By Bucket of Bread
After having these treats, you won't think they're just for breakfast anymore. Grab lots of napkins because you're going to want to lick your fingers. This is going to be a rich and sweet experience for your taste buds.
Parchment paper or non-stick foil
For the Buns and Filling:
Traditional White Bucket (risen)
1 stick of softened butter
4 tablespoons of cinnamon
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream (lukewarm)
1 cup of brown sugar
For the Frosting:
1 stick softened butter
1 8-ounce pack of softened cream cheese
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Start Making Cinnamon Buns:
After your dough is risen and cooled in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour, reach in and grab a handful of dough weighing around 1 pound.
Using a rolling pin roll out the dough evenly. Don't press too hard as this may force the dough to stick to the surface. If it sticks, just gently lift it off the surface and flip it while continuing to roll it out. If you're looking for fluffy, bread-like cinnamon rolls, you want it about 3/4-inch thick. If you want softer more gooey, chewy cinnamon rolls, get it to about 1/4-inch thick.
Cut temperature appropriate parchment paper to match the shape of your baking dish and place it inside.
Get out the mixer and add the really soft butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Mix this until everything appears moist and spreadable.
Spread the filling evenly onto your rolled out dough.
Roll the dough up into a tube shape.
Cut the tube into about 2 inch pieces wide and place them onto the parchment paper in the baking dish.
Gently and slowly pour lukewarm heavy whipping cream over each of the buns letting it fill all the nooks and crannies of the sweet spirals. Dipping a brush into the liquid and basting these is also an effective means to get these to soak up all the cream.
While the soon to be buns are bathing in cream, preheat the oven to 450 F.
Clean up the mixing bowl and utensil for the frosting to be made later.
Once the oven is ready, place the baking dish into the oven and set a timer for 18-20 minutes (ovens vary so use your best judgement).
While Baking, Prepare the Frosting.
Add the softened (almost melted) butter and cream cheese to the mixing bowl.
Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice.
Slowly add the powdered sugar.
Mix until everything is smooth and silky.
When the Buns are Done:
BE VERY CAREFUL. The filling will have melted a little bit and if you get this on your skin, it will burn you really badly. It is sticky and EXTREMELY hot.
Carefully, removing the baking dish from the oven.
Cover the buns in frosting.
Want to add nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, or anything else–and/or other extras to the filling. What about adding chopped nuts or dark chocolate chunks (or both)? Make this recipe yours by adding your own special touch and share!