As soon as September hits, the first leaf falls and everyone is talking knits, tights and boots, its like we all suddenly migrate to autumn land…and I love it! Autumn is my favourite season as it gives me an excuse to stay in, (not that I need an excuse!) stick on a Harry Potter DVD and bake. I bake all year round but there’s something cosy and comforting about baking during this time of year. I tend to steer away from lemony, light desserts and focus more on autumn/winter flavours like apples, pumpkins and lots and lots of cinnamon…I basically shove cinnamon in everything I can!
This was my first attempt at cinnamon rolls, which do take a bit of patience but weren’t too difficult and turned out pretty well.
For the dough:
- 570ml warm milk
- 150g caster sugar
- 45g dried yeast
- 180g unsalted butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1kg plain flour
For the filling:
- 100g unsalted butter (softened)
- 200g dark brown soft sugar
- 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
- chocolate buttons (as many as you want!)
For the glaze:
- 45g caster sugar
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- To make the dough, put the milk, sugar, yeast, melted butter and egg in a cake mixer and gradually add the flour (while the mixer is on) until it is all incorporated and the dough has come together.
- Transfer the dough to a bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hour, until it has doubled in size.
- Meanwhile preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6.
- Punch down the dough and transfer to a floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll it out until it is about 30x80cm and 7mm thick.
- Spread the butter evenly over the dough and sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon and chocolate buttons all over the top.
- Roll the dough up from the long side. Cut into 6cm rolls.
- Transfer onto the baking trays and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- To make the glaze, put the sugar, lemon juice and 100ml water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until slightly thickened.
- Remove the buns from oven, transfer to a wire rack and brush the glaze over them.