Cinnamon buns

These are perfect for a Sunday brunch – easy to prepare ahead for a large group.


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 60 min. preparation time, 20 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 227 / Protein 3g / Carbohydr. 34g / Fat 9g

Ingredients (24 servings)

500 gall-purpose flour
7 gdry yeast
60 mlwater (lukewarm)
140 gsugar
180 mlmilk
0.5 tspvanilla extract
50 gbutter (melted)
110 gbutter (soft)
0.5orange (zest)
2 tspcinnamon
200 gconfectioner’s sugar
2 tbsplemon juice
flour for work surface


zester, tablespoon, clean kitchen towel, oven, muffin pan, palette knife (optional), large plate, rubber spatula (optional), cake rack, citrus press, large bowl, 3 small bowls, knife, standing mixer or hand mixer, rolling pin

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Traminer, 2013
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Step 1

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In a small bowl, combine water, yeast, and some sugar. Let sit until foamy for approx. 5 – 10min.

small bowl

60 ml water / 7 g dry yeast / 1 tsp sugar

Step 2

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In a standing mixer or with a hand mixer, whisk together milk, vanilla extract, egg, melted butter, some sugar and a pinch of salt.

standing mixer or hand mixer

180 ml milk / 0.5 tsp vanilla extract / 1 egg / 50 g butter (melted) / 50 g sugar / salt

Step 3

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In two editions, add all-purpose flour into the milk mixture. Then add in yeast mixture and continue beating. Knead by hand until smooth. Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and leave it to rise in a warm place for approx. 2 hours.

clean kitchen towel, large bowl

500 g all-purpose flour

Step 4

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For the filling, combine soft butter with the remaining sugar, cinnamon and the zest of halve an orange in a small bowl. Mix until smooth.

zester, rubber spatula, small bowl

110 g butter (soft) / 90 g sugar / 0.5 orange (zest) / 2 tsp cinnamon

Step 5

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Preheat oven to 190⁰C/375⁰F. Halve the dough and roll each half into the shape of a rectangle, approx. 3 mm thick.

oven, rolling pin

flour for work surface

Step 6

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Spread the filling evenly onto the dough leaving a small border all around.

palette knife

Step 7

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Starting at the long end, roll up the dough.

Step 8

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Cut the roll crosswise into equally sized pieces.


Step 9

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Place the rolls into the prepared muffin pan cut side down and leave to rise for another hour. Then bake in a preheated oven at 190⁰C/375⁰F for approx. 15 – 20 min. until golden. Allow to cool for 10 min. on a cake rack.

muffin pan, cake rack

Step 10

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In a small bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice. Stir until completely dissolved.

tablespoon, citrus press, small bowl

200 g confectioner’s sugar / 2 tbsp citrus juice

Step 11

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Place a plate underneath the cake rack to catch any excess frosting. Drizzle cinnamon buns with sugar frosting to your liking. Serve while still warm.

large plate