Monday, October 21, 2013

Sixty Minute Cinnamon Buns

On Monday and Wednesday mornings we provide a breakfast-y snack for the Seminary students.  This morning I awoke at 4:29 and decided cinnamon buns were the order of the day.
Sixty Minute Cinnamon Buns, ready to eat, though still a little hot!
 Sixty Minute Cinnamon Buns

4-5 cups flour
2 packages dry yeast (a scant 2 Tablespoons if using loose yeast)
4 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter

Combine 3 cups flour, sugar, salt, and dissolved yeast in the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer.  Attach bowl and dough hook, mix for one minute.  Combine milk, water and butter in a small saucepan.  Heat over low heat until quite warm--110-115 degrees F.  Butter does not need to melt all the way.  Turn mixer on to medium speed and slowly drip the milk/water/butter into the flour mixture then continue mixing for one more minute to be sure all the flour is absorbed into the wet ingredients.  Slowly add in the remaining flour until the dough leaves the side of the bowl, then knead for an additional 5-7 minutes and the dough is smooth and elastic, though still soft.  Not all the flour may need to be used, depending on the humidity of the house and the flour....

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place dough in  a greased bowl, turn over so all sides are greased, then cover the bowl and set into a sink half-filled with warm water for 15 minutes.  The dough should have nearly doubled in bulk by now.  Put dough onto a lightly floured board and roll out into a large rectangle.  Brush melted topping butter over entire top surface of dough rectangle.  Mix white sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over top of dough, covering the whole surface.  Sprinkle the brown sugar over top then roll up rather tightly from the long side.  Cut into 1 1/2 inch rolls and place on parchment lined half-sheet pan.  Cover with a clean towel and let sit for 15-20 minutes, until at least a little bit puffy, though not doubled in bulk.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Check at 12 minutes to see if they are cooked.  If not done, let cook another 2-3 minutes.

Place on a rack to cool completely before eating.  Eating when hot will burn your lips, a most unpleasant situation.

Yield: 14-or 15 buns
Sixty Minute Cinnamon Buns still on pan, not burned.
These are very popular with the Seminary students.  What is not to love about yeasted dough, butter, sugar, and cinnamon?!

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