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Recipe: Dark and Dangerous Cinnamon Buns

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These cinnamon buns are DELICIOUS and are now my go-to buns. They contain whole wheat flour and oats and are not dry like some of the other recipes I have tried in the past. And the cinnamon level is great... and I LOVE my cinnamon. They do have a whole wheat flavor but what do you expect?!

I threw all of the dough ingredients in my bread machine and let the good ol' Zo do the work since I had things I needed to work on during the morning... but you can do it by hand as well.

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Dark and Dangerous Cinnamon Buns

Source: The King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking (recipe by author, Jodi Picoult)

Yield: 16 cinnamon buns

Ingredients

Dough:
3/4 plus 2 tablespoons (7 ounces) lukewarm water
1/4 cup (2 ounces) orange juice
5 tablespoons (3 3/4 ounces) honey
1 large egg, separated (reserve the white)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
3 1/2 cups (14 ounces) whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (1 3/4 ounces) old-fashioned rolled oats
Heaping 1/2 cup (1 1/4 ounces) dried potato flakes or 3 tablespoons (1 1/4 ounces potato flour)
1/4 cup (1 ounce) nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast

Filling:
1 cup (7 1/2 ounces) packed light or dark brown sugar
1 large egg white
2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Icing:
2 cups (8 ounces) confectioner's sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of salt
2 or 3 tablespoons (1 to 1 1/2 ounch) milk or cream, enough to make a spreadable icing

Directions

To prepare the dough:

Combine all the dough ingredients, using the egg yolk and setting the white aside to use in the filling. Mix and knead - by hand, mixer or bread machine - until you have a medium-soft, smooth dough. Cover and allow the dough to rise until it's quite puffy, though probably not doubled in bulk, 1 to 2 hours. While the dough is rising, make the filling.

To prepare the filling:
Combine the filling ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until smooth.

Lightly grease a 9x13-inch, 11-inch square, 12-inch round or similar sized pan.

To shape the buns:
Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Roll and pat it into a 12x16-inch rectangle. Spread the filling over the dough, leaving a 1-inch margin along one long edge. If the filling seems too sticky to spread easily, wet your fingers and smear it over the dough as best you can.

Starting with the filling-covered long edge, roll the dough into a log, turning it so the seam is flat against the work surface. Using a long serrated knife or dental floss, gently cut it into 16 pieces.

Place the guns in the prepared pan, spacing them evenly: they won't touch one another. Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap or a proof cover, and allow the buns to rise for 1 to 1 1/4 hours. They won't double in size, but will become about half again as large as they were originally. They should barely touch each other. Near the end of the buns' rise, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To bake the buns:
Bake the buns, until they're a deep golden brown on top, 25-28 minutes. Remove them from the oven and after 3 minutes, carefully turn them out, upside-down, onto a rack. Place another rack, feet side up on the buns, and invert them once again, so their tops are up. they'll be hot and delicate, so be careful While the buns are cooling a bit, make the icing.

To finish the buns:
Beat together the sugar, vanilla, butter, salt, and 2 tablespoons of the milk (or cream) in a medium mixing bowl. Beat in additional milk or cream if the icing is too stiff to spread. Spread the icing on the lukewarm buns. Serve immediately, or cool completely, cover, and store at room temperature. Buns will keep well, covered, for several days.

Nutrition Information per serving (1 bun 96g)
28g whole grains, 288 cal, 5g fat, 6g protein, 22g complex carbohydrates, 33g sugar, 4g dietary fiber, 25mg cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 225mg potassium, 43RE vitamin A, 3mg vitamin C, 2mg iron, 62mg calcium, 139mg phosphorus

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