Cinnamon is one of those ingredients that gets me going. What really,really gets me going is Cinnamon and something sweet, a truly special combination. Some flavours speak to me daily in whispers that gather volume as their traditional seasons approach and Cinnamon is now at gobs…e level and I can ignore him no longer. But I do not find him difficult company for one second, even at a deafening decibel, due to his overwhelming ability to simply sweep me off my feet. I find that in just one bite I am swooning, even though my swooning days are far behind me and despite my ovaries shrivelling as we speak (I imagine that they are starting to resemble a pair of sultanas by now, in need of a good plump), I am still lost in the moment………something that “they” say is good for us.Yet despite my ovaries futile but heroic flutterings, the emotional effect that Cinnamon has on me is just as powerful. He envelopes me in a fug of Autumnal and Winter Love, he speaks of cold hands and hot cups of something, open fires and fluffy slippers whilst the weather buffets the house, nostalgia and of course the biggy, Xmas. The smell of Cinnamon baking in a home is enough to conjure Santa himself, sitting on your sofa, drinking Hot Chocolate with sprinkles, whilst Rudolph is asleep on the back door mat. His work ethic is huge too, he’ll get stuck in anywhere, Punches, Mulled Wine, Cakes, Biscuits, Breads, Chutneys, Stews, Curries, Pastries, you name it, he’s up for it. What a bl..dy Hero, bet he’s got a six-pack.
For a long time now i have been fantasizing about Cinnamon Rolls. I have been wanting to find something to bake each morning on Xmas Day so as to create a tradition for my children to remember and cherish. These gorgeous buns of Xmas love are also quite simple and straightforward. You can assemble the day before and leave in the fridge overnight to do their final puffing up and remove from the fridge first thing to warm back up again before filling your home with a smell that is Xmas itself. Imagine how amazingly good and clever that will make you feel? I could get really rubbish presents all day and I just wouldn’t care, not one little bit. But as I have said before, my children have quite a limited palate and would much rather have a Mars bar than a Muffin, so I have decided to trial these soft, sugary, buttery, fluffy, cinnamony buns in the hope that its a thumbs up and I can apply to my face under the mistletoe come Xmas morn, maybe then I will be able to stay off the Kids chocolates……here’s hoping.
I make bread and yeasty bun thingys in my food mixer with a dough hook,I quite simply could not be bothered with manually kneading,perhaps it’s having two young children or perhaps I just find it boring,I’m not sure, but eitherway my mixer does all the work here and I am most grateful.I also only use instant yeast,the kind that comes in individual packets,I found measuring yeast out a frustrating experience,most recipes seem to use one packet anyway.
- 120g of unsalted butter
- 150 ml milk
- 70g of sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 400g plain flour
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 packet of yeast 1/4 oz
- Filling-110g soft unsalted butter-2 tbsps cinnamon-150g caster sugar
- Icing-120g icing sugar-3 tbsp milk
- 30g of melted butter for brushing on just before baking
- Put butter and milk in saucepan and warm gently till a light bubble,remove immediately.
- Add sugar to pan and stir to dissolve then add egg and mix again.
- In mixing bowl(food mixer bowl)put dry ingredients in,place salt and yeast on opposite sides as salt kills yeast.
- Add the milk liquid slowly as you start to mix.The dough will be sticky.If using a food mixer just keep mixing for five mins on a medium speed or take out and knead by hand for ten,until it becomes smoothish and soft.If it doesnt seem to want to come together then add a little flour in increments until it forms a wet dough.
- Oil the bowl,twiddle the dough lightly around in the oil and cover bowl with the clingfilm.Put somewhere warm and wait till it doubles in size.
- Meanwhile mix filling ingredients together.
- When dough is big enough,empty out onto surface and knock out most of air with a few knocks.Then roll out into rectangle roughly 9″ by 15″
- Spread the cinnamony,sugary butter,leaving 1/2 ” border.
- Roll rectangle up long ways in a giant cigar.
- Use a serrated knife to cut up roll in 2″increments.Saw through the roll rather than push down so as not to squash the slices.
- Place rolls in a round buttered 8″ cake tin and cover with clingfilm and leave to rise again until nearly doubled in size and beautifully puffy.You can put in any tray or baking container as long as it has sides of 10cm or so.
- Brush melted butter gently over the top.
- Bake in 180 Celsius oven for about 30 mins or until nicely brown.It is best to keep a close eye on the baking so they do not burn.Ovens can be temperamental things.Leave in tin to cool.
- Once cooled a bit, mix icing and drizzle over.I made too much icing so i have adjusted recipe.
- OMG,OMG apply to your Xmasy face.