Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Cinnamon rolls (buns)

I was never that big a fan of Cinnabon when we were in the US. In fact I used to hate anything with cinnamon till we came to the UK. The apple pies served in the pubs here all had a generous amount of cinnamon and I began to absolutely love it. Sadly, my husband doesn't share the same excitement when it comes to cinnamon, making me stay away from desserts with cinnamon as the hero (heroine???).

That was until I picked up a couple of Cinnabons from the only outlet here in Piccadilly Circus (after paying a bomb for it that too) and brought it home. Since it was one of those lovey dovey days, I kept one aside for Ro, 100 percent sure he would say, 'so bloody overrated Cinnabon is' and let me have it. I guess it was one of those lovey dovey days for Ro as well, cos he said he would eat it since his wife lovingly kept aside one for him (bummer!!! is what I actually thought, but lets just let it pass shall we?)
So anyways, he loved the cinnamon roll to the extent he asked me why I don't make it at home. And so that's what I did, make cinnamon rolls. The first time I didn't take pics nor did I bookmark the recipe and so had to search around a bit this time. No luck still and so I had to make do with a new one. It wasn't as perfect as the first time, but we loved it nonetheless. I have bookmarked another recipe as well, and if it turns out better than this one, it shall be replaced. For now here are the details:
Recipe adapted from here
Milk- 1/4 cup
Water- 1/4 cup
Butter- 1 tbsp
Active dry yeast- 1 1/8 tsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Plain flour- 1 1/2 cups
Granulated sugar- 1/4 cup
Egg- 1 small

Butter- 1 1/2 tbsp, melted
Brown sugar- 4 tbsp
Cinnamon powder- 1 tbsp

Powdered sugar- 1/2 cup
Butter- 3/4 tbsp, melted
Milk- 3/4 tbsp
Vanilla essence- 1/4 tsp
Heat together the milk, butter and water in a saucepan until just about warm.
Stir in the yeast till it is diluted. Keep aside for 5 to 6 minutes.
Into a large mixing bowl add the flour, salt, sugar and egg. Mix well.
Pour the yeasted mixture into the flour mix and using the dough hook attachment on your mixer, knead till the entire thing comes together. 
Alternatively, dust your work top with enough flour and knead till the dough becomes pliable and is not sticky any more.
Place in a lightly greased bowl and leave in a warm place to rise for about 2 hours.
Once the dough has risen well, punch it down and place on a floured surface.
Roll it out into a rectangle shape, about half an inch in thickness, using as little flour as possible.
Brush the melted butter generously on to the rolled out dough. 
Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle this mix on top of the butter, as evenly as possible.
Then carefully start rolling the dough from the longer side. Pinch the edges once you reach the end to seal it in.
Using a serrated knife, cut the log into 8 to 10 slices.
Place the dough, cut side down on to a greased baking pan and leave aside to rise for another hour or so.
Once it has doubled in size place in the middle shelf of an oven pre heated at 190C and bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
Once done, remove and let it cool for 10 minutes
In the mean time make the glaze by mixing together all the ingredients under that section till you get a thick frosting. 
Pour over the warm cinnamon rolls and enjoy with a cuppa.
Notes: The dough ended up being pretty loose and sticky and I kinda struggled with it. So had to use quite a bit of extra flour for kneading.
I preheated the oven at 100C for about 5 minutes and placed the dough inside for it to rise the first time.
I knew it would be a problem while rolling it out so I placed a baking paper under and started rolling. Although it wasn't easy, I was sill able to manage without the dough sticking too much to the paper.
The second rising time exceeded quite a bit because we suddenly decided to catch a movie and so it stayed that way for about 3 hours. I don't know if it made any difference though.
Replace the brown sugar with granulated sugar if you don't have the latter.

Sending this to the Monthly Mingle event hosted over at Kulsum's Journey Kitchen where this month the theme is Yeasted Doughs. The event is the brainchild of the ever talented Meeta of What's for Lunch Honey.


Unknown said...

Yum, those look superb, and I have been a fan of cinnabons from the first time I had it, so totally bookmarking your recipe :)

Suhaina said...

wonderful..amazing...love the yummy clicks..

Indian Khana said...

