coffee...

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  3. These look AWESOME. I need a cinnamon roll immediately. :)
    Candle scents...I don't tend to like the pastry-themed ones because they just make me hungry. :) I tend to go for citrus or nature-themed ones (like rain, babbling brook, cotton, etc....don't know that they really smell like what they're supposed to, but I like 'em!)

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    1. Sara, thank you! Oooh citrus candles are nice. I forgot about those.

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  4. OMG! Can you send me one please? ;) They look huge and soft and perfect! I'm starving looking at these pics!

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  5. Oh man, those look incredible. Buttermilk makes everything better!

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  6. Ok, I'll take your word for it. ;)
    They do look amazing and nothing like snails.

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  7. Hi, I'm from the UK - how much yeast is in a packet of active dried yeast ? Also is that fast action or, um, slow yeast? I love your blog! I have dreams of going to pastry school now!

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    1. Hi Beckie, I used the "slow" yeast - active dry. The fast yeast is instant. 2 1/2 teaspoons. You should go! It's so much fun!

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  8. I have never made cinnamon rolls! but I have eaten a million! I just love them..I would love to try this recipe!
    my fave scent is laundry..I guess we wouldn't be fighting over candles!

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    1. Cinnamon rolls are so much fun to make! Hahaha that's true! You can have that laundry scent. ;)

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  9. YOu should definitely NOT feel bad about taking starbucks' wifi! That's what it's there for after all. :) And besides...think of how much they're overcharging you on drinks!

    These buns look magical.

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    1. Well, that's true! I spent a fortune there this week!

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  10. I should not have read this post before dinner. I'm hungry enough as it is. It's been too long since I've had a good cinnamon bun.

    I tend to prefer lighter, cleaner candle scents. I like light florals like lilac or those laundry scents you don't like. Ones that smell like dessert are too fake and sweet to me. I'd rather smell the real thing.

    I bought this Fall Festival candle for Thanksgiving one year hoping to counteract the cooking smells in the house. It REEKS! I never burned it again after that Thanksgiving and I can't bring myself to throw it out since it was so expensive so I just have it sitting in the spare room always tightly capped. Even so you can still smell it. Bleah!

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    1. I hate when that happens. :( Oh I do like lilac smells, those are nice.
      Yeah, I know what you mean about some of the scents smelling fake.

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  11. I would drive 100 kilometres for a good cinnamon bun, in this case thousands of miles:D

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  12. Oooooh! That microwave idea is awesome! Would have never thought of that. Thanks!

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    1. It's been working really well for me! The oven is too hot for proofing.

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  13. These looks absolutely perfect and I know I will enjoy these!!!! Gotta try your recipe!

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  14. Mmmm cinnamon buns, who can ever resist them? :)

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  15. How will this work with instant yeast?

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    1. Hi Janet, instant yeast is more powerful, so I think the dough would rise faster. I think it would work okay.

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  16. Why did you move away from Chicago?! I must have missed where you mentioned it in your blog. We had to move away from Chicago about a year ago because of my husbands job and I miss it all the time. Good luck in St Louis!

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    1. Hi Anon, Eric was transferred to St. Louis. We're going to miss Chicago, too!

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    2. Oh ok, I figured it might have something to do with work. I will make it back to Chicago one day. I love that city.

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  17. You have no idea how much I love cinnamon buns. They are my favourite sweet thing EVER!

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  18. I love the scent of cinnamon buns filling my home :) these look amazing!

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  19. hello, lovah! not only is the cinnamon bun scent my favorite candle, but they're pretty much my favorite thing to eat, too. (not the candles, of course.) (though those might be tasty too, for all i know.) :)

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  20. Where I'm originally from we have something called finger buns which are hot dog bun shaped sweet breads with raisins and decorated with a strip of pink icing but... I think cinnamon buns are better. That glaze is killing me - it's gorgeous! I love a good generous slather.

    I love baking cinnamon anything because the kitchen always ends up smelling so good.
    Judy

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  21. Oooo, I love the additions of buttermilk and maple syrup! Even before I read the recipe, I could tell from the photos that these were perfect! Mine would never look so perfect but with your recipe, they at least could taste the same. :)

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  22. Love your recipe!!!
    I just had to share this cheater's version of my recipe!
    http://dianereedwiter.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/pink-mixer/

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  23. I don't really understand the part "sprinkle and additional 1 cup of flour on top"... You just have to put the flour on top and not mix or what? And in the ingredients: active yeast. Just the package or already mixed with milk?

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