Cinnamon Buns must be one of the world’s most comforting foods. Especially as the weather turns cool, a warm cozy kitchen emitting a fragrance of yeasted dough and cinnamon is heaven on earth. But let’s face it, cinnamon buns are a ton of work. Most recipes require an hour of initial rising, then you need to fill them and slice them and let that rise for another hour. Then they need to bake for about 45 mins, but the time the process is complete 3 hours has gone by! Doesn’t anyone even want a cinnamon bun by noon on a Sunday? Sigh…
That’s why I LOVE this recipe! Prep all the ingredients the night before and let the dough rise while you are sleeping, overnight! Then wake up the next morning, fill, slice and bake straightaway. It’s dangerous how easy these are…because they are SO good you’ll want to be making them every weekend!
These would be perfect for Christmas morning, or anytime you want something over-the-top for a house full of guests! They will be completely impressed when you bring these to the table.
For a step-by-step demonstration you can watch my video below.
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- 3 ½ cups (420 g) flour
- 2 ¼ tsp (1 package) (1/4 ounce/7g) dry active yeast
- 2 tbsp (25 g) of sugar
- 1 tsp salt (5 ml)
- 1 tsp (5 ml) cinnamon
- 1 tsp (5 ml) orange zest
- ¾ cup (110 g) of raisins
- 1 ¼ cup warm water (between 110-125F or 43-51C)
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) melted butter + 1 tbsp (15 ml) for greasing
- 2 tbsp (23 g) brown sugar
- 2 tbsp (25 g) white sugar
- 1 tsp (5 ml) cinnamon
- 2 tsp (5 ml) orange zest
- ½ cup (75 g) chopped pecans
- 4 tbsp (60 g) softened butter
- ¼ cup (60 ml) whipped cream cheese
- 1 tbsp (7 g) powdered sugar
- ½ tsp (2.5 ml) vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) milk
- *Double Glaze recipe to have extra to serve on the side
- Combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt, cinnamon, orange zest, raisins. Then add water and melted butter and slowly mix into a dough, and then into a ball. Then knead on a floured surface for 20 turns.
- Place other 1 tbsp (15 ml) of butter in a clean bowl, and grease the sides of the bowl with it. Place dough inside and cover with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place overnight.
- Then have the filling ingredients below measured out and standing by on your counter and take out the 4 tbsp (60 g) of butter to allow to get to room temperature as well. This will make for easy assembly in the morning!
- To make the filling. Combine sugars and cinnamon, orange zest and pecans.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and place on well-floured surface; roll out to a 18” x 14” (45cm x 35cm) rectangle. Smear with softened butter, then sprinkle with filling.
- Roll up, like a jelly roll, from the long side. Slice into 2” (5cm) slices. Fit, cut side up, into a cast-iron skillet or pie plate or baking dish.
- Bake at 350 for 40-45 mins until golden brown and puffed up.
- Meanwhile whisk together the glaze. In a small bowl combine the cream cheese and sugar whisk until smooth. Then add vanilla and milk whisk until smooth.
- Ladle frosting over warm cinnamon buns! And serve!