Cinnamon buns

Chinese New Year Dishes These are perfect for a Sunday brunch – easy to prepare ahead for a large group.

Step 1

In a small bowl, combine water, yeast and some sugar. Let sit until foamy for approx. 5 – 10min.

  • small bowl
  • 1/4 cups water, 2 tsp dry yeast, 1 tsp sugar

Step 2

In a standing mixer or with a hand-held blender, whisk together milk, vanilla extract, egg, melted butter, some sugar and a pinch of salt.

  • standing mixer or hand-held blender
  • 3/4 cups milk, 0.5 tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg, 3 tbsp butter (melted), 1/4 cups sugar, salt

Step 3

In two editions, add all-purpose flour into the milk mixture. Then add in yeast mixture and continue beating. Knead by hand until smooth. Place the dough in a clean bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and leave it to rise in a warm place for approx. 2 hours.

  • large bowl, clean kitchen towel
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Step 4

For the filling, combine soft butter with the remaining sugar, cinnamon and the zest of halve an orange in a small bowl. Mix until smooth.

  • zester, small bowl, rubber spatula
  • 1 sticks butter (soft), 1/2 cups sugar, 0.5 orange (zest), 2 tsp cinnamon

Step 5

Preheat oven to 190⁰C (375⁰F). Halve the dough and roll each half into the shape of a rectangle, approx. 3 mm thick.

  • oven for baking, rolling pin
  • flour for work surface

Step 6

Spread the filling evenly onto the dough leaving a small border all around.

  • palette knife

Step 7

Starting at the long end, roll up the dough.

Step 8

Cut the roll crosswise into 12 equally sized pieces.

  • knife

Step 9

Place the rolls into the prepared muffin pan cut side down and leave to rise for another hour. Then bake in a preheated oven at 190⁰C (375⁰F) for approx. 15 - 20 min. until golden. Allow to cool for 10 min. on a cake rack.

  • muffin pan, cake rack

Step 10

In a small bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice. Stir until completely dissolved.

  • small bowl, tablespoon
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, 2 tbsp citrus juice

Step 11

Place a plate underneath the cake rack to catch any excess frosting. Drizzle cinnamon buns with sugar frosting to your liking. Serve while still warm.

  • large plate