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Friday, April 8, 2011

Easy Cinnamon Buns

I like cinnamon buns. They use only ingredients I anyhow have around the house and get for cheap, and because they use regular bread dough, I just make a larger batch of dough when I'm baking bread and use some of that for my cinnamon buns.

Here's how to make cinnamon buns in few, simple steps.

1. Mix up a batch of bread dough. I don't usually follow a recipe, I just throw together a bit of flour, water, yeast, sugar, oil, vital wheat gluten, salt, and instant mashed potatoes until I get the right consistency, but if you want a recipe for bread, look below for a white flour recipe, or here for a whole wheat bread recipe.

2. Let the bread dough rise until doubled.

3. Mix sugar and cinnamon, with the ration of 1 cup of sugar to 1 tablespoon cinnamon.

4. Take a chunk of bread dough, and roll it out in a wide, long rectangle. I usually make mine 1 foot long and at least 6 inches wide.

5. Rub the top of the dough with oil. Sprinkle the whole thing with your cinnamon and sugar mixture, making sure to get all the edges.

6. Roll up the dough the long way- you want as many layers of cinnamon as possible. You should end up with a short, thick log.

7. Slice the long into 2-3 inch slices, and place them cut side up on a cutting board. You may need to pinch the sides closed so it doesn't unravel.

8. Repeat with all the dough.

9. Let rise for 30-45 minutes, and then bake at 350 until they're all golden and the sugar is melty, probably between 20-45 minutes, depending on the type of dough you use and size of the rolls.

Enjoy!

White Bread Recipe:
Ingredients:

1.5 c warm water
4 tbsp oil
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
4 c flour
1.25 tsp yeast

Instructions:
1. Mix all ingredients.
2. Let rise for 1-2 hours in a warm place.
3. Shape and let rise for 30 minutes.
4. Bake until golden.

Do you make cinnamon buns ever? Do you like them?
What's your easy "go to" desert when you need to make something?

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