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you were at my house for breakfast this morning?
See, when I can’t sleep for whatever reason, I usually get up. No sense staring at the ceiling for hours. Then, when I’m up, I usually bake. Someone should benefit from my insomnia, don’t you think?
This morning I baked cinnamon buns from a recipe I got from WhatsCookingAmerica.net. They are some of the best cinnamon buns that I have made or tasted. I have adapted the recipe for my own taste.
Recipe – Ingredients (Buns)
1 cup milk (heat 1 minute in microwave)
1/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 cups bread flour
3 teaspoons yeast
1. Mix together all ingredients in order given in stand mixer until well blended. Knead for approximately 3 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Remove from mixing bowl, place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled. About 1 hour.
2. After dough has risen, roll out into a rectangle about 13 x 9.
3. Use butter from filling recipe to spread across entire surface of dough.
4. Spread filling over butter.
5. Roll dough up into a log.
6. Cut into 14 pieces.
7. Place 7 pieces into one round 9 inch cake pan. Place the other 7 pieces into the other cake pan. Make sure that they are not touching.
8. Cover and let rise again, about one hour until they have doubled and are touching each other.
9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
10. Cook buns in oven for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown.
11. Remove and frost with glaze (recipe below).
Ingredients – Filling
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
5 T. cinnamon
Mix together the cinnamon and sugar to form a cinnamon sugar. You will sprinkle this over your dough after you spread with the butter.
Ingredients – Frosting
1/4 c. softened butter
2 t. vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar
2-3 T. milk
mix all ingredients together until a glaze forms. Add more milk if necessary to make a nice smooth glaze, but only add a little at a time or it will be too watery. Pour the glaze on top of the cinnamon buns and spread evenly. (I don’t use cream cheese as in the original recipe just because I don’t really care for the taste of it in my cinnamon bun)
There were lots of cinnamon buns made by yours truly over the last few days. Most were wrapped with warm wishes and delivered around town to friends and acquaintances as a small token. Hopefully they all tasted as good as they looked, since the batches that we kept turned out good.
Sending along our wishes as Christmas Day wraps up (haha – get it?) that everyone enjoyed a day filled with love, laughter, good company, family and friends.
Once again….Merry Christmas!
Christmas Eve Day was spent mostly baking. It has been a very relaxing day. Calm, peaceful, the way it is supposed to be. I baked bread, several loaves of sourdough and made the various dishes that we ate this evening for dinner – we have a fusion of Italian and whatever. Tonight it was a delicious maple glazed pork loin with rosemary. Delicious if I do say so myself and simple.
I also made two batches of cinnamon buns. One for tomorrow morning’s breakfast and one for giving away to our friends as gifts. Since this recipe is too simple, I cannot imagine anyone opening an exploding can of something resembling cinnamon buns.
Cinnamon bun recipe (adapted from Whatscookingamerica.net)
1 cup milk heated for one minute in microwave
1/4 cup warm water
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. butter at room temperature
1/2 c. sugar
3 t. yeast
5 cups bread flour
1. Mix all above ingredients in your stand mixer with dough hook until a dough forms.
2. Knead with dough hook for approximately five minutes. Turn dough into greased bowl.
3. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest 10 minutes.
4. Mix Cinnamon filling – 1 c. brown sugar with 5 T. cinnamon.
5. After 10 minutes roll dough into a rectangle about 18 inches wide by 10 inches long.
6. Melt 1/2 stick butter and brush over dough.
7. Sprinkle cinnamon filling onto buttered dough.
8. Cut into 18 pieces and place on cookie sheets lined with parchment.
9. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 1 hour.
10. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until light golden brown.
11. Mix about 2 cups of confectioners sugar with about 2 T. milk until you have a paste. If it is watery, add more powered sugar until you have a glue-like consistency.
12. Pour sugar mixture over buns after removing from oven.