Festive Cinnamon Rolls

Festive Cinnamon Rolls

Festive Cinnamon Rolls

With a week to go my baking has definitely taken a festive turn!

Ok, so these snow-flaked festive cinnamon rolls are simply cinnamon rolls with, er, snow flakes but as I’ve never posted a straight up cinnamon roll recipe I thought I’d share them with you anyway, snowflakes and all.

I made a batch and froze half so that I could quickly bake them straight from the freezer if anyone pops round over the next few days while we’re house sitting.

It’s our gorgeous regular house sit – as seen in A Day In The Life Of A House Sitter! – and it’s close to Chris’s family and friends, anyone could appear and I’ll be ready! 

There is an Aga so I love baking bread and bread-type stuff when I’m here. The Aga just bakes them so perfectly.

This recipe is basically the same dough and filling as Korvapuusti but with a simpler construction – a basic swirl.

I made a simple icing of icing sugar and orange juice, drizzled it and scattered with sugar snowflakes (bought from Tesco, I couldn’t resist them) for a festive twist.

They look so pretty don’t you think?

Festive Cinnamon Rolls

The sugar snowflakes give a great crunch, in the same satisfying way as the more traditional pearled sugar only these are added after the baking rather than before.

Fill your kitchen with the festive scent of cinnamon, cardamom and fresh bread: when these babies come out of the oven you will be in heaven!
Festive Cinnamon Rolls

Festive Cinnamon Rolls

For the dough:
  • 225 ml (a scant cup) milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 60 g (1/2 stick plus a bit) unsalted butter
  • 1 sachet (1 tbsp) of fast-action dried yeast
  • 500 g (4 cups) strong (bread) white flour
  • 1 generously heaped tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 75 g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 1 free-range egg beaten

Heat the milk to almost boiling point then take off the heat then add the salt and the butter (cut into slices if it is straight out the fridge). The butter will melt into the milk.

Allow to cool to lukewarm.

Place the flour, yeast, ground cardamom and caster sugar into a large bowl and thoroughly mix together: a balloon whisk will do this brilliantly.

When the milk/butter has cooled, mix in the egg.

Add most of this liquid to the dry ingredients and begin to combine, switching to your hands. You may not need all the liquid depending on the flour and the humidity.

Bring the dough together and knead for around 8 to 10 minutes until soft and smooth.

Place into a clean bowl, cover with cling or a tea towel and leave to prove for around an hour, it needs to double in size. Leave it somewhere draft-free and not too cold.

Prepare a couple of baking sheets by lining with baking parchment.

Festive Cinnamon Rolls

For the filling:
  • 60 g (1/2 stick plus a bit) salted butter, very soft
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) light brown, or light muscovado, sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon

Once the dough has risen, remove from the bowl and roll out quite thinly into a squarish rectangle. It wants to be around 5 mm thick.

Cover the rolled out dough with the soft butter, spreading it out evenly with the back of a metal spoon, or your hands (that’s what I do!). Evenly sprinkle over the sugar followed by the cinnamon.

Tightly roll the rectangle up.

Slice the dough ‘sausage’ into evenly sized slices and lay flat on the prepared baking sheets leaving plenty of room between them to spread.

Cover with clingfilm or tea towels and leave to prove for about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190ºC / 375º F / gas 5.

Once the buns have plumped up, bake them for around 10 – 15 minutes (depending on how thick the buns are), they should be risen and golden.

Cool on a wire rack.

To Finish:
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • enough orange juice to make a paste
  • sugar snowflakes

Once cold, make the icing by sifting the icing sugar into a bowl and adding just enough orange juice to make a paste thin enough to drizzle.

Drizzle over the cooled buns and stick the sugar snowflakes prettily to the icing.

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Festive Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon Rolls dusted with snow flakes.
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For the dough
  1. 225 ml (a scant cup) milk
  2. 1/2 tsp salt
  3. 60 g (1/2 stick plus a bit) unsalted butter
  4. 1 sachet (1 tbsp) of fast-action dried yeast
  5. 500 g (4 cups) strong (bread) white flour
  6. 1 generously heaped tbsp ground cardamom
  7. 75 g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  8. 1 free-range egg beaten
For the filling
  1. 60 g (1/2 stick plus a bit) salted butter, very soft
  2. 100 g (1/2 cup) light brown, or light muscovado, sugar
  3. 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
To Finish
  1. 1 cup icing sugar
  2. enough orange juice to make a paste
  3. sugar snowflakes
Instructions
  1. Heat the milk to almost boiling point then take off the heat then add the salt and the butter (cut into slices if it is straight out the fridge). The butter will melt into the milk. Allow to cool to lukewarm.
  2. Place the flour, yeast, ground cardamom and caster sugar into a large bowl and thoroughly mix together: a balloon whisk will do this brilliantly.
  3. When the milk/butter has cooled, mix in the egg.
  4. Add most of this liquid to the dry ingredients and begin to combine, switching to your hands. You may not need all the liquid depending on the flour and the humidity.
  5. Bring the dough together and knead for around 8 to 10 minutes until soft and smooth.
  6. Place into a clean bowl, cover with cling or a tea towel and leave to prove for around an hour, it should double in size. Leave it somewhere draft-free and not too cold.
  7. Prepare a couple of baking sheets by lining with baking parchment.
  8. Once the dough has risen, remove from the bowl and roll out quite thinly into a squarish rectangle. It wants to be around 5 mm thick.
  9. Cover the rolled out dough with the soft butter, spreading it out evenly with the back of a metal spoon. Evenly sprinkle over the sugar followed by the cinnamon.
  10. Tightly roll the rectangle up.
  11. Slice the dough 'sausage' into evenly sized sliced and lay flat on the prepared baking sheets leaving plenty of room between them to spread.
  12. Cover with clingfilm or tea towels and leave to prove for about 45 minutes.
  13. Preheat the oven to 190ºC / 375º F / gas 5.
  14. Once the buns have plumped up, bake them for around 10 - 15 minutes (depending on how thick the buns are), they should be risen and golden.
  15. Cool on a wire rack.
  16. Once cold, make the icing by sifting the icing sugar into a bowl and adding just enough orange juice to make a paste thin enough to drizzle.
  17. Drizzle over the cooled buns and stick the sugar snowflakes to the icing.
Notes
  1. Freeze un-iced and reheat in a hot oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
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Festive Cinnamon Rolls

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Korvapuustit Finnish cinnamon rolls – rolled up a whole different way!

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How much do you love cinnamon rolls?

9 Responses

  1. Viswa says:

    You made some delicious foodies,i like your buns,that looks mouth watering,really thanks for sharing some tasty recipes..

  2. mimi says:

    Gorgeous!!! Merry Christmas Rachel! Happy Travels!
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  3. Why do I get the feeling you’re going to have a lot if visitors popping around now? 😉 These look fab!

  4. Meghan says:

    Oh, these look divine. Makes me wish I was popping around for a visit! :)
    Meghan recently posted…Oh, There’s a Trail Here. Or, How I Found the Sidney Peaks Trail.My Profile

  5. I love cinnamon buns A LOT, in fact I made some on Friday! They just say Christmas to me. Loving the snowflakes on top!
    Kerry at Kerry Cooks recently posted…The Ultimate Chocolate {Not} Mince PieMy Profile

    • Rachel Davis says:

      Thanks Kerry! Cinnamon rolls rock the world! I eat them throughout the year with my Nordic fascination, but it felt perfect timing to bake a batch for Christmas. I saw the snowflakes and knew exactly where I was going to scatter them!

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