There is something so homey and comforting about yeast buns. They are soft, melt-in-your mouth tender, and not too sweet. They are wonderful with a glass of cold milk or a warm mug of coffee.
No wonder cinnamon buns are such a big hit at the malls. My husband adores these buns with their caramely, lush sticky glaze with crunchy pecans. As they bake, the house is filled with their warm, spicy aroma. It’s better than any scented candles, combining cinnamon and baked yeast rolls.
I like to prep the cinnamon buns and allow them to rise and place them in the oven just a little bit before eating dinner. Enjoying them while they are still warm is a must.
Reheat the leftovers in the microwave for 5 minutes or in the oven for 10 minutes and they are returned to their warm, gooey glory. I found the recipe from Taste of Home and havent’s found anything that compares to it since.
Yields: 12 servings
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons salt
3-3/4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/8 cup sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 – 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and allow to stand for about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients for the dough. I usually use a bread machine to mix the dough. You can easily knead the dough by hand or use a standing mixer. Place in a greased dough, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until the dough doubles.
When the dough is ready, roll it out on a well floured surface into a rectangle, 18×12 inch in size. Spread the softened butter on top of the dough, to about 1/2 inch of the edges of the dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon and 1/8 cup sugar. Roll up the dough tightly, lengthwise, just like a jelly roll. Cut the dough into 12 pieces. A little trick I have to make sure the pieces are equal in size is cutting the rolled up dough in half, then cutting each half in half and dividing each piece into 3 pieces. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together the heavy cream and the brown sugar. Pour into a greased 13×9 inch baking pan. Sprinkle the nuts over the cream mixture. Place the cut rolls on top of the cream and pecans.