Gorgeous is the word... I shall not say anything else :)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Cinaminon Rolls look so tasty and delicious . Wonderful clicks.

Hamaree Rasoi

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Cinnamon buns look wonderful....lovely presentation..

Unknown said...

Looks so tempting...want to grab it right away..and lovely clicks

Kulsum said...

I on the other hand LOVE cinnamon and cinnamon rolls? Yes please!!

Thank you so much for sending your entry to monthly mingle.

Finla said...

Love love them and this looks super delicious. I never buy them from outside as they cost a lot and i feel guilty paying the money.

Priya Suresh said...

I can die for this rolls, extremely irresistible..

Unknown said...

Oh i heart cinnamon buns (pulla in Finnish) They have come out so well. I have never had with glaze, moreover have tried it in many parts of Europe but found that the ones from Scandinavia are superlative, have no idea wats makes the difference will catch hold of my God mother to learn, high time! Ah the milk bottle pic is fragile and two straw makes it romantic!

chef and her kitchen said...

very nicely done rolls..looks gr8

Padhu Sankar said...

They look so lovely .Admired your pics

izy said...

Beautiful pictures and great recipe! I've also been to that cinnabon outlet in piccadilly circus, I dragged my friend there once I found out about it last year and we shared a cinnabon in the snow yumm

Santosh Bangar said...

perfect cinnamon buns

divya said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwww... mouth watering here.. looks so so so delicious and perfect.. simply inviting dear. .awesome job :)

Suja Manoj said...

Rolls looks gorgeous,love cinnamon flavor..

Nitha said...

That looks lovely Nisha.. But am not a great fan of anything with cinnamon in it.. May be time would change that.. as u said :)

Sobha Shyam said...

beautiful and delicious rolls..

Satrupa said...

Gurl .... looks like you are already in the Autumn mood :) Delish looking cinnamon buns ... mah fav :)

Jehanne said...

hey the buns look good, we have homemade 'cinnabon' like all the time, tho I still indulge in the overrated cinnabon ever so often, there's a dainty one at Leicester Square-perfect for pre-theatre gobbles.

Nithya said...

Drool worthy pics and yummy rolls. Have been longing to make these and your post is tempting me way too much :)

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

Though I am surrounded with Cinnabons all around, I ve never tried them as my husband scared me by telling that he has seen them making it and that they just chop up butter in KGs !! Hence , kept reading your recipe over and over and over again just to ensure that you have used just about 3 Ts of butter and I wasn't reading it wrong.Thanks !!! And will definitely be trying this out soon! Keep u posted..

Anonymous said...

I don't like cinnamon taste at all. I usually use it savory dish for color and flavor which I love. I sound weird I know!
I think i should try making these at home.. unlike me Arvind loves cinnamon buns.

xlizzyx said...

I love cinnamon rolls/ buns but haven't made them yet. Really want to tho! Is it hard?
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Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

Hey Nisha, tried this out two days back and it came out fab and super fast. Though it could do much better on the looks dept. I guess the rolling needs to be done tighter..Thanks for the recipe again..We loved it ! :)

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

Oh..temme about it. I am so glad I had tons of friends to distribute them around. Else I am quite capable of gorging on all of them myself..Love your sense of photography and would be great if u d put up a post on how you go about styling and taking pics..And I guess you too a fan of the Shopaholic series..?

Gayathri Ramdas Sreekanth said...

Wow..Even I just finished with Mini-shopaholic. Some how I didn't enjoy as much as the others, but I luvv the series overall and have read it all except The ONE ABROAD..The author's also writing under the name Madeleine Wickham, but havn't got around to reading that. Have u? how r those?

Shinydewdrop said...

Beautifully presented and the cinnamon buns look so inviting! Love it!


Ceee... said...

Nisha I plan to try this over the weekend :) pls tell me its easy :P i really dont have the energy for a lot of hard work - u can read that as sheer laziness.. but they looks so tempting n i luuurvve cinnabon that i wanna try it

Ceee... said...

Hey i did try it this weekend.. and although it looked no where as pretty as yours, it was simply yum :) i was super thrilled with how well it turned out ... But i used a lot more flour - atleast a half cup more..