Christmas morning is special in so many ways. Our tradition in our house was a tea ring every Christmas morning for breakfast. Start a tradition in your home with this Christmas Baking Recipe for Cinnamon Buns. Imagine the aroma of fresh warm cinnamon buns while your family is opening gifts by the tree with a cozy fire in the fireplace. And I in my kerchief……….Sorry, I got carried away.
- 3 cups Bread Flour (divided)
- 1 cup Sugar (1/4 cup for dough, reserve remaining)
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tbsp. Yeast
- 1/2 cup Half and Half
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup Butter (1/4 cup for dough, reserve remaining)
- 1 Egg
- 3-4 tbsp cinnamon (to sprinkle on rolled out dough)
- 1 cup raisins (optional)
- Please see my Butter Cream Icing recipe.
- Combine 1 1/2 cups flour with 1/4 cup sugar, salt, and yeast and mix together in large mixing bowl. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer bowl.
- Heat milk, water, and 1/4 cup butter together until you can stick your finger in it and it is the temperature of bath water. I call this the ‘finger test’. I like to use scientific terms (giggle, giggle, wink, wink).
- Beat with dough hook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add egg and remaining 1 1/2 cup flour. Beat another 2 minutes until the dough pulls away from the bowl.
- Grease a bowl and put dough in bowl turned to lightly grease all dough and cover with a clean dish towel. Place in a warm spot until dough rises to twice its original size.
- Punch (literally) dough down and roll out on lightly floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
- Melt 1 stick of butter and pour it over dough. Using pastry brush spread evenly from end to end.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar leaving about 1 inch around sides free of cinnamon/sugar. Top with raisins(optional).
- Roll dough into a log.
- Cut into 12 even slices with a serrated knife.
- Cover and let rise in warm place until buns are twice their size.
- Bake at preheated 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
- Let cool for a few minutes then very carefully turn over onto serving platter or plate.
- Let cool about 10 minutes and drizzle with butter cream icing.
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)