This recipe is Scandinavian with spicier approach. I swear it is the best recipe for Cinnamon rolls, and so far it has been a secret one…. But I’ve decided to finally share it and spread some cinnamon love… Hope you enjoy!
0,5 l warm milk/water/coconut milk or other equivalent
1 egg (plus another one for glazing, optional)
2 (total 14g) sachets of dried yeast or 50g of fresh yeast
200g caster sugar
15g (tablespoon) salt
15g ground cardamom
pinch of vanilla
150g soft butter/oil, plus a bit extra
1kg-1,2kg strong flour or equivalent
cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling, plus almond flakes (optional)
Mix all your ingredients, apart from the flour and butter, together. Add 90% of the flour and start kneading. After a couple of minutes add the butter and remaining flour. Keep kneading for 10 minutes adding small bit of flour if the dough is too sticky, but avoid making it too hard.
Leave to rest under a clean tea towel or cling film for 20 mins to reduce the elasticity.
Roll the dough into a rectangle shape about 30 cm wide and 3cm thick. Length doesn’t matter, it only determines how many buns you’ll be able to cut once it is rolled up. (You can divide the dough into two equal sizes before rolling it, to make it easier to manage) Spread your extra soft butter/oil on the rolled out dough, sprinkle evenly the extra sugar and ground cinnamon. Start rolling up the dough width ways, making it nice and tight/compact. Cut into about 5cm long pieces. Turn them on their side and press down gently.
Place on the baking tray to rise for about an hour, or until doubled in size, under a clean tea towel or a cling film. Once risen glaze gently with a beaten egg with a pastry brush, sprinkle with flaked almond and sugar. Bake in 225 degrees Celsius for about 15 mins or until nice golden brown colour.
Enjoy with a glass of milk or hot chocolate! Mm…
(Cinnamon rolls don’t stay fresh for very long, but they freeze really well, as long as you do it straight away once cooled down. I thaw them by popping them in to hot oven for a few minutes, this way they are like freshly baked again!)