Holiday Morning Cinnamon Sugar Buns

by Melanie on December 22, 2009

These buns are perfect for Christmas morning and go perfectly with our families traditional Christmas Eggs and some fresh fruit. I first saw them over at the wonderful Kitchen Cafe. I love that they are quick and easy and that you can make them up ahead of time. Then on Christmas morning they go directly from the freezer into the oven to bake while you see what Santa brought. Perfect! They are very tastey! We love them! I am going to make them today and pop them in my freezer! I am soo very excited for Christmas! That tree pan came from Demarle-my FAVORITE baking products ever! More on that later! Email me if you want more info now:)
Holiday Christmas Buns
submitted by Melanie Recipe From King Arthur Flour blog3 1/2 cups (14 3/4 ounces) all-purpose Flour + 1/2 cup (2 1/4 ounces) cornstarch
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons (7/8 ounce) sugar
2 to 2 1/4 cups heavy cream

Coating
7 tablespoons butter, melted, OR 2 5/8 ounces milk
Cinnamon and sugar for rolling

If you don’t have any demarle nonstick baking pans, then lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan, line with parchment, and grease the parchment. Parchment isn’t absolutely necessary, but it makes it easier to get the bubbly, sugary buns out of the pan once they are baked.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add 2 cups of the cream all at once, then toss and stir the mixture till the dough comes together. If necessary, add additional cream to make the dough cohesive. Gather the dough in your hands and knead it a few times to make sure there are no dry spots.

Place the cinnamon sugar in a small, shallow bowl or pan; or in a plastic zip-top bag. Break off pieces of dough about the size of a ping pong ball, or about 1 1/8 ounces. Dip each piece in melted butter or milk, then roll or shake in the cinnamon-sugar to coat. Place the cinnamon-coated dough balls into the pan of your choice in a single layer; they’ll be touching one another, which is just fine.

Cover the pan with plastic, and place in the freezer overnight, or for up to a week or so. If freezing longer than overnight wrap the entire pan in plastic wrap, then in foil. Next day, remove the pan from the freezer, and let the buns rest at room temperature while you preheat your oven to 350°F. The buns don’t need to thaw.

If you’re baking the buns immediately (not frozen), bake them for 45 to 50 minutes, till the buns in the center are cooked through. You can asses this by taking a toothpick and actually digging into the center bun to take a look; it should look totally baked, not doughy. If the buns have been frozen, bake them for 65 to 70 minutes, testing for doneness as instructed above. Tent them with aluminum foil after 45 minutes of baking.

Remove from the oven, and serve immediately. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired, right before serving 

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mindy December 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm

So cute! I love that De Marle pan.

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2 Valerie December 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Yay!!! I was just thinking that I'd love to bundle up (lots of snow here) and watch Christmas movies with my kids tonight while sipping hot chcolate and eating cinnamon rolls. These don't require yeast, which is one of my enemies. :)

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3 Laura December 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm

I am jealous. I want that tree pan, but I didn't have the money to get it . Maybe next year.

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