creature of habit

cinnamon buns in pan no icing

Today, I don’t have a witty anecdote for you.

brown sugar on cinnamon bun dough

(To be fair, I usually don’t. I just fool myself into thinking I do.)

brush butter on cinnamon rolls in pan not baked

Instead, I’m going to tell you about cinnamon buns. You’ll probably enjoy that more than a mildly witty anecdote anyway.

french bulldog sleeping in front of oven
Guess who found the perfect warm spot to nap…

I feel like I only ever make three things on this blog: cinnamon buns, gingersnaps, and s’mores cookies.

It’s a good life.

cinnamon buns in pan no icing

The only issue I take with cinnamon buns is that they’re not a quick and easy Sunday morning breakfast (have I told you how much of a grouch I am in the morning?) But the geniuses at America’s Test Kitchen promised me that cinnamon buns could be made quickly. Without yeast. Without rising.

Just knead and roll and bake and go.

Who am I to challenge that?

cinnamon buns in pan with icing

Speedy Cinnamon Buns (no yeast!)

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen

Full disclosure: they’re not as good (in my mind) as the traditional yeast-using, hours-of-rising-requiring cinnamon buns. But they’re fast and they’re good for a Sunday morning brunch date.

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Filling:

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • pinch of salt

Icing:

  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 cup icing sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9″ square pan and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with the bread hook attachment, add all of the dough ingredients. Let knead on a low speed for about 5 minutes. This dough is incredibly sticky – you can do this by hand if you don’t have a stand mixer, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
  3. On a heavily(!) floured surface, spread out dough into a large rectangle (mine was about 15″ by 12″). Brush with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter from the filling ingredients.
  4. In a small bowl, mix another tablespoon of melted butter with the remaining filling ingredients (brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt). Spread over the dough, leaving 1″ clear along one of the long edges.
  5. Roll the dough lengthwise until it’s one long cylinder. Slice into about 2″ buns, and place into the prepared square pan. These won’t be given time to rise, so you can squish them all up together in one pan. Brush with the remaining tablespoon of butter.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
  7. Whisk icing ingredients until well mixed – I did this by hand, and ended up with a few ugly cream cheese lumps (luckily it still tasted good). Pour on top of baked buns and serve immediately.

cinnamon bun with icing on plate

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