I have made it to 37 weeks! Woo Hoo! I have started craving comfort food. One of those comfort foods for me is Cinnamon Buns (or Cinnamon Rolls).
Also as I anticipate the arrival of this baby. I toggle between being terribly uncomfortable(this just hit me this past weekend) which comes with the feeling of not ever wanting to get off the couch, to having bursts of energy and wanting to keep busy to pass the time. I haven’t had much of an in between speed the past few days… So of course in my burst of energy yesterday, making cinnamon buns that chilly afternoon sounded perfect.
In our house when , I don’t just make them as breakfast or a dessert. I make them for dinner, with bacon… So good… And since they are dinner there is no guilt in having as many as you want. 😉
I make the bun dough in my Bosch mixer, which is just the best for kneading bread. This recipe makes about two 9×13 inch pans. It’s quite a lot of dough, so if you are using a mixer with a smaller bowl it might not fit…
First add 3 Cups warm water, this is what you will be activating your yeast in. So you want to temp to be between 95 and 115 F. (I try to gage it by how hot I would make my bath water when checking the temp of the water.)
Then add 1/3 Cup Sugar, 1/3 Cup Canola oil and 2 Tablespoons yeast. Let sit for about 5 min.
Then add 3 Cups flour and 1 Tablespoon Salt. Mix together. It will be a watery dough consistency.
Add 2 eggs to the dough and mix with fork. (pic below)
Then you will slowly start adding flour. It will be about another 4 1/2 Cups. The dough should be coming clean off the sides once there is enough flour. (Pic below)
Knead in mixer for another 4 to 5 min. Then pull out of mixer and form into a ball.
Add about 2 Tablespoons of Canola oil to a bowl large enough for the dough to raise in. Place dough in bowl. Coat your dough in the oil, so that it would still as much to the sides of the bowl.
Let raise for an hour to an hour and a half, until it has doubled in size.
Lightly cover the surface that you will be rolling out your dough in oil. Roll out dough, fairly thin.
Soften half a cup of butter and spread all over rolled out dough. I eyeball the brown sugar and cinnamon. I spread the brown sugar so it is evenly coated all over the dough, and then I sprinkle the cinnamon all over it.
Roll up and pinch the seam of the dough together. Then I pinch them apart with dental floss or string. And place them in 2 greased 9×13 inch pans.
Let rise another half an hour. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 min.
The reason there is only one pan in this last picture. Is because I got so excited when they came out of the oven, I immediately started serving them up and forgot all about taking the picture!
I serve them with frosting.
Cinnamon Bun Dough
3 Cups water 1/3 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cups Canola Oil 2 Tablespoons Yeast
3 Cups Flour 1 Tablespoon Salt
2 Eggs 4 1/2 Cups additional Flour
1/2 Cup Butter
Brown sugar to cover dough and cinnamon to sprinkle on dough (eyeball it)
Vanilla Butter Frosting
1/3 Cup softened Butter
3 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
About 1/4 Cup Milk
Mix butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk together. You can use more or less milk depending on how thick you like your frosting.
When you put it over the hot cinnamon buns it will start melting in!