Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cinnamon Buns Take Two

So after my first attempt at cinnamon buns I decided that I wanted something a little softer and gooey. The other cinnamon buns were alright, but they weren't soft like a cinzeo bun. Upon looking an all I found a very well rated cinnamon bun recipe that looked easy enough - A clone of a cinnabon.

I halved the recipe but made the same amount of icing. I also followed some of the reviews and did this without a bread maker as I do not actually have one. What I did is outlined below:

1/2 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons margarine, melted
2-1/4 cups bread flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup white sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon and 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons butter, softened

1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

1. In an oven safe bowl mix together the ingredients for the dough and knead together.
2. Heat the oven to 200F and then turn it off. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and pace in the oven to rise for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
3. In a separate bowl mix together the ingredients for the filling as the dough is rising.
4. Remove from oven and roll into a rectangle. Cover with the filling and roll.
5. Cut into 6 buns using a serated knife, and place in a 8x8 pan.
6. Cover with a damp cloth and place in the oven for another 30 mintues or until the buns have doubled in size.
7. Heat the oven to 400F and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the buns are golden brown.
8. While the buns are baking cream together the ingredients for the icing.
9. Place icing on warm buns and serve.

These were absolutely delicious and everything I hoped they would be. Hubby loved these as well and his friend said they were great as well. I will make these again for sure!

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