I just love these cinnamon buns. They are a decadent luxury that I make about once or twice a year. I limit this because I end up eating them all myself. I just can’t resist! They are really that good. In fact, the last time I made them, my 17 year old son saw them in the baking dish looking all wonderful and tasty and decided to serve himself one. He munched munched munched a great big roll and washed it down with a glass of milk. Yum! Except…I hadn’t baked them yet! He just saw them in the tray and was hungry! Oh teenage boys 🙂
But really, it’s impossible to have just one of these, especially once they are actually out of the oven. Soft, sweet, warm pillows of cinnamon. Fantastic.
This recipe is adapted from one I found on the allrecipes.com website.
- 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup margarine, melted
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp dry yeast
- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese (85g), softened
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
Toasted pecans to garnish, if desired.
- In a large bowl, beat the eggs, then add the milk and melted butter. Mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast, and then add to the egg mixture. Using a dough hook attachment on the blender, mix until smooth and elastic.
- Form into a ball and let sit, covered, in an lightly oiled bowl until double in size.
- When double, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a large rectangle with your fingers, about 16×21 inches. Spread the softened butter for the filling in a thin layer to cover the dough. Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the butter.
- From the long side, roll the dough into a log and slice into 12 pieces. Place each roll in a lightly greased baking dish, cover, and allow to rise until double in size. Preheat the over to 200°C/400°F.
- Uncover and bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
- While the rolls are baking, combine the frosting ingredients and mix well. Spread the frosting onto the warm rolls as soon as they come out of the oven. Serve warm. Garnish with toasted pecans if desired.
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