"The Ultimate cinnamon buns should be tender, gooey and unapologetically large."
Serving: Makes 8 buns
Time: 1 1/2 hours, plus 3 hours rising and 30 minutes cooling
- 3/4 cup whole milk, heated to 110 degrees
- 1/2 cup (2 oz.) cornstarch
- 2 1/4 teaspoons instant or rapid-rise yeast
- 1/2 cup (3.5 oz.) granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter - cut into 12 pieces and softened
- 4 1/4 cups (21 1/4 oz.) all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups packed (10.5 oz.) light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
- 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) confectioners' sugar
BEFORE YOU BEGIN -
In step 2, if after mixing for 10 minutes the dough is still wet and sticky, add up to 1/4 cup flour (a tablespoon at a time) until the dough releases from the bowl. For smaller cinnamon buns, cut the dough into 12 pieces in step 3.
- For the dough: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. When oven reaches 200 degrees, shut off. Line 13x9 in baking pan with foil, allowing excess foil to hang over pan edges. Grease foil and medium bowl.
- Whisk milk and yeast in liquid measuring cup until yeast dissolves, then whisk in eggs. In bowl of the stand mixer fitted with dough hook, mix flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt until combined. With mixer on low, add warm milk mixture in steady stream and mix until dough comes together, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and add butter, one piece at a time, until incorporated. Continue to mix until dough is smooth and comes away from sides of bowl, about 10 minutes. Turn dough out onto clean surface and knead to form a smooth, round ball. Transfer dough to prepared bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in warm oven. Let rise until doubled in size, about 2 hours.
- For the filling: Combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in small bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface. Following photos 1 and 2 in the related step-by-step, roll dough into 18 inch square, spread with butter, and sprinkle evenly with filling. Starting with the edge nearest you, roll dough into tight cylinder, pinch lightly to seal seam, and cut into 8 pieces. Transfer pieces cut-side up, to prepare pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- For the glaze and to bake: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk cream cheese, milk, vanilla and confectioners' sugar in medium bowl until smooth. Discard plastic wrap and bake buns until deep golden brown and filling is melted, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and top buns with 1/2 cup glaze; cool 30 minutes. Using foil overhand, lift buns from pan and top with remaining glaze. Serve.
- Make ahead: After transferring pieces to prepare pan in step 3, buns can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for 24 hours. When ready to bake, let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Remove plastic wrap and continue with step 4 as directed.