The gentle art of perfecting my cinnamon bun recipe has become a bit of an obsession in our house. I think I’m almost there with the addition of apple chunks it’s gotten serious and I feel I have upped my game. Josh also obliged by taking some lovely photos of the result and then of course he got to eat them.
To make 12 buns you will need:
- 500g of bread flour
- 1tbsp of instant dried yeast
- 1 medium egg
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1tsp of salt
- 2tbsp of sugar (extra sugar for filling)
- 4tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup of milk
- powdered cinnamon
- 2 sweet apples peeled and chopped in small chunks.
- icing sugar to dust
Dough (I used a bread maker if your making dough by hand follow a basic bread dough recipe)
- Combine the yeast, flour, egg, salt, sugar, 2tbsp butter, vanilla extract, 2tsp of cinnamon and milk in the dough pan.
- Set for a standard bread dough setting around 2hr 40min.
- Roll out dough into a rectangle about 1.5cm thick.
- Spread butter over the surface like your buttering a slice of bread.
- Sprinkle a mixture of sugar and cinnamon over the buttered dough evenly.
- Dot the dough with the small chunks of apple and add an extra sprinkling of sugar.
- Roll the dough up like a magic carpet.
- Slice your magic carpet up into 12 equal rounds.
- Butter or line a baking tray and place the rounds on it, bake for 20mins or until slightly golden at 200c.
- Remove from oven, cool and sprinkle with icing sugar.
These buns are not overly sweet but if you like a more decadent bun make a gooey frosting from cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla extract to smear on the top of the buns, it amazing!