About the Dish:
A cinnamon bun is a sweet, indulgent pastry made from a yeast dough that is rolled out, spread with a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and butter, and then rolled up and baked until golden and delicious. The warm, flaky bun is typically topped with a rich cream cheese frosting, adding an extra layer of sweetness. Cinnamon buns are a popular treat for breakfast or brunch, and are perfect for special occasions or as a comforting treat on a cold day.
|All-purpose flour||3 cups|
|Granulated sugar||1/4 cup|
|Instant yeast||2 1/4 teaspoons|
|Unsalted butter||1/4 cup, melted|
|Brown sugar||1 cup|
|Cream cheese||4 ounces|
|Powdered sugar||1 cup|
|Vanilla extract||1 teaspoon|
- Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, instant yeast, and salt. In a separate microwave-safe bowl, heat the milk until warm. Add the melted butter and eggs to the milk and mix well. Gradually pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until a sticky dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it becomes smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- Step 2: Once the dough has risen, punch it down and roll it out into a large rectangle on a floured surface. Brush the surface of the dough with melted butter, and then sprinkle a mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar evenly over the dough. Starting from one of the longer edges, tightly roll up the dough into a log shape. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into individual buns, about 1 1/2 inches thick.
- Step 3: Place the buns in a greased baking dish, leaving a little space between each bun. Cover the dish with a clean kitchen towel and let the buns rise for another 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Step 4: Once the buns have risen again, remove the towel and bake them in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through. While the buns are baking, prepare the cream cheese frosting by beating together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
- Step 5: Remove the buns from the oven and let them cool slightly. Drizzle the cream cheese frosting over the warm buns and serve them immediately. Enjoy your homemade cinnamon buns!