Mark's favorite cinnamon buns
Mark came down with a cinnamon-bun craving
this year. And after he brought home cans of dough a couple of times, I
told him I was pretty sure I could make something better from scratch.
You'll need to start
about five hours before you want to eat since cinnamon buns are
basically a sweetened yeast bread. For the dough, mix:
If you're using
rapid-rise yeast, you don't need to proof the leavening. Instead, just
pour all of the ingredients into a bowl, put the bread-hook attachment
onto your mixer, and mix at medium speed for a few minutes until the
dough is fully combined. (Or you can knead by hand until you get the
Once the dough's ready, mix up the filling:
Flour a clean surface and
roll out your dough until it's about as big as you see in the picture
above. You want it to be a rectangle rather than a square, but the exact
dimensions are up to you. A bigger rectangle will mean your rolls have
more layers but a smaller thickness of cinnamon-sugar in between each
Brush the melted butter
onto the dough, leaving about an inch on each long side uncovered. The
unbuttered regions will stick together better so your cinnamon rolls
won't unravel as they rise and bake.
cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of the butter as evenly as you can. Then
roll up the dough to make one long cylinder. Using a sharp knife, cut
the roll into sixteen equal pieces. (This is easiest done by cutting the
roll in half, then each half in half, then each quarter into quarters.)
Butter a 9x13 dish or two
8-inch round cake pans. Place the cinnamon rolls in the pan relatively
close together so they'll merge as they rise. Then set the dish(es) in a
warm place to rise again for another two hours (or more or less
depending on the temperature of your kitchen).
Stir the icing until it forms a thick batter.
As soon as the buns come
out of the oven, drizzle the icing over the hot rolls. I simply get a
spoonful of icing and let it drip over the edge of the utensil to make
lines across the buns. (Sometimes I mess up and make blobs, but Mark
doesn't seem to care.)
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