Cinnamon buns




Cinnamon buns

Photo, Erik Putz.

Easter celebrations and sweet indulgent breads go together like coloured eggs and a basket. Of course, we never need a reason to bake up a pan of buttery richness.


  • 8 g active dry yeast , (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/3 cup warm water , (120F to 130F)
  • 1/2 cup warm milk , (120F to 130F)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , melted (60 g)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour , (435 g)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar , (50 g)
  • 1 tsp salt , (6 g)


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , at room temperature (125 g)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar , (103 g)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon , (2 g)


  • 1 cup icing sugar , (50 g)
  • 4 tsp milk


  • COMBINE yeast with warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let stand until frothy, 10 min. Beat in warm milk, 1/4 cup melted butter and yolks until combined. Add flour, granulated sugar and salt. Beat on medium, until dough is smooth and pulls cleanly away from the bottom and sides of bowl, 4 to 6 min. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and cover loosely with a damp kitchen towel. Let rest until dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • PREHEAT oven to 325F. Stir 1/2 cup butter with brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • ROLL prepared dough on a lightly floured surface into an 18 x 12-in. rectangle. Spread butter mixture evenly over dough to the edges. With the long edge facing you, tightly roll up dough in jelly roll fashion. Cut crosswise into 12 portions. Arrange each roll, cut-side down, in a lightly greased 9 x 13-in. baking dish. Cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled, 1 hour.
  • BAKE until golden, about 30 min. Let stand for 10 min. Whisk 1 cup icing sugar with 4 tsp milk in a small bowl. Drizzle over warm cinnamon buns.


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