Cinnamon Buns, just for you!

I’ve recently developed a new addiction, no it’s not food, it’s not even reading about food.  Watching food shows? You got it!  But, this is no ordinary food show, this is Man v Food!  Since discovering this show on the Good Food channel I’ve been mesmorised by giant versions of real American cuisine, especially the giant cinnamon buns from Lulu’s Bakery in San Antonio!  As I don’t have a giant oven, giant rolling pin and access to the worlds biggest food mixer I decided to try my hand at the regular sized versions. 

Is there anything better than a cinnamon bun fresh from the oven? If there is, I’ve yet to experience it.

Cinnamon Buns
(from delicious magazine)

  • 500ml milk
  • 150g butter, cut into pieces, plus extra for greasing
  • 800g strong plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Handful of sugar cubes, lightly crushed
  • For the filling
  • 75g butter
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 75g golden caster sugar

Measure the milk into a glass or plastic jug and add the butter. Microwave on high for 2 minutes until warm. (Alternatively, put the milk and butter into a saucepan and put over a medium heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is warm.) Set aside.

Put the flour into a large bowl and add the salt, yeast and caster sugar. Pour the warm milk and butter into the flour mixture. Start mixing with a wooden spoon, then use your hands to mix the dough until it gradually forms a ball and leaves the sides of the bowl clean.

Lightly dust a clean work surface with flour and tip the dough out onto it. Stretch and pull the dough for 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a greased piece of cling film and set aside.

Make the filling. Weigh out 25g butter, put it in a small plastic or glass dish and microwave on high for 30 seconds to melt. (Or melt in a pan over a medium heat.) Put the rest of the butter in a bowl with the cinnamon, caster sugar and melted butter, and mix with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Take a large sheet of baking paper and put it onto a clean work surface. Sprinkle with flour, then take a rolling pin and lightly sprinkle it with flour. Uncover the dough and roll out on the baking paper to a large rectangle (about 30cm x 40cm).

Using a palette knife or flat-bladed knife (I found this part quite difficult so I got right in there with my mits and showed that dough some love), spread the cinnamon butter all over the dough, right up to the edges. Lift up the paper along the longest edge of the dough: as you lift, the dough should roll over. Keep lifting the paper until the cinnamon swirl is completely rolled, like a big Swiss roll.

Cut the cinnamon swirl into 2cm thick slices – you should make 18 slices. Ease a knife under each piece, then lie on its side in a muffin case so you can see the swirled effect. Transfer to lined, deep-hole muffin trays. (If you don’t have any muffin cases, put the cinnamon swirls directly into a non-stick, deep muffin tray.)

Crack the egg into a bowl and mix with a fork. Brush over the cinnamon buns, then sprinkle with the crushed sugar cubes. Cover the whirls with a greased piece of cling film and leave to prove in a warm place for about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 220°C/fan200°C/gas 7. Discard the cling film and bake the cinnamon swirls for 8 minutes, or until risen and golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before eating.


  1. Maria♥
    July 14, 2010 / 3:24 pm

    Katie, these look amazing. I love cinnamon buns but have never made my own. I must try this recipe!Mariax

  2. Joanne
    July 14, 2010 / 5:32 pm

    Mmm now I'm dreaming of a HUGE me-sized cinnamon bun. But I suppose these regular sized ones will do. THey look great!

  3. ajcabuang04
    July 14, 2010 / 6:43 pm

    I love watching Man V Food too!! It's jaw dropping to see how much food that guy can eat!! These cinnamon rolls look great and perfect for on-the-go!

  4. E is for Eleanor
    July 14, 2010 / 8:34 pm

    Oh gosh, these look beautiful. Yummy! I want to try them now!Pretty Much Penniless giveaway!

  5. Eliana
    July 14, 2010 / 9:14 pm

    I'm right there with you girl. Food TV is highly addictive. I just can't get away from it.

  6. Kris
    July 15, 2010 / 3:02 am

    These are just simple adorable! I feel the need to try and make some myself. Thanks for the great post! 😀

  7. Chele
    July 16, 2010 / 6:00 am

    I just can't get into Man vs Food – but I have tried lol. These buns look wonderful though, I've been meaning to make some myself for a while now.

  8. Cats_cupcakes
    July 16, 2010 / 10:33 am

    These look lovely! I love cinnamon so will definitely be making these at some point. Cat x

  9. Pam
    July 17, 2010 / 12:03 pm

    They look delicious for sure and a must try! Pretty plate too! I'm new here and know I will be back to see whats cooking!

  10. Val
    July 19, 2010 / 7:58 pm

    Great job!!! Your photos are great!

  11. Katie
    July 20, 2010 / 4:40 pm

    I've seen a few of the Man V Food shows – urgh I don't know how he eats so much!!These look fab and I can't resist anything cinnamony

  12. Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany)
    August 14, 2010 / 12:05 pm

    These look amazing! I'm now following you 😀

  13. The Kitchen Buzz
    August 23, 2010 / 7:10 am

    Can't wait to try the Raspberry Loaf with Lime Drizzle – I love sweet and tart flavors, simultaneously.

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