(Relatively) Healthy Cinnamon Buns

Recipe by spatchcock
READY IN: 1hr 50mins
YIELD: 12 buns




  • Stir together milk, vegetable oil, sugar and salt in a small saucepan.
  • Heat to lukewarm.
  • Pour yeast over 2 tablespoons lukewarm water and let sit 5 minutes.
  • Stir into milk mixture.
  • Transfer warm milk to a large mixing bowl and beat in half the flour by hand or with an electric mixer.
  • Mix in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  • Let rest 10 minutes; knead well on a floured board or with an electric mixer and dough hook; let rest 10 minutes.
  • Spray a large, clean bowl with cooking spray, add dough, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Lightly coat a 9-inch round baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle.
  • Spray with cooking spray.
  • Stir together brown sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest; brush over dough.
  • Sprinkle with raisins.
  • Roll up tightly, like a jelly roll.
  • Cut into 12 pieces.
  • Place buns cut-side up in baking pan.
  • Cover with plastic and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake buns until firm and nicely browned on top, 30 minutes.
  • Cool completely before inverting onto a serving plate.
  • No guilt!