Monday, September 21, 2009

the buns

Nigella's cinnamon buns to be in fact. I actually made these once before about 5 years ago and making them now, I wonder why it took me soon long to make another batch? These are figgin good!  Believe it or not they are super easy to make!
I could see these as a cute little weekend treat or perhaps the starting of a christmas morning tradition? The house would surely smell amazing!

5 cups flour (add more if you still find dough too goey)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp rapid-rise yeast or 3 1/4-ounce pkgs
1/2 cup butter
1 2/3 cups milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp soft, unsalted butter
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg, beaten, to glaze

Preheat oven to 450 d F.
   Combine all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Melt the butter and whisk it into the milk and eggs, then stir into the flour mixture. Mix to combine and knead the dough either by hand or using the dough hook of an electric mixer until smooth. Form into a ball, place in a oiled bowl,cover with plastic and let rise for 25 min.
   Take a third of the dough and roll it out to fit the bottom of the pan (13x10 roasting pan lined with parchment). Roll out the rest of the dough, aiming to roughly get a 20 by 10 inches. Mix the filling ingredients and spread the rectangle with the butter-cinnamon mixture. Roll it up from the longest side till you have a giant sausage. Cut the roll into 20 even slices. Brush with egg then let them sit for about 15 min to rise.
Bake in the hot oven for 20-25 minutes, or until lovely and golden brown.
   Makes 20.

recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson's Norwegian Cinnamon Buns via How to be a Domestic Goddess