I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a good nordic concept that gives me the warm fuzzies. First it was hygge, and now it’s ‘Lagom,’ the concept of ‘not too little, not too much.’ I completely devoured Niki Brantmark’s book.
It is now sitting in our living room (it helps that the cover is adorable) and the other day I was flipping through and came across a yummy looking cinnamon bun recipe. Moment of baking inspiration + Mira’s nap time = time for some cinnamon buns!
There is just something about pouring flour into a bowl that really gets me. The *thunk* once it hits the bottom. The incomparable softness. I would love to lay in a pool full of flour.
Butter….not so much. I really dislike working with butter. Once it’s softened it sticks to my hands and the knife. I never feel as though I’m ‘cubing’ it quite right.
Somehow, the dough ball is created.
I can definitely find some beauty in every step of the process. Although, not when I dropped the bottle of rice vinegar and it smashed all over the floor.
Mira woke up at some point, but she was happy to hang out while I baked (gotta love her growing autonomy).
2 c flour
1/4 c fine sugar
1/8 c active dried yeast
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 c butter, cubed
1 c warm milk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 c melted butter
1/3 brown sugar
2-3 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 c powdered sugar
1.5 tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients, then mix in butter with dough hook.
- Add the milk slowly while mixing the dough until it appears sticky. If it is too wet add a small bit of flour.
- Cover and allow to rise for an hour.
- Place dough on floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Roll into rectangular shape until about 1/2″ thick.
- Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll the dough on the long side and cut into about 1″ thick pieces. Spray a baking tray and place cut-side up on tray with a good amount of space between. Cover and allow to rise for 45 minutes.
- Brush buns with beaten egg and bake for 15 minutes (my oven required 20) or until the buns are golden.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- (optional) Whisk powdered sugar and milk to make glaze, pour over buns.