Handmade Living, and thought it would be fun to make it last Saturday.
Once I had the dough mixed and risen, you simply roll it out, coat it with softened butter and cinnamon-sugar, and roll it up.
Once it's rolled into a 12" log, you cut it into 1" pieces (about 12 in a roll)
then spread them on a baking sheet and let them rise for another hour. Mine are a little sloppy, though my mind is often sloppy of late, with two children underfoot.
4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
For the dough, sprinkle the yeast over the warm milk and allow to "bloom" for 5 minutes or until foamy. Add the sugar, egg, butter, and cardamom and mix well. Combine the salt and flour, then add the mixture into the dough one cup at a time, incorporating it until smooth. Knead for 8-10 minutes, then transfer to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp warm towel for 1 hour. My trick is to put the bowl in your oven with a pan of boiling water below the bowl to make a perfect temperature for rising yeasted dough.
Cut dough in half, roll into 2 balls, then roll out into a 12"x12" rectangle. Coat with half of the softened butter, then sprinkle with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Roll it up (as in the photos above), cut into 1" slices, place on a baking sheet. Rise for another hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Glaze the buns with the egg wash, and sprinkle with fine sugar. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy warm.