Prep 3 hrs
Cook 25 mins
These are large soft tender buttery rolls, the dough is rolled up from the short end creating more layers of cinnamon filling --- Canadian members use all-purpose flour, and bread flour for U.S. members --- to speed things up place the egg in a cup with very warm water for about 15 minutes to bring to room temperature --- you may of coarse use your own favorite icing for the buns --- since every dough rises at different times, the prep times is only estimated this dough is made using egg which will need slightly more rising time then dough made without --- don't be skimpy with the butter and brown sugar mixture, the more the better! :)
- 1⁄2 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon dry yeast
- 1 cup milk
- 1⁄3 cup butter, cut into pieces
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- 1 large egg (room temperature, then slighty beaten)
- 4 -5 cups white flour (more if needed)
- 1⁄2 cup soft butter (can use more butter, I always do, more is better, no substitutes please!)
- 1 1⁄2 cups brown sugar, packed
- 3 -4 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup raisins, can use more (optional)
- 1 cup chopped pecans (optional) or 1 cup walnuts, can use more (optional)
- glaze, for the roll (see my Kittencal's Easy Creamy White Glaze)
- For the dough; fit a heavy-duty stand mixer with the dough hook.
- Place 4 cups flour in the stainless steel bowl; set aside.
- Proof the yeast with 2 teaspoons sugar in 1/2 cup warm water for about 8-10 minutes or until foamy.
- Meanwhile in a microwave-safe bowl place the milk with butter cubes, salt and sugar; microwave on high until just slightly warmed (about 1 minute or a little more the butter does not have to be completely melted) stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.
- Add the mixture to the bowl along with the egg.
- When the yeast is foamy add to the bowl.
- Start kneading adding in more flour as needed to create a soft smooth dough (kneading will take about 8-10 minutes).
- Remove to a lightly floured surface, cover with a clean tea towel and allow the dough to rest for 5 minutes.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place into a greased bowl; cover and rise for about 1-1/2 hours or until doubled (the rising time will vary depending on how warm your kitchen is).
- Punch down the dough and allow to rest in bowl for 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar with cinnamon.
- Transfer to a floured surface, roll into about 18 x 13-inch rectangle with short end facing you to make rolling up easier (I just spread out the dough using my hands, the measurments do not have to be exact).
- Spread the softened butter over the dough (you can use more than 1/2 cup buter if desired, I usually do!).
- Sprinkle the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture evenly over the butter, sprinkle with raisins and/or nuts if using.
- Starting at the short end roll up the dough as tightly as possible (the dough will spread out even more while rolling).
- Pinch the long seam together as best you can, you might also want to slice a small piece off both ends to even off the roll).
- Using a serrated knife slice log into two even halves, then slice each half into 6 even slices (this will give you 12 pieces, although I sometimes get less).
- Generously butter two 9-inch round cake pans (or use one 13 x 9-inch pan and place 3 rounds across, 4 rounds down in the pan).
- In each round cake pan place 5 dough rounds around the pan and 1 dough round in the middle placing cut-side down.
- Cover with a clean tea towel and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled (this may take about 1 to 1-1/2 hours or more depending on the temperature of your kitchen).
- Set oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bake until browned about 25 minutes.
- Cool the buns slightly then drizzle the icing over the warm buns.
You all know I don't hand out many five stars, this one truly deserves it. OVER-THE-TOP DELICIOUS! Easy to follow instructions too. I'm in the U.S., but I used regular flour and just added about 1/4 c extra. It took me exactly four hours from start to finish. I can't wait to take them to work and share! This will be my new cinnamon roll recipe. Thanks Kitten for another keeper!
Omg! These were out of this world! They reminded me of the jumbo cinnamon rolls we use to get at the high school cafeteria when I was a kid. I used a cream cheese frosting as well, but otherwise followed the recipe to a tee. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe Kittencal. I always look to you when I want a great recipe!
Every time I make these, I am told they are the best cinnamon buns they have ever eaten...I agree. I make them in my bread machine (dough setting) and use cream cheese icing. They are by far the best I have ever made!!