Here I am with armfuls of cinnamon buns. It’s one of the very first things I learnt to cook.
When I was at school, I had the most excellent home economics teacher. She was warm, kind-hearted, patient and always enthusiastic about sharing her love of the kitchen and cooking. I think of her often and consider that we are doing our very best to inspire young cooks. It is something that makes me so very proud.
It is truly wonderful when a child first falls in love with the ingredients’ transformations and the kitchen’s magic. However, beautiful food is not just about the final result. It is about the lovely thoughts of whom you are cooking for, the planning, the preparing. It is about skills, and it’s about flavour. It is also as much about generosity.
The pleasure of preparing is an art most of us learn at home as we are growing up. We know it from those whom we love and who inspire us.
Today, I baked these cinnamon buns. When I bake these, special memories are constantly stirred as I think of a dear teacher no longer with us.
Our home is now filled with the sweetest of aromas. Sweet cinnamon and warm dough waft through our house. These aromas are one of the happy scents of our home.
Happy cooking to you all.
n.b – This recipe is revised, improved, and appears in the reprinted Relish Mama cookbook. This recipe was first published here on the Relish Mama Blog in 2019.
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- Mixing bowl
- Baking tray
Sticky bun dough:
- 1 cup milk
- 85 g caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 125 g butter
- 125 ml water luke warm
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 7 g sachet of dried yeast
- 600 g plain flour (4 cups)
- 60 g unsalted butter softened
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 cups icing sugar sifted
- ½ lemon juiced
- Place the milk in a small pot and heat gently. Stir in the sugar, salt and butter. Once butter is melted, cool to lukewarm.
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. Transfer the lukewarm milk mixture to a mixing bowl. Add the egg, yeast mixture and half of the flour. Beat well until smooth. Add the remaining flour and combine well. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and leave at room temperature for 2 hours to rise.
- Preheat the oven to 190˚C.
- Lightly flour your bench top and use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out the dough to a rectangle approximately 45 cm x 25cm. Brush the rolled dough generously with melted butter and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon. Roll the dough up into a cylinder shape. Cut into slices about 4cm wide. Arrange the scrolls in a cake tin or baking dish that will hold them snugly, allowing 1-2cm between each. Bake scrolls for 20-25 minutes until golden and cooked through.
- To glaze the scrolls, combine icing sugar and lemon juice and stir briskly to combine. If too thick, add half a tablespoon hot water to make a thin icing. Drizzle the icing over the warm buns and serve.
- Tip: You can make the dough up to three days in advance. Instead of resting the dough at room temperature, place the dough in the fridge for up to three days. When ready to roll, let the dough come back to room temperature by placing it on the bench, covered for approximately half an hour.